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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 which allows donors to give funds to either the Foundation or the Hunt Staff Benefit Foundation (HSBF). 

The membership of Masters of Foxhounds and the participation of their hunts are voluntary, but once a Master has accepted membership and a Hunt has accepted Registration or Recognition, they must adhere to the rules and should adhere to the guidelines of the Association and pursue the sport according to the best possible customs and traditions.

The Association is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of a President, two Vice Presidents, a Secretary-Treasurer, Representatives from various Districts in the United States and Canada and one or more Directors at Large, who usually include the three past Presidents. An 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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