Autumn hunting starts with Hound Exercises with hounds at foot. The day starts and ends at the same place and lasts for a couple of hours. The Four Shires always have a second non-jumping field. These days are an excellent way to get horses, hounds and riders hunting fit. They are also perfect for newcomers who want to get a taste of the sport.
Hunting caps: £20 No need to plait until the Opening Meet. Dress code: tweeds and ties.
All meets commence at 12 noon, unless indicated. Therfe are refreshments after all the hound exercises.
Many thanks to Mr and Mrs Barry Burton for a super first hound exercise and a fabulous tea. We had four couple of puppies and they behaved beautifully.
Sunday 28th August: Hurstons Lane Alton ST10 4AP over bridle ways, farm land and through Dimmingsdale!! Organised by Kate Woods
Sunday 4th September: – Pipehill Farm, Walsall Rd, Nr Lichfield WS13 8JT By the kind invitation of Mr B Wilson & Mr M Hulme Brett's tea surpasses most weddings.
Sunday 11th September: Hartington Wakes A5012 at Pikehall By the kind invitation of the Wakes Committee
Thursday 15th September: Hodsock Priory, Blyth, Worksop S81 0TY By the kind invitation of our Chairman, Sir Andrew & Lady Buchanan 5pm
Sunday 18th September: TBC
Sunday 25th September: TBC
Sunday 2nd October: TBC
Sunday 9th October: TBC
Sunday 16th October: Chatsworth, Calton Lees Car Park DE45 1PP By the kind invitation of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire
Sunday 23rd October: Nether Hall, Hathersage, Hope Valley S32 1BG By the kind invitation of Mr & Mrs Michael Shuttleworth
Sunday 30th October: TBC
Sunday 6th November: OPENING MEET
Despite a few showers, our sponsored ride at Chatsworth went brilliantly with lots of great feedback from riders. Thanks to everyone who rode, raised money for such a great cause, volunteered or helped in any way. We raised £2474.85 for the Air Ambulance. Well done to everyone who took part.
Special thanks must also go to Andy and Helen Best for all their hard work behind the scenes as they organised the ride for the seventh year running.
After succesful parades at the Derbyshire County, Alrewas, Bakewell, Ashover Shows and Ashbourne Shows, The Four Shires will be parading hounds at the Chatsworth Country Fair. Do come along and support us if you can:
The Four Shires Bloodhounds' Hunt Ball will be held at Hassop Hall on Friday 10th February 2017. Five course sumptuous meal and disco @ £60 per person.
Our sponsored ride at Chatsworth will be on Saturday 2nd July this year.
Booking is now open. Click here to download the relevant forms.
There is a lovely article about the Four Shires in Reflections magazine this month. You can see it by following this link. The article starts on page 46.
A hunt coat was found by our host, Mr Spencer, after the Kirk Langley meet. It was left hanging on a fence. Please get in touch if you are missing your hunt coat!
Summer Rides will be announced shortly.