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Hound area and Hound Parade

This year we are pleased to be welcoming a number of packs to the Show for our Hound Parade.  There will also be static displays and a chance to talk to the people who work with these hounds who will be more than happy to answer any questions you have throughout the day.

Hampshire Hunt Foxhounds

The HH is one of the longest established hunts in the United Kingdom. We are very proud of our heritage and traditions and yet operate a modern and friendly hunt working within the confines of current legislation.

The HH is a professionally run hunt with full-time Huntsman, Whipper-in, Kennelman and Groom, all of whom are based at the Hunt Kennels in the centre of our country at Ropley, near Alresford.

The Hampshire Hunt is extremely fortunate to benefit from the generous support of a large number of local landowners and farmers, all of whom kindly consent to the Hunt coming across their land which means that we are privileged to enjoy hunting across a large area of beautiful Hampshire countryside.

Courtenay Tracy Mink Hounds

The Courtenay Tracy were founded in 1887 as an Otterhound pack by Mr Courtenay Tracy.

Otter hunting ceased in the 1970’s following the rapid decline of the otter population due to pesticide build up in the food chain. Many packs of Otterhounds converted to hunting American Mink, which had escaped from fur farms or been released by animal rights activists. The American Mink has been an ecological disaster for British waterways and is responsible for the massive decline in the Water Vole. Following the 2004 Hunting Act, the CTH operate within the law using a mixture of exemptions and still hunt rats, flush mink to guns with two hounds to protect shooting interests and hunt trails.

The name of the pack was changed to the Ytene Minkhounds in 1978, however returned to its original name in 2013 in memory of a great supporter, Neville Baker. The CTH are registered with the Masters of Minkhounds Association and the current Huntsman is Joint Master Tony Smart who has hunted and cared for the hounds every day in kennels for over 20 seasons.

The Courtenay Tracy Hounds consist of Otterhounds and retired Foxhounds that have been drafted from neighbouring Foxhound packs. The hounds hunt on Saturdays between April – September and all are welcome to join. The pace is much slower than Foxhounds or Beagles, and is very accessible for people of all ages.

If you would like any further information, please contact the Hunt Secretary Oliver Fielding at courtenaytracyhounds@hotmail.co.uk

Sealyham Terriers

Mrs Bowlby's Teckel Hounds

The Teckel is the small hound with the big personality.  Their tracking ability is second to none and they have exceptional stamina and drive.

Mrs Bowlby's Teckel pack was initially established in 2008 when Gertrude was purchased from Nick Valentine. Gertrude as her name suggests has a strong= German bloodline and is the matriarch of the pack.  Her sons have all been= exceptional in their work, hunt with great style and have huge personalities, Herman taking it to the extreme! To keep the bloodlines fresh two French Teckels were imported following a visit to the hunting festival in Carrouges, Francois and Florence. The French contingent are very French, they have enormous flair, only understand the English language when it suits them but without doubt possess a certain 'je ne sais quoi.' 

The hounds meet by invitation only from enthusiastic landowners and farmers

Clinkard Meon Valley Beagles

Meet the gorgeous Clinkard Meon Valley Beagles in our hound parade. Children will be invited into the arena to get up close with these wonderful animals.

Woolaston Bassets

 
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