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Masters of Foxhounds Association of America

from USPC

The Masters of Foxhounds Association of America is offering a unique opportunity for one or two individuals to apprentice with one of the nation’s top professional huntsmen. This is a wonderful opportunity for the right individual. The majority of horse enthusiasts in America do not realize that there is a career in foxhunting, but there is, and it can be a fun and exciting way to earn a living. For the few young people who do realize it, most are unsure of how to get started. The MFHA and the USPC are working together to get the word out that an apprenticeship in the field of foxhunting has been started. The MFHA feels that the education and riding credentials given by the USPC would be the ideal foundation needed to be a high quality hunt professional.

This is a serious effort to enlighten some of the graduating class and future graduating classes of Pony Club members that there are jobs in mounted foxhunting. To be considered, the candidate must be a C3 Traditional level or better and 18 years old or older and have the recommendation of the local DC. We will choose one or possibly two candidates a year. Candidates will be chosen by the Professional Development Committee through riding and interviews conducted at a camp, time and date to be announced at a later date. The first apprenticeship will start May 1st 2015 and will be one year long. During that year the apprentice(s) will be employed by the hosting hunts and will receive on the job training by one of the top Huntsmen in North America. They will also have a rigorous study program put forward by the MFHA. This study program will be supplemented by hunt and kennel visits and by attending hound shows. They will work extensively with a representative of the MFHA who will mentor the apprentice and implement the study program. The mentor will make periodic visits and will communicate with the huntsmen and masters of hosting hunt as well as the apprentice.

During the term of the apprenticeship if the apprentice fails to fulfill his duties at the hunt, or acts in anyway unbecoming of a hunt professional the apprenticeship will be terminated. If the hunt for any reason does not live up it its end of the deal the apprentice will be relocated to a hunt more in his nature.

At the successful completion of the yearlong apprenticeship the mentor and the MFHA will aid and assist the apprentice in finding a job in the business. The mentor will continue to be available for as long as necessary to help the candidate make a smooth transition to the position of Whipper-in.

Further information and applications will be available at a later date. If interested contact Wayne Quarles, Activities@ponyclub.org to be added to the list of people interested in further information. more


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