Ryeford Chase Valentine Griffons

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Contact Details

Primary Contact N Valentine
Prefered Contact Tel: 01989 750877
Website TBC

Hunt Details

Hunt Type: Bassets
Hound Breed: Griffon Vendeen
Hunt Quarry: TBC
Areas: Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire
Kennel Address: Greenway Cottage, Ryeford, Ross-on-Wye Tel: 01989 750877
Counties: Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire
Primary Country: England
Secondary Country: TBC


Name:(1974) N P Valentine
Start Year:N/A
Address:Greenway Cottage, Ryeford, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 7PX Tel: 01989 750877

Former Master(s)



Name:(2019) Drue Dickinson
Start Year:2019
End Year:N/A
Address:c/o kennels
Notes:Took over in December 2019

Former Huntsmen

Name:(1974) Mr Nick Valentine, Master
Start Year:1974
End Year:2019

Kennel Huntsmen



Name:(2000) Mr Jamie Gibson
Start Year:N/A
End Year:N/A


Name:(1998) N P Valentine, Master
Start Year:N/A
End Year:N/A





Other Roles

Role:No Additonal Roles

Other Previous Roles

Role:No Additonal Roles

Other Information

Affiliations: TBC
Subscription: Apply to the Master. A private pack.
Meet: All days of the week hunted at the Master's convenience.
Season: Masters discretion
Uniform: Green coat, royal blue collar, green cap and stockings.
Other Notes: Noe moved to Ireland see entry for Mount Melleray Chase

History of the Hunt

Start Year: 1974
End Year: 2019
History: 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.

Hunt Country

Hunt Country: The country lies in northern Gloucestershire between Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Newent and Ross-on-Wye, and extends into the Forest of Dean. It varies from open arable farmland, pasture and orchards, to much woodland in the Dean area. Rabbits are hunted, and a great number are killed. Recent years have seen an ever increasing number of invitation meets, so that hounds now regularly hunt in Shropshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Devon and other counties as opportunity arises. We are happy to take hounds anywhere within a 200 mile radius of Ross-on-Wye.


Last Updated: 2019-12-08 17:48:53
Reason for update: Change of name and location. 08/12/2019
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