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Foxhunting Certificate

Fairly Hunted Award

Foxhunting Challenge

 

 

MFHA Apprenticeship 

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Writing Contest

 

 

US Pony Clubs Foxhunting Certificate

 

The Foxhunting Committee wants to recognize our members that participate in specific Foxhunting activities. USPC Pony Club members will be recognized for their knowledge of Foxhunting. The award is separated into unmounted and mounted sections. The unmounted portion can be completed individually and is required as part of the mounted section. Applications can be submitted at any point in the year.


Click here for the application.

 


 

MFHA Fairly Hunted Award

Awarded by the Masters of Foxhounds Association, this recognition will be given each year to any young person who hunts five times and is so acknowledged by a Master. No examination is given and no requisite skills are required - just having had the experience of participating in hunts.


Any one under the age of 18, who participates in foxhunt is eligible, regardless if they are a member of Pony Club or not. So, bring your friends and introduce them to the sport of foxhunting!

The MFHA Board of Directors will present participants with a pin, certificate, a one-year subscription to Covertside, the Magazine of Mounted Foxhunting, and their names will be mentioned in an honor roll at the annual meeting. Visit the MFHA Web site for more information and to find a hunt in your area.

 


 

The Live Oak Hounds USPC Foxhunting Challenge Award

The Live Oak Hounds USPC Foxhunting Award will be awarded on a percentage basis according to the total number of active Pony Club members. Pony Club members who regularly hunt will also receive credit towards the Award.


The Live Oak Hounds-USPC Foxhunting Challenge Award is made possible through the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. C. Martin Wood III, Joint Masters of the Live Oak Hounds in Monticello, Florida, and Past Presidents of the MFHA. The Award is designed to encourage Pony Club members who do not regularly hunt to try the sport, and to reward those members who do hunt on a regular basis and act as mentors to the younger and less-experienced Pony Club members. Awards will go to six Pony Clubs who regularly take the greatest percentage (based on total number of members) of active Pony Club members hunting, based on the required number of hunts needed by each member (see below).

Participating Hunts are asked to waive the capping fees, and Pony Club members must provide their own horses. Signed releases of liability, which will be provided by the hunts, will be required by each Pony Club member and parent or guardian. A certificate will be provided for the Pony Club members to have signed by the Master (or Secretary) of the hunt each time they complete a hunt. 

Eligibility for the Award:


  • For 1st time Foxhunters or members who have hunted less than 3 times in the previous season, you must hunt a total of 3 or more times in the current season
  • For members who have hunted 3 or more times in the previous season or participated in the Live Oak Challenge last year, you must hunt a total of 6 or more times in the current season. For Pony Club members who are also regular hunting members, you must hunt 9 or more times in the current season
  • All Pony Club members must have their Live Oak Hounds Certificate signed by the Master of the Hunt where they participate, or by the Hunt Secretary. You must also list the dates of your hunts.
  • Any active Pony Club member is eligible.
  • All participating hunts must be an MFHA Member Hunt. A list of member hunts is available on the Masters of Foxhounds Association web site.

Permission to hunt and date availability must be obtained in advance by the club DC by phoning the Secretary of the hunt. The Master(s) or Secretary should be consulted regarding such issues as pace, terrain, skill level required, group size, and height and types of jumps (if applicable). Please note: This is not a Pony Club sponsored activity and therefore Pony Club Accident/Medical Coverage does not apply. 

The certificate must be signed by the Master (or Secretary) of the Hunt after each hunt to state that the Pony Club member has completed a day of hunting. This can include cubbing as well as the formal hunting season. An appropriately signed copy of the certificate must be sent to the USPC office to count toward the Live Oak Hounds Award.

The Award period will run June 1st-April 9th, and the Award winners will be announced by May 1st. Certificates must be postmarked by April 10th. 

A total of $10,000 will be awarded to the top 6 clubs who qualify, based on the percentage of total members in the club.


It is strongly suggested that anyone who participates in this Awards Program purchase a copy of the book, "Riding to Hounds In America" by William P. Wadsworth MFH, available at the Pony Club Bookstore. It has suggestions for preparing your horse or pony for foxhunting, and proper dress and etiquette involved with the sport.


Click herefor the Certificate.

For more information or questions, contact the Development Director or the Activities Director.

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 MFHA/USPC Apprenticeship Opportunity

The Masters of Foxhounds Association of America is offering a unique opportunity for one or two individuals, the opportunity to apprentice with one of the nation’s top professional huntsmen. This is a wonderful opportunity for the right individual. The majority of horse enthusiasts in America do not realize that there is a career in foxhunting, but there is, and it can be a fun and exciting way to earn a living. For the few young people who do realize it, most are unsure of how to get started. The MFHA and the USPC are working together to get the word out that an apprenticeship in the field of foxhunting has been started. The MFHA feels that the education and riding credentials given by the USPC would be the ideal foundation needed to be a high quality hunt professional.

This is a serious effort to enlighten some of the graduating class and future graduating classes of Pony Club members, that there are jobs in mounted foxhunting. To be considered the candidate must be a C-3 Traditional level or better and 18 years old or older and have the recommendation of the local DC/CA. We will choose one or possibly two candidates a year. Candidates will be chosen by the Professional Development Committee through riding and interviews conducted at a camp, time and date to be announced at a later date.  The first apprenticeship will start May 1st 2015 and will be one year long.  During that year the apprentice(s) will be employed by the hosting hunts and will receive on the job training by one of the top Huntsmen in North America. They will also have a rigorous study program put forward by the MFHA.  This study program will be supplemented by hunt and kennel visits and by attending hound shows. They will work extensively with a representative of the MFHA who will mentor the apprentice and implement the study program.  The mentor will make periodic visits and will communicate with the huntsmen and masters of hosting hunt as well as the apprentice.

During the term of the apprenticeship if the apprentice fails to fulfill his duties at the hunt, or acts in anyway unbecoming of a hunt professional the apprenticeship will be terminated. If the hunt for any reason does not live up it its end of the deal the apprentice will be relocated to a hunt more in his nature.

At the successful completion of the yearlong apprenticeship the mentor and the MFHA will aid and assist the apprentice in finding a job in the business. The mentor will continue to be available for as long as necessary to help the candidate make a smooth transition to the position of Whipper-in.

Further information and applications will be available at a later date.  If interested contact Wayne Quarles,  to be added to the list of people interested in further information.



 

Foxhunting International Exchange

From time to time US Pony Clubs or another Pony Club country will host an International Exchange for Foxhunting. These exchanges are a wonderful opportunity for Pony Club members to meet other young people from across the globe that share their passion for horses and riding. And an amazing chance to hunt in some truly spectacular countrysides!

The next Foxhunting Exchange is scheduled for January 31 - February 12, 2013, in the United Kingdom. Click here for full details and applications materials. Deadline for the application is December 15, 2012.

Click here to view past Foxhunting Exchanges.

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Joys of Foxhunting Writing Contest

 

F

ollowing the energetic hounds

O

ver logs and coops

eX

citing to be flying across fields

H

ounds running as fast as they can

U

niforms required

N

ow they speak

T

ally ho

I

n and out of creeks, through the woods, lost scent

N

ow in one big group

G

oing home

2011 2nd place winner, Sydney B., Cedar Knob Pony Club

Read More:

2012 Winning Submissions

2011 Winning Submissions

2010 Winning Submissions

2009 Winning Submissions

 

The annual Hildegard Neill Ritchie Writing contest is open to all D- or C-rated Pony Club members. The winning submission will receive a $200 cash prize to be spent on Foxhunting dues, hunt capping fees, Pony Club camp or anything related to these activities. Second Place: $100; Third Place $50. The winning entries will be published in Pony Club News and in The Chronicle of the Horse.

The contest award is from a memorial fund established by friends of Mrs. Ritchie, who was a long-time Pony Club supporter and volunteer. She founded the Colorado Springs Pony Club in 1958 and was its District Commissioner for 30 years. She was Regional Supervisor of the Colorado (now Rocky Mountain) region for 12 years and hosted regional Pony Club camps on her ranch for 20 plus years. She served several terms as a USPC Governor and received the USPC Founders Award in 1989.

Eligibility: Open to all D and C Pony Club members in good standing, whether they have hunted or not. Previous first-place winners are not eligible for participation for two years after winning. 

Objective: To encourage writing skills and imagination and to improve basic knowledge of horsemanship and foxhunting skills. 

Subject: Any aspect of Foxhunting. 

Entries: Short stories, poems, songs or essays. The maximum length is two double-spaced, typewritten pages, 8-1/2 x 11. Entries may be submitted electronically or hard copy. Please e-mail entries or mail hard copy entries to Foxhunting Committee, USPC 4041 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. Please include name, address, phone number, age, rating, and brief biographical sketch. Also, all valid submissions must include a copy of the Submission Release Form. This release can be faxed, or scanned and e-mailed with your entry.

Judging: By individuals independent of Pony Club, but with knowledge of Foxhunting and writing. 

Deadline: May 1


For more information contact Wayne Quarles or Erin Woodall.

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