Saturday, May 12 2012 by Editor
May 10, 2012 (Lexington, KY) - The sixth annual 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 members who hunt on a regular basis to act as mentors to the less-experienced Pony Club members. $10,000 in awards will go to top six Pony Clubs who regularly take the greatest number of active Pony Club members out hunting. Congratulations to the following Challenge winners: 1 st place Red Rock Hounds Pony Club in Nevada 2 nd Place Blue Mountain Pony Club in Maryland 3 rd Place Old Dominion Hounds Pony Club in Virginia 4 th Place Millbrook Pony Club in New York 5 th Place Elkridge-Harford Pony Club in Maryland 6 th Place Silver Springs Pony Club in Missouri/Illinois Honorable Mention goes to the following participating clubs: Carbon Hooves Pony Club (WA), Genesee Valley Pony Club (NY), Goldens Bridge Hounds Pony Club (NY), Greenville Foothills Pony Club (SC), Mendon Pony Club (NY), South Creek Pony Club (FL), Wayne-DuPage Pony Club (IL) Hunts that participated in the Challenge were: Wayne-DuPage Hunt, Red Rock Hounds, Blue Mountain Hunt, Old Dominion Hounds, Blue Ridge Hunt, Middleburg Hunt, Millbrook Hunt, Elkridge-Harford Hunt, Shawnee Hounds, Woodbrook Hunt, Genesee Valley Hunt, Goldens Bridge Hounds, Green Creek Hounds, Genesee Valley Hunt, Live Oak Hounds, South Creek Fox Hounds A total of 127 Pony Club members participated in the Live Oaks Hounds USPC Fox Hunting Challenge, and together, they logged more than 1,000 days spent enjoying the sport of Fox Hunting! About MFHA - The Masters of Foxhounds Association of America was formed in 1907 and is the governing body of organized fox, coyote, other acceptable legal quarry and drag hunting in the United States and Canada. The MFHA’s main activities are: the promotion of the sport; the publication of a Foxhound Stud Book; the recognition of organized Hunts which have met its standards; the recordation of countries and boundaries for organized hunting establishments; and the registration of Hunts as a preliminary step toward recognition
"Nice Stephanie, pictured with Courtney Vince of Canada, was sold by Belgium's Ashford Farm and Jos Lansink Horses to Penelope Leprovost of France." Photo Credit -- www.1clicphoto.com Lanse, Belgium — Enda Carroll and Courtney Vince of Ashford Farm, in partnership with Jos Lansink Horses, have sold the horse Nice Stephanie to Penelope Leprovost of France. Ashford Farm, based in Lasne, Belgium, bought the eight-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare (Cardento x Ralme Z) in June of 2011 in partnership with 2006 World Champion Jos Lansink of Belgium. Purchased as a sales investment, Nice Stephanie competed under Vince of Milton, Ontario, Canada, before being sold to Leprovost in April of 2012. “When we first tried ‘Stephanie’, she had all the qualities that we look for in a young horse; she was careful, scopey and had blood,” said Carroll, who has represented his native Ireland in Nations’ Cup competition as well as at the 2005 European Young Riders’ Show Jumping Championship.”We concentrate on buying the best young horse prospects and producing them, and I had wanted to invest in a horse with Jos not only because he is well-respected in the industry as a rider, but also as a dealer. ‘Stephanie’ presented us with the ideal opportunity.” In 2011, Vince competed with Nice Stephanie in the young horse divisions, qualifying for the World Young Horse Breeding Championships held at Zangersheide in Lanaken, Belgium.Of the 206 horses competing in the Seven-Year-Old Division at the World Breeding Championships, Nice Stephanie was one of only 23 horses to jump clear in both qualifying rounds. This winter, Vince moved Nice Stephanie up to the 1.45m international division, competing in their first CSI2* Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain. Following that event, the horse was sold for Leprovost to ride.Ranked 16th in the world as of May 1, Leprovost is a regular competitor on the international show jumping stage representing her native France.Leprovost and Nice Stephanie made their debut together at CSI4* Antwerp, Belgium, held April 26-29, where the mare competed in her first 1.50m competition.
"Webster" photo by Debbie Garside‘ ‘It is 4:30am on the third day of this, my second expedition to Sable Island. Even though I lay in bed in the relative comfort of my second story room at the coast guard station, I have taken to wearing long johns under my pajamas with a down sweater on top. A powerful “nor’easter” blew in last night and the moderately well-built sleeping quarters are no match for it. The doors rattle and no matter how high I push the thermostat, the north side of the house is cold