The Magazine of Mounted Foxhunting The official magazine of the Masters of Foxhounds Association, Covertside is a beautiful, topical, and entertaining magazine about all things foxhunting: sport, horses, hounds, art and literature.
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Don't let the year wind down without taking advantage of our Early Bird discount for advertising in Covertside magazine 🐦🐤 10% off 4x contracts (an ad in each of our quarterly issues through 2019) if you sign up by January 1st 🏃♂️🏃♀️ Contact Cheryl today at [email protected]!
Hark! We have fewer than 50 copies of our 2019 Foxhunting Calendar left in stock - and December 19 is the last shipping date to guarantee delivery before Christmas🎄Contact our office to order yours before they're all gone: 540-955-5680 🎁 Photo of Hillsboro Hounds' Johnny Gray by Brenda Black 📸
Longears got hops! Read our article about Maybeline the Mule, a regular in the River Hills Foxhounds (PA) field!
ecovertside.net Maybeline the Mule Stands Out in the Field Details Helen Stapleton Editor's Note: Reviewing photos to share on MFHA social media, we noticed a perfectly-turned out, long-eared equine in the galleries from River Hills Foxhounds (PA). We inquired and learned that Maybeline the mule is owned by Helen S...
There is still plenty of time to get back on Santa's Nice list and ask for a fabulous riding vacation to appear under your tree 👈
In 2019 we will be offering eleven dates. Here they are:
May 27, June 10, June 24*, July 8, July 15, July 29, August 12 (fully booked)
August 26, September 9, September 23*
If you like adventure, if you enjoy riding through some beautiful terrain, if you enjoy well trained mounts and fabulous pinot noir, then definitely consider joining us for one of these dates!
*cross country jumping
This blog post confirms what many of us already know - hunter paces are a great way to reach out to our not-yet-foxhunting friends, and encourage them to learn more about what we do.
Want to find a beautiful new place to ride? Experience riding cross-country? Meet new people? Read our blog post about a special kind of trail ride called a "hunter pace." These events happen all over the U.S. and you don't need to have any interest in or experience with fox hunting to participate, and you can ride English or Western. #hunterpace #horsetrailchicks #trailriding
Horseware Ireland's Turnout Trade-In is back again! Get $50 off any NEW Rambo Turnout when you trade in ANY brand of used turnout. The used blankets are then donated to horses in need. Check out the video to meet just a few of the faces who benefit from this program. You can find participating retailers here - https://tti.horseware.com/na
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icont.ac Our readers are now enjoying hunting season in full swing! The upcoming Winter issue is one of our most popular. We can still accept ads...so get in touch right away to reserve your space!
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Get a jump on your holiday shopping and order our fabulous 2019 calendar for everyone on your Nice list 🦊 huntsmen 🦊 kennel staff 🦊 the tailgate team 🦊 juniors 🦊 landowners 🦊 caretakers 🦊 farrier who comes at 6am hunt morning 🦊 Just $28 includes shipping 🦊 https://mfha.com/about/shop
Pass on our advertiser offerings! The winter issue is closing soon, so get your ads in soon.
icontact-archive.com LAST MINUTE, ONE TIME OPPORTUNITY: Sponsor the MFHA Grand Championship Hound Performance Trials and reach the sport’s decision makers. This four-day event, Nov. 4-7, will attract the top Masters and Huntsmen and their packs from around the country, plus an estimated 200 foxhunting enthusiasts
We're going to production with our Winter issue, but there is still time to include notable events from our clubs: If you have celebrated a significant anniversary of your hunt, special event, have welcomed new Masters, or similar milestones, please send information ASAP to [email protected].
It's time to make your pre-orders for our beautiful 2019 calendar!
Stock up now on our 2019 calendars with discounted pricing until September 15! Pre-orders are just $20 each, including shipping (after that, the price will be $28, including shipping). Fantastic landowner and staff gifts! Order here: mfha.com/about/shop 🦊
The Princess Anne Hunt (VA) took time off from equestrian activities during the hot month of July to enjoy four local vineyards. They enjoyed great wine and food while overlooking the historic James River at Upper Shirley Vineyards in Charles City County. The vineyard was started by Suzy and Tayloe Dameron, who are both riding members of Princess Anne. The property also serves as a beautiful fixture for the hunt. Looking ahead to the coming season, all interested riders are welcome to attend the Introduction to Foxhunting Weekend September 7-9. Register at www.tinyurl.com/PAHClinic
Attendees at June's Biennial Seminar at Mount Vernon enjoyed learning from Philip Smucker, a fifth great-grandnephew of George Washington. Smucker spoke about foxhunting's role in the development of the first president's character, and joined us through the weekend for informal discussions about history and world events. Watch for excerpts from his book, Riding with George: Sportsmanship & Chivalry, in the next issue of Covertside magazine.
The Canadian Foxhound Show judges named Ottawa Valley's TNY Cloud '12 their Grand Champion and Champion English Foxhound. Bred and shown by Ottawa Valley huntsman Antony Gaylard, she is by Blue Ridge Barnfield '10 out of TNY Clinic '06. Nicole Brown photo. http://ecovertside.net/fox-hunting-news/foxhunting-events-milestones/foxhunting-events/1259-london-hunt-hosts-the-64th-canadian-foxhound-show
If you have had the good fortune never to see a split-open helmet, here is an interesting illustration from one of wonderful sponsors, Charles Owen. We appreciate their support - and their continuing research into safer helmet design!
Check out this fantastic sketch of a Charles Owen helmet! We design all of our helmets so that the peak is flexible and will absorb impact. Our helmets also feature offset ventilation holes to provide superior airflow while preventing horse studs from being able to pe*****te through the helmet.
Keep in mind that, per British Eventing rules, a jockey skull is required on cross-country! #safety365 #charlesowen #safetysaturday
Lowcountry Hunt Arnie '18 may be one to watch, especially in low scenting conditions ;) Thanks to Liz Brecht Howard for sharing this video of huntsman Tony Gammell and obedient (but curious) hounds walking out.
It's hunt roster time! We're looking for advertisers who want a high-profile presence in our annual directory of hunts! It's a must-read for all Masters of Foxhounds Association of America members. The new edition will include a business directory, too. To learn about special rates, please call Cheryl at 434-664-7057 or email [email protected].
Here's a roundup of highlights from the Virginia Foxhound Show, including Donald Philhower receiving the Ian Milne Award and Hillsboro's unbeatable hounds: http://ecovertside.net/fox-hunting-news/foxhunting-news-items/foxhunting-news/1255-hillsboro-take-top-honors-at-virginia-foxhound-show
We're still looking for high-resolution photographs (no cell phone pictures) to consider for our 2019 Foxhunting Calendar! Email your favorite shot to: [email protected] ✔
Last weekend's art exhibition at the Museum of Hounds and Hunting included this stirring image of the Caroline Hunt at George Washington's Mount Vernon, by Booth Malone. Put yourself in this picture by registering for our Biennial Seminar at Mount Vernon 🦊 The deadline to secure our great room rate has been extended through June 5th: https://mfha.com/events/2018-biennial-seminar
Check out all the latest arrivals at the new Manhattan Saddlery website 😍😍😍 As always, you'll find everything you could ever want or need, from the tackroom to the in-gate, online - or stop by their iconic New York City store!
manhattansaddlery.com Check out what's new! We constantly have new and exciting equestrian goods arriving here at Manhattan Saddlery.
If you enjoyed watching all the horses following the royal wedding, you might be interested in this article from National Sporting Library & Museum about the Royal Mews, the equines who live there, and their caretakers.
nslmblog.wordpress.com This past weekend saw the Royal marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. In the procession following the ceremony, the happy couple rode through throngs of well-wishers in an Ascot Landau carri…
Be sure to put Charleston and Middleton Place Hounds on the itinerary for your South Carolina hunting trip next season ✔
Next month's Biennial Seminar is open to everyone, and offers a unique opportunity to explore the life and land of #1 - founding foxhunter George Washington. The deadline to reserve rooms at our great rate is May 31st!
ecovertside.net George Washington's Mount Vernon Welcomes Biennial Seminar Details Martha Drum Our 2018 Biennial Seminar promises to be an unforgettable celebration of foxhunting’s past, present, and future. Open to all, the weekend will feature invaluable wisdom from our sport’s leaders, set against the specta...
Sponsored post: Sporting art and estate fans! This Friday 5/11 and Saturday 5/12, Brunk Auctions will auction the Estate of Elizabeth Dunn Clark of Middleburg, VA. Mrs. Clark bred and campaigned Thoroughbreds, owned Springfield Farm Labrador Retriever kennels, and was an avid foxhunter. Her collection of jewelry, art, vehicles, and more is a testament to her love for animals and country life. Proceeds from her residual estate will benefit the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and the Morris Animal Foundation. Bidding is available live in Asheville, NC and online at www.brunkauctions.com (labs not included with the 1926 Chrysler G70 Roadster - more details about these three pieces in comments below).
Last month's Caption Contest winner Jill Mills, of Two Mills Farm, and BJ are ready to try out their prize saddle pad from Manhattan Saddlery 😁 We'll be selecting a new winner by May 15th, so be sure to enter your caption on our website ✔
This will be a remarkable opportunity to experience George Washington's Mount Vernon with unique access to the spectacular home, coupled with expert insight into how hunting shaped #1's character - and in turn, the United States (along with some great seminars on country, hound breeds, OTTB's, and Masters' responsibilities). Hotel cutoff date is May 22, so register soon!
George Washington enjoyed this view of the mighty Potomac from his home at Mount Vernon - and so will attendees at our Biennial Seminar June 22-24! Here's a preview of this special weekend 🦊 Friday 6/22: welcome at our hotel in historic Old Town Alexandria, VA, and we transport you to Mount Vernon for cocktails and exclusive access to the historic home, followed by dinner with keynote address by Philip Smucker, author of "Riding with George: Sportsmanship and Chivalry and the Making of America's First President." 🦊 Saturday 6/23: breakfast and seminar "Opening New Territory" moderated by Mrs. Coleman P. Perrin, MFH, Deep Run Hunt (VA) at hotel, then afternoon live foxhound breed comparison with C. Martin Wood, III, MFH, Live Oak Hounds (FL) on the lawn at Mount Vernon (should make for some interesting debates!) and later cocktails back at the hotel 🦊 Sunday 6/24: breakfast and seminar choices "Retooling the TB Racehorse" with Neil Morris, MFH, Orange County Hounds (VA), or "Masters' Responsibilities" moderated by Lt. Col. Robert N. Ferrer, Jr. (USMC - Ret.), MFH, Caroline Hunt (VA) and remarks from MFHA President Tony Leahy, MFH, Fox River Valley Hunt and Massbach Hounds 🦊 Anyone can register for any package; the basic one is called "Field Member" 🦊 Our amazing room rate is only available through May 31, so register here: https://mfha.com/about/shop
Drag hunts in the northern latitudes are heading out for their spring seasons as warmer weather returns. Members of Norfolk Hunt Club (MA) moved off from Charlescote Farm yesterday, in the heart of their country for more than a century. Photo courtesy of RuthWorks Photography.
[04/27/18] E-Squared Editorial Services, publisher of Covertside, as well as many other magazines in the equestrian and museum sectors, has an opening for an experienced magazine associate/production editor. You must have two years of magazine editorial experience (and foxhunting knowledge is a huge plus!). Contact publisher at covertside dot net for a job description and to apply.
😂 A confused non-hunting resident of Farmington Hunt (VA) country emailed this photo to all his neighbors with the query, "While we are catching strange things on our game cameras, can anyone identify this one?" 😂 Can you name this creature in his native habitat? Thanks to Suzanne Dennis for sharing.
Learn how the Loudoun Fairfax Hunt (VA) community pulls together to maintain a successful program for retiring hounds.
ecovertside.net Loudoun Fairfax's Foxhound Retirement Program Matches Hounds and Homes Details Martha Drum Like a level pack working together to follow the line, a cooperative group of staff and members at Loudoun Fairfax Hunt (VA) has grown the Foxhound Retirement Program into a successful strategy for rehoming ho...
It's time to call for 2019 Foxhunting Calendar photos! If you have a fantastic, high-resolution (300 dpi) image you'd like us to consider, please email it in. Masters of Foxhounds Association of America packs only (please identify which in your email), no cell phone pictures. Send to [email protected] and [email protected] with "Calendar Submission" in the subject line.
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There is still time - but not much! - to place your ad in next week's email newsletter and/or in our Summer print issue (usually ships end of May). Please share this opportunity with your business-owning friends who could benefit by advertising to the foxhunting community 🦊 Contact Cheryl at [email protected] or 434-664-7057✔
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