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Engels the Red Who Rode to Hounds

Posted on Monday, June 12, 2017
Written by: Tristram Hunt

“On Saturday, I went out fox-hunting – seven hours in the saddle,” Friedrich Engels wrote to his great friend Karl Marx in 1857. “That sort of thing always keeps me in a state of devilish excitement for several days; it’s the greatest physical pleasure I know. I saw only two out of the whole field...

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The Irish Hare an Inconvenient Truth

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Written by: Peter Brook

Some months ago we brought you news in our article Science Maybe Huntings Best Friend that the respected science team at, Queen’s University Belfast Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science (Quercus) had reported that the best place to find healthy hare populations in Ireland were in the reserves kept by the Irish coursing clubs. The...

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Homo Ferrum – Or How Not to Treat Your Farrier

Posted on Friday, May 12, 2017
Written by: Deborah Jane Nicholas

In this piece Deborah Jane Nicholas explores that complex relationship between the farrier and the owner of the hunter. It is widely accepted Homo Sapiens are the dominant species of Modern Human although approximately 150 000 years ago the genus Homo Ferrum evolved and diverged from other hominids in Africa. While not as successfully abundant...

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Confessions of a Hunter

Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Written by: Deborah Jane Nicholas

The blood curdling screams tore through the air like a hot poker being driven into fresh snow and exceeded the sound level of a glacier calving off the Antarctic Peninsula. If those screams had been heard at 2 a.m on a housing estate in Milton Keynes the police would have been called, an ambulance…heck, it...

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Caveat Emptor or Let the Buyer Beware

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Written by: Deborah Jane Nicholas

Spring and Early Summer is the time of year when the rider’s thoughts turn to acquiring that vital accessory, the one guaranteed to  improve their riding overnight… the next horse. Here Deborah Jane Nicholas provides the prospective purchaser with some cautionary words. The advert will nearly always start with how the owner is full of...

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Recollections of a Fellside Meet

Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2017
Written by: Ron Black

Whilst there are innumerable accounts of hunts and huntsmen on the Lakeland fells pre ban, someone who was simply a follower who stood, usually frozen to the core “silhouetted on the skyline”, has written precious little The piece below is by necessity a compilation, the hunt described never happened but all the constituent parts did...

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True Libertarians Will Support the Repeal of the Hunting Ban

Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017
Written by: Peter Brook

“Tony, if you invoke the Parliament Act it will be the most illiberal act of the last century”. The late Roy Jenkins was no foxhunter, but he was a libertarian and his advice to Tony Blair shortly before his death in 2003 encapsulates the challenge of the Hunting Act for those who claim to follow...

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Bringing Them On

Posted on Monday, February 6, 2017
Written by: Cornelia Henderson

Get a room full of foxhunters together, and one of the topics that always seems to arise is “those new to hunting are only interested in dashing about the country, and jumping fences.”  Everyone nods, and tsk tsks and takes another sip of their drinks. The transition from hunting to ride cross country to a...

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WOW Saddles Part 4 Why is Everyone Getting So Pumped Up?

Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Written by: Peter Brook

In this concluding part to the examination of the WOW saddle technology we look at a way that a saddle can, in certain circumstances, be used to fit more than one horse or more likely a horse who changes shape on a frequent basis. Sadly many people use saddles which do not fit as well...

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The Examination of WOW Saddles -To Flair or Not to Flair? Part 3

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Written by: Peter Brook

We continue our exploration of the science behind the WOW saddle and try to explain why its so comfortable What is Flair? Flair is air flocking. Yes, the panels of your saddle are filled with air! Flair was launched over 12 years ago, it was developed and trialled extensively on Hunting horses. In 1999 Flair...

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