The Monmouth County Hunt (NJ) hounds and staff were excited to participate in WOW Camp, New Jersey Region’s Pony Club Camp, which took place at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown the week of July 2nd. Due to the extreme temperature, the hound roading on horseback with campers was canceled, but the hounds and staff were happy to meet under a covered pavilion later that afternoon. Led by huntsman Meg Valnoski, MFH, the campers were introduced to several hounds and the basics of foxhunting.
A Monmouth County hound makes friends with some young Pony Club members. Photo courtesy Monmouth County Hunt.
Campers got to meet and interact with the hounds firsthand, while whippers-in Rebecca Brown (professional), Meghan Valnoski (honorary) and Jen Donaldson (honorary) kept a watchful eye. Huntsman Meg Valnoski, MFH, answered many questions from children who have hunted and many who would like to try foxhunting.
Master and huntsman Meg Valnoski, left, speaks to the campers as hounds relax. Photo courtesy of Monmouth County Hunt.
The Monmouth County Hunt was very fortunate to have Pony Club members come to hunt with them this season, especially the Pineland Riders Pony Club who participated in the Live Oaks Challenge and placed 7th in the nation!
Whipper-in Meghan Valnoski praises hounds for helping to educate the Pony Club campers about foxhunting. Photo courtesy of Monmouth County Hunt.
MCH Pony Club members Barbara Brogan and Erin Drake were in attendance at camp and shared their experiences hunting with the Monmouth County Hunt with the other campers as well.