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Welcome to the website for the Masters of Draghounds& Bloodhounds Association

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Diary Dates:

Festival of hunting 17th July 2019

Otley Bloodhound Show – 18th May 2019 organiser Nigel Church of the Highmoor Bloodhounds

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Equine Influenza: Update 9 am, Wednesday 20th February

The Hunting Office remains in contact with the BEF High Health Steering Group and others.

The advice on hunting remains as per the previous update on 12th February.  However, Hunts should remind members to be vigilant.  It is clear from the BEF update (click here) that Equine Influenza has spread and that there are confirmed outbreaks in a number of areas where there are unvaccinated non-thoroughbreds.

Click here to read the full Hunting Office statements.

Useful links with information about Equine Influenza include

The Animal Health Trust: https://www.aht.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/What-to-do-with-equine-flu.pdf and

The British Equestrian Federation Q&A. https://www.britishhorseracing.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Equine-Influenza-QandA-10-02-19-1.pdf

Hunting Office update: 9 am, 12th February 2019

The BHA has announced the resumption of racing on Wednesday within ‘a risk framework’. This includes restrictions in areas where equine influenza has been diagnosed, strict biosecurity measures and that all runners must have been vaccinated against equine influenza in the last 6 months.

Veterinary advice is clear that horses that are vaccinated suffer less if infected and are less likely to spread the disease. Responsible owners will make sure that all vaccinations are up to date. If it has been longer than six months since the last vaccination, it is recommended that owners discuss a booster with their veterinary surgeon.

Advice regarding hunting remains the same. Hunting was not suspended and that remains the case. However, Hunts should take into account local issues, and where they are uncertain seek local veterinary advice on the biosecurity measures applicable to their country or parts of it.

Hunts should reaffirm the importance of subscribers and visitors taking responsibility for their horses’ health and that of others.

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Information and contact details for the leading packs of bloodhounds and draghounds around the British Isles  Many now have their own web sites, and the “Member ” page has links through to each hunt’s web sites where available.

All the hunts welcome visitors.

Drag hunting dates back to the early 1800s. It involves the pursuit of hounds following an artificial scent laid down by a runner or mounted rider.

Bloodhounds follow the ‘clean boot’, the scent of a human quarry.

Novice rider or professional, young or old – the traditional sports of draghunting and riding to bloodhounds are a great way to spend time with your horse!

  • optional jumps for all abilities
  • hunt built fences plus natural obstacles such as stone walls, hedges, ditches & farm fences
  • a unique opportunity to ride over beautiful and often privately owned country
  • foot followers always welcome
  • friendly and fun social scene

Our  packs will offer you great hunting and a warm welcome.