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Put the Hark Forward Celebration on Your Sporting Schedule

Hark Forward! Hound Trials dates have been set for the 2017-2018 season. Plan to participate as a rider, competitor, host, or spectator, and extend an invitation to your not-yet-foxhunting friends to come along and learn about our sport! Subject to change, the series of hound trials kick offs at Fox River Valley (IL) and Millbrook (NY) in September and continues at Moore County (NC) and Bull Run/Rappahannock (VA) in October. Check back at mfha.com for additions and updates.

Apply for MFHA District Conservation Awards

If you would like to nominate a hunt club or individual member(s) for a District Conservation Award, it's time to begin planning to submit your supporting information. Materials should be sent to your District Representative. The MFHA Foundation instituted these awards to recognize conservation efforts in the various MFHA districts, and to inspire future land conservation efforts among members of the foxhunting family. The award is an engraved silver julep cup from the MFHA Foundation, as well as a one-year subscription to Covertside.

Order "Pageant's Miraculous Journey" and Support the MFHA Foundation

The children's book, "Pageant's Miraculous Journey," is still available, with all sale proceeds donated to the MFHA Foundation. Based on the true story of one Live Oak hound's 30-mile trek home after slipping out of his leash at a veterinary hospital, "Pageant's Miraculous Journey" is a fun tale featuring Pageant's imagined sojourn back to kennels. Along the way, author Catherine Ledyard and illustrator Beth Secor follow the hound as he interacts with many native Florida wild animals, some helpful and some less helpful. Visit the MFHA website to purchase your copy.

Pre-order your 2018 MFHA Calendar and Save!

Plan ahead and order your 2018 foxhunting calendars! The pre-sale cost is $20 each, with no additional shipping and handling charge, through August 15. These beautiful calendars look great in the tackroom and also make terrific gifts for landowners, staff, and friends. To order, visit our website, call 505-553-1576 or mail your check (payable to Covertside) to P.O. Box 9144, Albuquerque, NM 87119.

Huntsmen's Room Will Induct Atkins, Beeman, and Wood

The Museum of Hounds and Hunting North America will induct the late James L. Atkins, former huntsman at Virginia's Old Dominion Hounds, Piedmont Fox Hounds, and Warrenton Hunt, along with Dr. Marvin Beeman, DVM, MFH, Arapahoe Hunt (CO), and C. Martin Wood, MFH, Live Oak Hounds (FL) into its Huntsmen's Room on Saturday, May 27th. This honor recognizes the "tremendous impact" these individuals have had on the sport of foxhunting. The 4pm ceremony, in front of Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia, is free and open to the public. A reception for members will follow, featuring the exhibition "The Hunt Tables," 19th and 20th century hunt scene china. For more information from the Museum's website, please click here.

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