Rainy Day Blues (as in Ribbons): Rain Can't Dampen Spirits at Maryland Puppy Show

Despite being one of its wettest shows in recent memory, the Maryland Foxhound Club did not let the incessant rain slow the pace or dampen the enthusiasm of the judges, hounds and handlers who met on the lush and stately grounds of the historic Green Spring Valley Hunt Club (GVS) in Glyndon, MD on May 5 for the 44th annual Puppy Show. The show is held on a rotating basis among ten MFHA-sanctioned hunts in Maryland and is restricted to unentered hounds, and the stallion and brood bitches that produced them. It is considered by many as the dress rehearsal for the nationally known Virginia and Bryn Mawr hound shows.

New York/New Jersey Puppy Show Highlights Future Stars

The New York/New Jersey Interhunt Puppy Show was hosted by the Essex Fox Hounds and held in the courtyard of the Essex Stables in Peapack, New Jersey Saturday, May 11. Under a brilliant blue sky, Joint Masters Jazz Merton and Karen Murphy welcomed huntsmen and guests from Amwell Valley Hounds, Windy Hollow Hunt, Genesee Valley Hunt and local friends and subscribers of the Essex Fox Hounds. Lunch was served in the new Essex Hunt Room after which hounds competed.

Long- and Short-Legged Hounds Shine at Carolinas Hound Show

The 43rd Carolina Hound Show on May 10 once again provided an opportunity for hound enthusiasts from different backgrounds to get together and celebrate all types of sport with hounds. Held at Lyell's Meadow and the Implement Shed in Southern Pines, NC, the weather held off this year and participants enjoyed a fine spring day in the Carolinas. MFHA President Tony Leahy, MFH, Massbach and Fox River Valley, judged with MFHA Executive Director David Twiggs.

Wiggins Hounds Hosts Hunt Clinic for Area Riders

Wiggins Hounds (SC) held its three-day hunt clinic on March 8-10 on the grounds of Wiggins Hounds’ kennels and the estate of its Master. To advance the the MFHA message and to promote the sport of mounted hunting with hounds, Wiggins Hounds, under the leadership of Edmund S. Twining, III, MFH, and huntsman Tommy Gesell conceived of the Hunt Clinic to improve horsemanship and instruct field etiquette within the context of a strong conservation ethic and respect for landowner and management of territory issues.

Celebrations Highlight Annual Meeting in NYC

Our Annual Meeting in New York City on January 26 was an enthusiastic opportunity to thank our leadership for their hard work, to recognize individuals and clubs who have contibuted to our sport, and to anticipate an exciting year ahead. In addition to acknowledging Board members and newly elected Masters, the occasion highlighted this year's recipient of the prestigious Hunting Habitat Conservation Award and a new trophy for the championship performance trial hound.

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