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Hunts Celebrate the Return of the Festival of Hunting

Posted on Friday, July 23, 2021
Written by: The Editor

Returning to the East of England Showground for the 133rd Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show, 25 packs of Modern and Old English Foxhounds and over 5,000 spectators were delighted to be back at this very popular rural event on Wednesday 21st July, supported by the Countryside Alliance. Organised by the East of England Agricultural Society, the...

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Early History of the Rose Tree Hunt

Posted on Thursday, July 15, 2021
Written by: Peter Brook
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This early history of the ‘Rose Tree Hunt’ now the Rose Tree Blue Mountain,  was written by ‘H’ in 1881 The Rose Tree Hunt’ is one of the best hunts in America  and shows very good sport, though the mage will appear crude to men accustomed to counting the expense of a kennel by thousands...

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A Look at Hound Intelligence

Posted on Monday, July 12, 2021
Written by: Collated from work by Deidre Hanna

Baily’s has been given permission by Author Deidre Hanna to share some selected content from her new book on Hound Intelligence. So here we look at hound names, hounds that deserve an award, if one existed, for ‘outstanding merit’. Finally, we take a look at the next generation as huntsmen the world over give an...

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With Hounds

Posted on Sunday, July 11, 2021
Written by: Peter Brook

The fox has fairly broke away, The joyous wood resounds, And crashing timbers yield to him Who rides beside the hounds. Stout fences are as wattled stakes; Steep hills become as mounds; While fickle fortune stands by him Who rides up close to hounds. Oh merry race to gain a place; Oh pleasure,  where’s thy...

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Hunts and their 19th Century Masters

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Written by: Peter Brook

Some time ago an American writer, in attempting to distinguish between fox-hunting in America and in England, stated that he was of the opinion that a pack of hounds was part and parcel of an English squire’s establishment. At one time this was approxi­mately true; for harrier packs, and hounds which hunted both fox and...

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Peterborough Hound Show 1890

Posted on Friday, July 9, 2021
Written by: Peter Brook
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In no month is foxhunting so far off as in July. To keep it in memory, the Festival of Peterborough has been invented, and to the event flock as many as can to whom a foxhound is appreciated for itself and not a mere excuse for a ride. A pleasant gathering, and instructive, it was...

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Lord Kintore on Mr Meynells System Of Hunting.

Posted on Thursday, July 8, 2021
Written by: Peter Brook
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The following letter was sent by Lord Kintore to Tom Crane, Huntsman to the Fife Hounds, in the hope that he would insert some of his own remarks. This, however, he never did, as he was ‘not very good with his pen’, and after his death, in January 1830, the manuscript was given by his...

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Hawkstone Otterhounds in Wales

Posted on Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Written by: MFH

Written in 1874 the author takes the reader on a trip to Wales with Mr Hill’s Hawkstone Otterhounds. The nature of the otter and its peculiar habits render the river chase different from that of any other, and it has the merit of taking place at a time of the year when it is the...

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Packs of the Welsh Borders -A Nineteenth Century View

Posted on Friday, July 2, 2021
Written by: Borderer -edited by Baily's
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In no district in the United Kingdom is hunting more keenly enjoyed than in the border country between England and Wales, just where the mountains and hills of Wales dip down into the plains, and the smaller streams take the proportions of rivers, and their valleys widen out into dales and rich agricultural holdings. Beginning...

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The Life of a Hunt Runner

Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Written by: Peter Brook
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The Hunt “runner” was an institution, and in the 19th and early 20th century  his role was an essential asset to both the field and to Hunt servants as well. His best equivalent today would be the ‘countryman’ role retained by some hunts.  Each year with the near approach of the hunting season attention is...

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