The 2015 North American Junior Field Hunter Championships were hosted by Old Dominion Hounds in Hume, Virginia, on November 8. The event, designed for junior riders, is set in the hunt field with participants competing in Hilltopping and First Flight divisions. Many current and former Pony Club members competed and finished in the top ten of some challenging divisions. Click here to view a complete list of all USPC competitors and results.
Division Winners include:
Champion Brighton Craig, C-2 HM, C-2 Trad, Old Dominion Hounds Pony Club, Virginia Region
First Field 12 and Under
Champion Maggie Buchanon, C-1 HM, C-1 Trad, Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxounds Pony Club, Easter Pennsylvania Region
Reserve Champion Emma Keahon, C-2 HM, C-2 Trad, Old Dominion Hounds Pony Club, Virginia Region
First Field 13-18
Champion Heather Feconda, H-B HM, C-3 Trad, Loudon Hunt Pony Club, Virginia Region
Foxhunting is a founding discipline for Pony Club. Riders ride through open space following hounds. The First Flight division is for riders who are comfortable riding at speed and jumping natural fences with a group, while the Hilltopping division is meant for riders not yet ready to add jumping to the thrill of the chase. The goal of the Field Hunter Championships is to encourage today’s youth to continue to enjoy the tradition of riding across the country to the cry of hounds in good sport. Riders are expected to dress themselves and their mount in traditional hunting attire as well as being able to show their mount as a suitable hunting horse.
The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. Visit ponyclub.org.