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Let Denman go! Ex-racehorses out hunting

Posted on Sunday, July 23, 2017
Written by: Zoe Wales – Lycetts Newmarket Office
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Racing enthusiasts will know the name Denman, winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup (2007, 2009) and the Cheltenham Gold Cup (2008). Hunting enthusiasts will, however, also remember him for his subsequent hunting career with Charlotte Alexander and the Beaufort. ‘Everyone was so kind at the beginning when he was just starting out,’ says Charlotte, ‘They...

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Rewilding is Not the Answer

Posted on Friday, July 14, 2017
Written by: The Aldenham

According to several internet sources the phrase ‘Rewilding’ first appeared in 1990 and was written by a man called Dave Forman. He was a founder member of Earth First!, a radical group promoting sabotage as a weapon of intimidation against large corporations accused by the group of damaging the earth and plundering its resources. Dave...

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What Would Mr Jorrocks Think Of Fox Hunting Today? How Hunting Etiquette Has Changed.

Posted on Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Written by: Julia Wailes-Fairbairn

If Mr Jorrocks were to come out for a day’s hunting in 2017 he would see much that he recognised from the nineteenth century. Indeed, at first glance, it would all appear familiar to him: from immaculately turned out hunt staff and smart riders on gleaming horses to the thrills and spills of the day...

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The Equine Characters that Teach Young People to Ride to Hounds

Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017
Written by: Julia Wailes-Fairbairn

For hunting’s future to be assured it is important that it is in safe hands. There is therefore nothing more important than the next generation and nurturing them as they grow. The road to adulthood is populated by a number of equine characters, all of whom contribute to the capability and knowledge of their young...

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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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