Benjamin H. Hardaway, III, MFH Midland Fox Hounds, Passes Away

Benjamin H. Hardaway, III, MFH, influential hound breeder and past president of the MFHA, passed away on October 19. Ben served as the MFHA President from 1981-1984 and as a member of our Hunt Staff Benefit Foundation Board of Directors for seven years. As a Master of Foxhounds for 67 years, he had a profound influence internationally on foxhounds and hunting. As we are saddened by our loss, we equally celebrate a life well lived. Mr. Hardaway was a true icon of our sport. Read more in the upcoming print issue of Covertside, and read his full obituary here.

 

Register Now for NYC Events in January 2018

It's time to register for our annual Masters' Dinner, Annual Meeting, and Masters' Ball in New York City! The dinner will take place on Thursday, January 25, at 8pm at the Union Club in Manhattan, which will also host Friday's membership meeting at 9am. Later Friday evening, the Masters' Ball gets underway at 8pm at the Pierre Hotel. For new Masters, the events begin with a luncheon at the Pierre on Thursday. Find all the details and register on our website

Plan to Support the Hunt Staff Benefit Foundation

While it seems like the season is just getting underway, it will soon be time to begin planning for the holidays, and many hunts ask their members to consider supporting the Hunt Staff Benefit Foundation. This fund provides financial assistance to professional hunt staff and their families facing urgent financial need. Grants are considered on an individual basis determined by need. For more information on how to support this important foundation, please click here.

Hark Forward Series Charges Ahead

Our season-long celebration of foxhunting in support of the new MFHA headquarters in Middleburg is off to a great start. Enjoy this month's eCovertside articles about the Hound Performance Trials and Field Hunter Trials from the past few weeks. Mark your calendars for the coming month's events: Hound Performance Trials at Bull Run and Rappahannock, Field Hunter Championships at Arapahoe and Keswick, and the Junior North American Field Hunter Championships at Belle Meade. To see all of the year's activities, visit our Hark Forward page.

Southeastern Hunts Survive Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma tracked up the length of Florida and into the southeast, many of our hunts were impacted by the wind and flooding that accompanied the storm. Fortunately, staff and supporters across several states prepared ahead of time to reinforce kennels, stockpile supplies, and coordinate cleanup efforts.

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