||The pack was formed in 1974 with a Griffon Vendeen dog from imported stock and a bitch from the West Lodge, a direct descendant from the hounds imported in 1938 by Sir Rupert Buchanan-Jardine to form his Castle Milk pack. More recently, we have been fortunate to avail ourself of the hounds imported by Betty Judge from Ren� Tixier�s De Fin Renard kennels in France, from which source the black and tan colouring has been introduced to the pack. By virtue of the Masters occupation as a professional huntsman, the pack has hunted in England, Wales and Ireland depending upon which hunt he was engaged. The pack took its title from the location as appropriate until permanent kennels were acquired in 1995, when the Master retired from the Cotswold Vale Foxhounds. The pack at that time being known as The Bradley Vale, the name was then changed to Ryeford Chase as being more fitting. Hounds have always hunted whatever was available, (squirrels to roe deer) but in recent years have stuck to rabbits only. Because of this flexibility, Membership of the Masters of Basset Hounds Association was refused on the basis that recognition could only be given to packs hunting hare exclusively. The change in the law in February 2005 did not affect the hunts activities which continue quite legally, enabling us to extend our meets extensively. The pack also maintains a number of Teckels (working Dachshunds) that originated from the Spanish Royal Family and is a founder member of the UK, Teckel Stud Book Society and The British Rabbit Hound Association. In recent years the proliferation of Muntjac in our big woodlands has had a significant effect on sport enjoyed by the pack.