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Live Oak Hounds Supports Pony Club with Generous Incentives

USPCbluelogoforwebAugust 1, 2013 (Lexington, KY) - The seventh annual Live Oak Hounds USPC Foxhunting Challenge Award is made possible through the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. C. Martin Wood III, Joint Masters of the Live Oak Hounds in Monticello, Florida, and Past Presidents of the MFHA. The Award is designed to encourage Pony Club members who do not regularly hunt to try the sport, and to reward members who hunt on a regular basis to act as mentors to the less-experienced Pony Club members. $10,000 in awards will go to the top six Pony Clubs who regularly take the greatest number of active Pony Club members out hunting.


2013 Joys of Foxhunting Writing Contest Winners Announced

USPCbluelogoforwebCongratulations to the winners of the 2013 installment of the US Pony Clubs Hildegard Ritchie Writing Contest!

1st place - Celsie H., C-2 Flat with Middle Tennessee Pony Club Read the winning essay here! 
2nd place - Kathryn C., C-1 Trad with Baywood Pony Club Read here!
3rd place -Ashley A., D-1 with Sandia Creek Ranch Pony Club Riding Center Read here!

Judges were: Nancy Ambrosiano, Linda Hagerman and Mary Pierson.

The annual Hildegard Neill Ritchie Writing contest is open to all D- or C- Pony Club members. The winning submission will receive a $200 cash prize to be spent on Foxhunting dues, hunt capping fees, Pony Club camp or anything related to these activities. Second Place: $100; Third Place $50. The winning entries will be published in Pony Club News and in The Chronicle of the Horse.  Deadline for submissions is May 1. 

Learn more about this and other USPC awards!

Passion and Love of Sport Unite Young Foxhunters During International Foxhunting Exchange

USPC LedburyUSPC members with the Ledbury HuntFor most people, the vacation of a lifetime would take place somewhere warm; perhaps with a sandy beach, turquoise waters and palm trees. For me, my vacation of a lifetime took place in an area known for its cold, wet seasons and muddy fields. Instead of a comfortable lounging chair by the water, I was on the back of a horse. And instead of swimming with dolphins or touring the local attractions, I was galloping behind a pack of foxhounds. All of this because instead of Bali or Mexico or the Caribbean, where most "normal" people choose to spend their vacation, I was in England, riding with distinguished hunts such as the Bicester with Whaddon Chase, the Vale of the White Horse, and the Ledbury. 

US Pony Clubs Announces International Foxhunting Exchange Participants

The International Foxhunting Exchange is USPC Foxhunting Exchangean invitational cultural exchange between Pony Club members from Ireland, United States and Great Britain.

The Exchange is all about meeting new people, learning about different cultures, and having a wonderful time with new Pony Club friends. While
the cultural portion of the Exchange is a primary focus, riding and Foxhunting are involved. The Hunting will be across the country, with a variety of hunts, all recognized by the Masters of Foxhounds Association. In addition to hunting, there will be planned trips for sightseeing, kennel tours and many opportunities to socialize.
Team members for all Pony Club International Exchanges are selected through an application process, based on numerous specific questions about their involvement in Pony Club, educational goals, riding experience and Ambassadorship. In addition they submit a video of their riding on the flat and over fences.

For Love of the Sport

Ashleigh and D2 croppedThree years ago, I never thought I would be galloping through open fields, flying over coops, watching the hounds, or saying, “tally ho!” when I saw a fox. But now, I can’t stop thinking about it. I’m always planning the next time I can go foxhunting. I read foxhunting books, draw foxhunting pictures, and decorate my room with hunting décor. I have found what I want to do for the rest of my life.

When I turn 17 this December, I will have been riding for 10 years. Up until I tried foxhunting, I did mainly hunters and jumpers with a little eventing here and there. A couple of years ago when I decided I wanted to get serious with my riding, I needed to choose one of the two disciplines to focus on: hunters and jumpers or eventing. It was a real struggle for me to decide which one—both had positives and negatives in my eyes. After a while of contemplation, I finally chose hunters and jumpers as my focus. I love to go to shows and compete, but I got to thinking, is this really what I want to do for the rest of my life?

Who Says You Have to Ride Fast to be Part of the Action?

Dianna Romanick photoDianna Romanick photoThe Moingona Hunt of Iowa-Kansas hosted its Annual Invitational Hunt on the weekend of September 22-23, 2012, with the Sunday hunt being dedicated to the Pony Clubs of Iowa.

Members from three clubs, Prairie Jumpers, Silver Bits, and the Timber Ridge Pony Club, arrived on Saturday at the home of MFH Tommy and Jessica Ghrist in southern Iowa. After settling in they were treated to an afternoon trail ride through hunt country to get a feel for what they could expect on Sunday.

Temperatures dipped to near freezing Saturday night which offered spectacular hunting conditions for Sunday morning: crisp, cool, and no wind, which is something we have not seen in many months.

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