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Hound Show Cancellations

All 2020 Hound Shows have been canceled.

A Message from MFHA President Tony Leahy, MFH

Plan Now to Attend the Masters' Ball in January

Following the MFHA Annual Meeting, New Masters' Seminar and Masters' Dinner, the Masters' Ball caps off our festive weekend in New York City. All Subscribing Members are invited to the scarlet-if-convenient gala at the Pierre Hotel, featuring cocktails, dinner and dancing to the live band into the early morning hours. Special room rates are available, but for a limited time only. To reserve your place now, click here.

Support Our Juniors Competing in Kentucky October 23rd

The Junior North American Field Hunter Championships, which will take place October 23, 2016 in Lexington, KY, are part of an important program to encourage and recognize children who are the future leaders of our sport. This fall, young riders have been hunting with packs across the country, with mounted judges selecting those competent to continue to the finals. A full weekend of social activities, hunting, and the final competition has been organized not only to reward the top riders, but to build a sense of community and camaraderie among young foxhunters from all different areas. See the accompanying article for one judge's impressions of the entries at a qualifying meet hosted by Camargo Hunt. For more information about the program, visit www.jnafhc.com.

Field Hunters Return to Thoroughbred Makeover in October

Support finding a second (or third!) career for ex-racehorses as foxhunters by attending the Retired Racehorse Project's $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, on October 27-30 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Along with Show Hunters, Barrel Racing, Polo, Dressage, Freestyle, Competitive Trails, and Eventing, the field hunters will compete for the title of "America's Most Wanted Thoroughbred." Seminars and presentations by top trainers, along with demonstrations, shopping, and opportunities to network with other OTTB enthusiasts are offered throughout the four days, and many of the entered horses are for sale. For more information and tickets, visit www.retiredracehorseproject.org.

Deadline Approaching for Conservation Award Nominees

Time is running out to nominate individuals, clubs, or organizations for the Hunting Habitat Conservation Award. The deadline for receipt of materials at the MFHA office is September 30, 2016. Previous nominees who did not win are encouraged to reapply. The winning hunt club receives a $5,000 cash prize as well as the trophy and recognition! Consider whether someone in your club deserves to be nominated for making significant contributions to preserving rural land for foxhunting. Application requirements and other details are available online here.

Plan Ahead for Historic Dinner, Annual Meeting & Ball in NYC

It's not too soon to begin planning to join us in NYC in January for the Masters' Dinner, MFHA Annual Meeting, and the popular Masters' Ball! The 2017 edition promises to be a very special occasion: Our President, Jack van Nagell, is handing over the reins after his three-year term to Tony Leahy, and Dennis Foster is stepping down after 24 years as Executive Director. Put this historic event on your calendar now for January 26-27, 2017. The Union Club will again host the Masters' Dinner and membership meeting, while the elegant Pierre Hotel once more serves as the venue for the New Masters' Lunch and Seminar and the ball. Rooms may be reserved at a special rate by contacting the Pierre directly. For tickets and more information, please click here.

Tally Ho! A New Season Begins

Summer's hard work — many hours of walking hounds, legging up horses, clearing trails and sprucing up panels — has finally come to fruition as the season gets underway. Huntsmen are putting new hounds in with the pack and watching them learn the ropes, Masters are confirming plans with landowners, and members are eager to get their horses out in the field. Consider bringing a non-hunting friend or a child out with you this fall to introduce them to our sport.

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