USPC Announce Hildegard Neill Ritchie Joys of Foxhunting Writing Contest Winners

The United States Pony Clubs announce the three top finishers in the 2017 Hildegard Neill Ritchie Joys of Foxhunting Writing Contest. This competition is open to all D- or C-rated Pony Club members. The winner receives a $200 cash prize to spend on foxhunting dues, hunt capping fees, Pony Club camp or related activities, with smaller awards to second and third places. From the sounds of the hunt field, to a sleepy pony reluctant to leave his hay-filled stall, to the unseen bonds between hound and fox, these young writers capture the thrills and mysteries of the field. 

Sophia Martin Epitomizes the Future at Lowcountry Hunt

Children bring a special excitement and levity to the hunt field, and at age seven, Sophia Martin of Lowcountry Hunt (SC) is an experienced rider and occasional staff member. Though only in second grade, she has already helped hunt hounds with such esteemed huntsmen as Martyn Blackmore at Lowcountry, Tot Goodwin of Green Creek Hounds (NC) and William Dunne of Middleton Place Hounds (SC). She recently received Lowcountry's Junior of the Year Award.

Fort Leavenworth's Junior Hunt Puts Kids in Command

Fort Leavenworth Hunt (KS) recently held its Junior Meet, the culmination of a thoughtfully-planned program to encourage children to ride in the field. Joint Master Steve Smith shares their strategy to engage youngsters, and several juniors themselves weigh in on the day's sport - and how to attract other kids to come out foxhunting. 

County Clare Junior Overcomes Challenges to Hunt

Seven-year-old Brianna Scanlan shares the love of horses, dogs and being outdoors with many children her age. Born with numerous physical and developmental challenges, including epilepsy and cardiac abnormalities, it's more difficult for her to participate. But with the help of a special canine friend and her sporting family, she's a popular figure in her local hunt field in Ireland.

What I Didn't See at the Junior North American Field Hunter Championships

I was honored to be asked to join the panel of judges for November’s Junior North American Field Hunter Championship, hosted by Belle Meade Hunt (GA). The weekend offered social events, hunting, whip cracking and horn blowing contests, the competitive mock hunt and elite final tests, plus the chance to connect with some friends from across the country - so I packed up my truck, loaded Rosie the Connemara/Thoroughbred into the Featherlite, and headed south to Foxboro Farm, the home and farm of Belle Meade MFH, Epp Wilson.

Young Hunters Create New Organization in UK

Founded in 2015, This is Hunting UK (TiHUK) works proactively to promote the beneficial aspects of foxhunting in the United Kingdom. As TiHUK grew rapidly, younger participants expressed the desire for their own organization, and Young Hunters UK was created. Joint chairmen Will Berry and Rosie Finney shared their backgrounds and goals for the nascent club.

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