Rural community urged to act as Labour pledges full hunting ban
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by Becky Murray
3d ago
The Field during the meet of the Duke of Beafort's Hunt in the village of Hawkesbury Upton in Gloucestershire in the UK, on the 3rd November 2020 Calls have been made for the rural community to “take action for hunting” by lobbying MPs and demonstrating that the sport is a “well-regulated activity” – following the Labour party’s pledge for a full ban. MP Steve Reed, the shadow secretary of state for environment, food, and rural affairs, told The Times that there are “loopholes” in the current legislation, and a ban on trail and drag hunting “is something we’ll do in the first term of a Labour ..read more
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Small but mighty: tiny rider and 27-year-old pony tackle bank and ditch in style
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by Eleanor Jones
1w ago
This tiny but indomitable combination is Annabelle Hague and Timmy, tackling a hefty bank and ditch in style, while out with the Cross Country Chasers on 18 February. The 11-year-old rider and 27-year-old pony were having the time of their lives with the chasers, a group who take on rides organised by Annabelle’s father Chris Hague, and Tom Lancaster. Chris told H&H he was master of the North East Cheshire Drag Hunt, which amalgamated with the Cheshire Farmers Drag Hunt, to become the Cheshire Drag Hunt. But that closed, and “The members came to us and said ‘What can you do?’” Chris said ..read more
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‘One of life’s true gentlemen’: farewell to much-loved sportsman
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by Eleanor Jones
1w ago
James' christening. James Knight, the former master and chairman of the Belvoir has died aged 73. James’s route to the hunting field was inevitable; his parents, uncle and Belvoir joint-masters and huntsman were at his christening in hunting attire, and the timing was arranged to fit with the day’s meet. James grew up with his parents Joan and Peter and sisters Helen and Barbara, in the heart of the Belvoir’s Lincolnshire country. Having been to Stamford School and Caythorpe Agricultural College, James worked on farms in Australia and New Zealand, after which he returned to work on the family ..read more
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‘I wore it to look good’: rider fractures skull when hat comes off in road fall
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by Eleanor Jones
1w ago
A rider whose hat fell off before his head hit the road has urged others to wear safety helmets with appropriate fastenings – after he fractured his skull and spent 10 days in hospital. Neville Woodes Rogers was taken to A&E after his fall on Boxing Day, where he was scanned and sent home. But days later, he went back to hospital as he had a leak of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which protects the brain and spinal cord. He is now recovered and back at work, but he told H&H he will never again ride without a chinstrap. “When I go hacking out, I wear a proper hat, but I wanted to look good ..read more
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‘His presence was an enormous help’: farewell to ‘well-liked’ countryman
Horse & Hound » Hunting
by Eleanor Jones
1w ago
Jeffrey Thomas Hall died on 27 December, aged 83. He grew up in Leicestershire and served an apprenticeship for a firm but did not join the company, becoming involved in hunting professionally instead. Jeff was well known as an otterhounds huntsman who had won the Horse and Hound horn-blowing competition twice running, which perhaps rankled with the hunting fraternity and led to the organisers the following year inviting him to judge instead of competing. When he arrived at the Ampleforth College Beagles in 1975, he was only the third full-time huntsman during what was to be 79 years. Continu ..read more
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‘She pinches our horses!’ No fear for tiny gate-jumping rider
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by Eleanor Jones
1M ago
A tiny rider whose pony had done enough for the day but who wanted to jump a five-bar gate thought nothing of “pinching” her mother’s horse to have a go. Ella James Winn, who has been riding since she was 18 months old, and first went hunting a year later, had already cleared the gate on her 12.2hh Sidney while out with the Pembrokeshire on 27 January, but wanted to do it again. “We came to this line, with a gate at the end and she said ‘Mummy, please can I do it!’” Ella’s mum Emma told H&H. “I said ‘Follow me’ and we popped it, then she wanted to go again. I said Sidney had done enough f ..read more
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‘An adventurous, brave horseman’: farewell to much-loved countryman who completed famous steeplechase
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by Becky Murray
1M ago
The countryman, prolific team chaser and former hunt master died on 8 December following an accident, aged 80. He started life as a salesman for Guest Keen and Nettlefold, and progressed to starting TR Fastenings with Mike Timms. The business went public 30 years ago and now manufactures and sells millions of nuts, bolts, fasteners and gadgets of all kinds throughout the world. Mr Roberts’ farms in East Sussex have been the envy of the county; well-fenced and managed pasture, pristine ancient hedgerows, tidy woodlands, footpaths and accesses, landscaped streams, ponds and gardens. His love of ..read more
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Tens of thousands turn out to support trail-hunting at festive meets
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by Eleanor Jones
2M ago
Tens of thousands of people turned out to support hunting over the festive period, and thousands backed a new campaign to oppose restrictions on trail-hunting. Huge crowds were reported across the country, for what are expected to be the last Boxing Day and New Year’s Day meets before the next general election. The scenes came as Labour has committed to “strengthen” the Hunting Act should the party gain power. The Countryside Alliance warned Labour not to engage in a “toxic culture war” by legislating to ban hunting again and urged leader Keir Starmer to “right the wrongs of the past” and end ..read more
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Trail-hunting demo days receive ‘excellent response’, with more planned
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by Eleanor Jones
2M ago
*** FREE FOR EDITORIAL USE *** A trail hunt in Leicestershire with the South Notts Hunt and the Fernie Hunt, 8 December 2023. Three trail-hunting demonstration days have been open to both opponents and supporters, and more are planned as part of work to protect and preserve the sport. The British Hound Sports Association (BHSA) hosted the events, the last of which was in Gloucestershire on 12 December. The aim was to show “how hunts are following the letter of the law in their preparations for every hunt day, and show trail hunting working successfully”. BHSA managing director Oliver Hughes to ..read more
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9 ways to impress on the hunting field
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by Tessa Waugh
2M ago
If you’re keen to show willing and impress on the trail hunting field, take a look at these useful tips... 1. You have far more of a chance of being helpful if you pay attention to what is going on around you. Stop chatting (not all day — we’re allowed a bit of fun) about last night’s party or so and so’s new horse, and look and listen. 2. When you come to a closed gate and you see the field master looking around, quickly volunteer to open it. If you have to get off your horse, so much the better. It’s great for your trail hunting-cred — everyone will file past thanking you and thinking that ..read more
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