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About MFHA

The Masters of Foxhounds Association of America (MFHA) 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:

  • To promote, preserve and protect the sport of mounted hunting with hounds.
  • Establish and maintain standards of conduct for foxhunting.
  • Register eligible foxhounds in a "Foxhound Stud Book" and improve the breed of foxhounds.
  • Registration of hunts as a preliminary step toward recognition.
  • Record countries and boundaries for organized hunting establishments.
  • Recognition of organized hunts which have met MFHA standards.

In 2000, the MFHA Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with a mission to help preserve the sport of foxhunting for future generations. It is an umbrella organization to the MFHA Foundation and the Hunt Staff Benefit Foundation (HSBF).

Masters of recognized hunts must be members of the MFHA and must adhere to its rules and should adhere to its guidelines. The participation of hunts as member hunts is voluntary, but once a hunt has accepted registration or recognition, it must adhere to the rules and should adhere to the guidelines of the MFHA and pursue the sport according to the best possible customs and traditions.

The MFHA is governed by a board of directors consisting of a president, one or two vice presidents, a secretary-treasurer (or secretary and treasurer), representatives from each district in the United States and Canada and directors at large, who usually include the three (3) past presidents. The president can, at his discretion, appoint an additional director at large. An executive director is appointed by the board of directors and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the MFHA. The executive director is also known as the "Keeper of the Stud Book." The officers and directors are elected by the membership.

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