Junior Foxchasing Scholarship Recpient
This is the granddaddy of the foxchasing scholarships
offered by the Maryland Steeplechase Association. It is given in recognition
of an outstanding season of pony racing, and for exhibiting promising
horsemanship and sportsmanship. Recipients are often considered potential
candidates for the Kiser Steeplechasing Scholarship.
Scholarship entitles recipient free tuition in the both PHC Hopeful
Hunters Seminar and the GSVHC Cubbing Camp, as well as to two caps (one
for junior and one for accompanying adult) to chase with the Howard
County-Iron Bridge Hounds, the Potomac Hounds, Elkridge-Harford Hunt
Club, Green Spring Valley Hounds and the Marlborough Hunt Club.
Scarlett spend a good portion of this summer working
for leading NSA trainer, Jack Fisher and was quickly introduced to starting
the work day at 6:00 am and galloping some of the country’s top
steeplechase horses. This past spring she took home the trophy for the
Leading Large Pony Rider in the Maryland Governor’s Cup Series.
She started in 19 junior races over jumps and on the flat with eight
wins, five seconds and four thirds. Her mounts included Untamed Hero,
Izzy’s Clus Kid and Show A Little Acre.
About Scarlett Lovett
School: Orange County High School
Hometown: Orange, VA
How have race riding and foxchasing affected
your riding and what have you learned from them?
Foxhunting, I started when I was 11, I liked it for the speed and jumping.
It gave me confidence when running and jumping. You jump a different
jump every time, up and down hills, and it is not in a controlled environment.
The Junior Field Master Chase Races helped with the racing and learning
how to control your horse and run and jump in a pack, in a more controlled
What attracted you to steeplechasing
Speed and jumping. I am an adrenaline junkie. I also do team penning,
cutting and barrel racing. I even used the same pony for team penning
as I did in the field master’s chases.
What advice would you give to other young
riders interested in “chasing”?
Practice with your horses. It’s fun, you learn a lot, you meet
a lot of great people. Just hold on! And when they tell you directions
at the start, listen!
What are your goals for foxchasing and jump racing?
As far as jump racing, I’d like to get good at it. I’d like
to be a professional jockey later on. I am going to get an education
first though, in case I get injured. I whip-in for Lyn Haven Hounds,
a private pack right now and before that hunted a lot with Keswick and
Bull Run. I would love to get my colors and continue to hunt other challenging
Have you used your fox chasing scholarship
I plan to use the free caps I won with the scholarship to all of the
Maryland Governor’s Cup foxhunts later this winter. I live in
Virginia, so Maryland is pretty far away and my mom has been driving
me around. Now I have my driver’s license, I hopefully will make
it up to Maryland soon!