About Foxhunting (from the MFHA website)
Foxhunting is the sport of mounted riders chasing wild quarry with a pack of hounds. It is a union of humans and animals in the beauty of nature's setting. Man is an observer mounted on a horse, the vehicle that allows him to follow and observe the hounds as they hunt the fox. The scenario unwinds before the foxhunter's eyes and ears with the sound of the huntsman's hunting horn as hounds give chase. The fox or coyote maneuvers, circles and runs through the country cunningly evading the hounds.
The popularity of foxhunting continues to grow. There are now 156 organized clubs in North America and Canada and organized member hunts exist in 37 states. There are many reasons for its popularity. There is an old adage that says, “some people ride to hunt, others hunt to ride”.
Certainly the thrill of galloping over the countryside on a fine horse, who meets his fences well, is a thrill for anyone. Also, the sight of a pack of hounds in full cry is breathtaking. Today's hunters have a special reward, the permission to ride over private and public land which still constitutes magnificent open spaces. No group of individuals is more aware of this privilege, nor is there a group more outspoken in their desire to protect quarry and preserve their environment. It is enjoyed by people from all walks of life and any age. It is a wonderful recreation for the whole family that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
To ensure that the sport is conducted with respect for its quarry, the Masters of Foxhound Association of America published a booklet entitled "Code of Hunting Practices" which emphasizes that mounted foxhunting as a sport is the hunting of the fox, coyote, bobcat or other acceptable quarry must be hunted in their wild and natural state with a pack of hounds. Any other practice which does not give an animal a sporting chance, is contrary to the best traditions of the sport and is strictly forbidden. All hunts, in both the United States and Canada, who are members of the MFHA must follow this code or lose their membership.
For more information about Foxhunting read Chapter 3 from the Centennial View, "Our Sport: The Hows and Whys of Foxhunting", by Lt. Col. Dennis Foster (26 MB). To undrestand more about the history of foxhunting, visit the MFHA website.
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