Pony Club Members Visit Shakerag Hounds

On July 8, Shakerag Hounds (GA) welcomed the local Pony Club members to visit our kennel and learn about foxhunting. The DC of the Hilltoppers Pony Club, Christie Hanson, and I had this event scheduled for awhile. On the day, ten or so kids, with their parents in tow, showed up at the kennel for an early morning hound exercise at 7am. Some of the families had to drive over an hour and a half to get there!

Brady Cully, 14, Reports on Showing at Bryn Mawr

Recently I worked in the Crossbred ring at the Bryn Mawr Hound Show alongside my father, who is the huntsman and Master of Rose Tree-Blue Mountain Hunt (PA) and another knowledgeable houndsman, John Broadhurst. We showed in many classes, including the pack class. In the ring, I held hounds for my father and in the pack class, I whipped in to him.

A Junior's Report from the New Jersey Inter-Hunt Puppy Show

On May 10th, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the New Jersey Inter-Hunt Puppy Show, hosted by Windy Hollow Hunt (NY). About a week before, a couple of my friends and I were invited to go to the kennels and attempt to learn how to show hounds in just a few days. After three or four days of watching and learning how to walk, stack, and bathe foxhounds, the day of the show approached quickly. Huntsman Chris Burrowswood was kind enough to lend us white coats and deal with us really not knowing what was going on!

Photo Gallery from Junior Handlers Show at Keswick

Seventeen youngsters had a great time at the May 13th Junior Handlers Hound Show, hosted by Keswick Hunt Club (VA) on the grounds of historic Montpelier. Entries represented Keswick, Farmington (VA), and the Farmington Beagles (VA). Hounds, beagles, children and spectators alike enjoyed a friendly competition, with a little education about presenting hounds and learning horn calls. Judges Charles Montgomery, huntsman at Bull Run, Elizabeth "Boo" Montgomery, and Charlotte D. Buttrick, ex-MFH, MBH, assisted by Ring Steward Barclay Rives, were cheerfully patient and good-natured through the afternoon, often giving advice and demonstrating correct technique to the juniors.

Kids Take Charge at Arapahoe Junior Meet

Arapahoe Hunt's (CO) Junior Hunt Day on April 8 was a marvelous day of "firsts" for the young members of the Arapahoe Hunt Pony Club! There were huge smiles on the faces of both kids and adults. From following hounds off the leadline to keeping up with whippers-in, many Pony Club members checked goals off their foxhunting wish lists.

Seven-Year-Old Reports on "My Favorite Day - the Hunt"

Colette "Coco" Barnicoat, age 7, recently enjoyed a day out with Santa Ynez Valley Hounds (CA) for their closing meet. She kindly submitted this recap of her day's sport with joint Masters Bonnie Hayden and Paul McEnroe and huntsman Claire Buchy-Anderson: "I am racing to my room to start packing for my favorite place, the ranch. It is a very good trip but it is two hours. And once we get there, we have dinner and then dessert and then we go to bed. But it's very hard to fall asleep.

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