The Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) is proud to announce that 2013 is The Year of the Foxhunting Thoroughbred. MFHA is offering $750 in cash and prizes to a hunt member and a hunt club which use registered Thoroughbreds and which are excelling in second careers as either a field or a staff horse.
“There are a great number of excellent Thoroughbreds in hunts across America,” says Ed Kelly, president of the board of MFHA. “We’re pleased to honor these exceptional athletes, many of whom have found productive second careers through MFHA registered hunts.”
Executive Director Dennis Foster notes that some of his best hunting horses have been Thoroughbreds off the track. “They are one of a kind and the only breed that has that second wind when other breeds give out. The Thoroughbred contribution to foxhunting goes beyond just ex-race horses. Their influence on other breeds makes them the most important horse in foxhunting. “The Thoroughbred contribution to foxhunting goes beyond just ex-race horses. While ex-race horses are the overwhelming favorite for many hunts and most staff, the MFHA members give second careers to a variety of unwanted horses from other breeds and disciplines. Premarin foals, drafts and draft crosses, Standardbreds, mustangs and even a few mules. One can see representatives of multiple horse breeds on any given hunt.”
The MFHA will be offering four awards (details and applications available at MFHA.com and ecovertside.net):
1) Staff Horse of the Year: Nominated by a registered and recognized hunt’s MFH, the Staff Horse of the Year exhibits the best qualities of the TB and the hunt horse: game, bold, fearless, fast and rideable. The staff hunt horse is truly a special animal that everyone in the club admires for his qualities. Must be a registered Thoroughbred, with proof of registration as provided at www.tjctip.com. Award: $250 to the hunt club and engraved or embroidered prize (cooler, halter, etc) (provided by T.I.P.). Also an engraved perpetual trophy. Winner announced at the MFHA Annual Meeting, January 2014.
2) Field Member Horse of the Year: Field Master nominated, this horse exhibits the best qualities of the TB and field horse: a fine jumper, polite in the field, well mannered at the trailer. Must be a registered Thoroughbred, with proof of registration as provided at www.tjctip.com. $250 to member + cooler. Winner announced at MFHA Annual Meeting Jan. 2014.
3) Adult Essay Contest Winner (entries open 1/15/13, close on 4/15/13): The best true-story essay about a TB in the hunt field. Award, $250. Winner announced in Summer Covertside Literature issue, 2013
4) Best Junior Essay Contest (entries open 1/15/13, close on 4/15/13): Open to entrants under 18 Award prize. Winner announced in Summer Covertside Literature issue, 2013
Winners of the essay contests will be published in Covertside, The Magazine of Mounted Foxhunting, while the two Hunt Horse of the Year winners will be announced and awarded at the Masters of Foxhounds Association Annual Meeting in New York City in 2014.
For application and further information, go to mfha.org or click here.