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USPC Announces Foxhunting Writing Winners

Thursday, June 19, 2014   (0 Comments)
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USPC Announces Foxhunting Writing Winners

June 19, 2014 (Lexington, KY) – The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. has announced the winners of the Hildegard Neill Ritchie Foxhunting Writing Contest.


This contest is open to all D and C Pony Club members in good standing, whether they have hunted or not. The entry may be a short story, poem, song or essay on any aspect of foxhunting. Top placing entries will be published in Pony Club News and in The Chronicle of the Horse. The winning author will receive a cash prize to be spent on foxhunting dues, hunt capping fees, Pony Club camp or anything related to these activities.


1st  Place          Kristin Warrington, C-1 from St. Augustine Pony Club, Delmarva Region with “A Hunting Trio”

2nd Place          Eliot Chi, D-3 from Cedar Ridge Pony Club, Great Lakes Region with “The Hunt”

3rd Place           Casey Madden, D-1 from Cranberry Country Pony Club, Southeastern New England Region with “Wizard’s Way”


Judging the entries were Anne-Marie Lacy, Hunt Secretary for Cedar Knob Hounds and author of "The Masters Ball," a foxhunting murder-mystery; Andrew Barclay, retired Huntsman, author of "Letters to a Young Huntsman" and mentor for the MFHA's Professional Development Program; and Mary Ewing, MFH of Arapahoe, MFHA Board Director for the Rocky Mountain area and attorney-at-law.


After delivering their decision, all of the judges expressed their enjoyment of being involved in the competition. “I thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories and poems. I think that it is a wonderful competition!” stated Barclay. Mary Ewing added, “It was a pleasure to read and rank these delightful submissions.”


“Judging the Pony Club writing contest was one of the most enjoyable but most difficult tasks I have undertaken in a long while,” said Anne-Marie Lacy. “Seeing the love and understanding of foxhunting in each writer's work was wonderful - there is truly a great future for our sport represented by these pieces. But choosing a favorite was so difficult! They were all well done, and I hope to see more from each of these young writers someday.”


About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 10,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Traditional members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to over 500 adult members in its Horsemasters Program. www.ponyclub.org.

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