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A Celebration of Hunting

Wednesday 19th July 2017

The Festival of Hunting will take place on Wednesday 19th July 2017 at the East of England Showground, Peterborough. This historic and prestigious event is the annual showcase for the world of hunting and boasts the greatest gathering of hounds in the country. It is also an important day in many social calendars continuing a long-held tradition.

2017 will celebrate the 129th Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show as well as the popular Inter Hunt relays where opposing teams of riders race each other over a mirror image set of jumps. In addition there will be a variety of showing classes.

Harriers, Beagles, Basset Hounds, Draghounds and Bloodhounds will be competing as well as the Terrier championship. In addition there will be displays of fell hounds and coursing dogs.

The in hand and ridden equine classes will return in 2017 with qualifiers for the Horse of the Year Show in many categories – including Ridden Hunters, Working Hunters, Working Hunter Ponies and Coloured Horses and Ponies.  These qualifiers are fiercely competed for and bring the best horses and competitors from all over the country.

 

 

 

 

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.