2016 Live Oak Hounds USPC Foxhunting Challenge Award

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By Shelley Mann

May 25, 2016, (Lexington, KY)-The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is pleased to announce the winners of the tenth annual Live Oak Hounds USPC Foxhunting Challenge.  The Live Oak Challenge 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 the top Pony Clubs who regularly take the greatest number of active Pony Club members out hunting.  A total of 68 Pony Club members competed this year, and that counted for more than 705 days out in the hunt field. This 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.

“It's delightful that a vibrant new pony club, The Arapahoe Hunt Pony Club, has won the Live Oak Challenge Award this year - the club's close and continuing collaboration with a historic hunt such as Arapahoe is clearly paying off, and bodes well for the future of the sport in the region,” noted Nancy Ambrosiano, USPC Liaison to the MFHA and president of Caza Ladron Hunt.

Congratulations to the 2016 Challenge winners:

1st Place: The Arapahoe Hunt Pony Club in Colorado who hunted with Arapahoe Hunt.
2nd Place: Cedar Knob Pony Club in Tennessee who hunted with Cedar Knob Hounds, Longreen Foxhounds, Hillsboro Hounds and Marlborough Hunt.
3rd Place: Elkridge Harford Pony Club in Maryland who hunted with Elkridge-Harford Hunt.
4th Place:Spring Valley Hounds Pony Club in New Jersey who hunted with Spring Valley Hounds.
5th Place: Buffalo Creek Pony Club in Virginia who hunted with Red Oak Foxhounds.
6th Place: Blue Mountain Pony Club in Pennsylvania who hunted with the Rose Tree-Blue Mountain Hunt.

Also participating:Old Dominion Hounds Pony Club in Virginia, who hunted with the Old Dominion Hounds.
USPC was founded in 1954 by a group of avid foxhunters. A knowledgeable rider on a happy pony (or horse) is the goal of Pony Club, and the hunt field is a great place to find many of these pairs. Pony Club offers several opportunities for members to explore Foxhunting as a group or individually through club or center activities, visit ponyclub.org for more information and to get involved.

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