The JNAFHC was founded in 2003 by Mrs. Douglas Wise Stuart, and Mrs. Iona Pillion, with Ms. Marion Chungo joining them in 2005 and Michelle Arnold joining in 2014 to help organize the ever expanding program. Carla Babcock became the new organizer in 2020, after being an assistant to Marion and Michelle for five years.
There are three fundamental goals of the organization:
First - to help teach children the importance of land conservation, particularly for the sport of foxhunting. Many of our hunt meets have been pressured by development, others have put serious conservation easements in place, and others have been fortunate enough to have country that has yet to be discovered. Since the beginning of the Junior North American Field Hunter Championship our organization has donated over $35,000.00 to land conservation groups, which support the hunts participating in the JNAFHC.
Secondly - we want like-minded foxhunters to meet each other. They will enjoy hunting together and getting to know each other. After riding, they may hang out at a tailgate eating hot dogs and Mac & Cheese. It is that easy for the children to begin to know each other and build long lasting friendships.
Lastly - to make it interesting, we have the third element, a little competitive flavor!