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Thoughts on Kerry Beagles and American Foxhounds

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2018
Written by: G.T.B. 1905

I find that there can be little doubt that the Kerry beagle and the bloodhound had the same origin. The colour and type of the two is still the same, and it is only a few years, as stated in Mr. Rawden Lee’s book on the dog, since the Kerry beagle had the same size...

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Rosslyn Balding Takes Over at Toronto & North York

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Written by: Joe O'Connor Financial Post Canada
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Rosslyn Balding is sitting on a couch with her wool-sock-clad feet tucked comfortably beneath her. The professional huntsman has a bundle of handwritten notes in her right hand, which she keeps reminding herself, aloud, to refer to, but which she mostly keeps forgetting to check. She admits to being nervous. She has never been interviewed...

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Historical Review of the Quarme Harriers

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2018
Written by: Dryden

There are few packs of harriers in England that can equal the Quarme harriers them in keenness, pace, working capacity, and nose. However, they are well worthy of notice as being among the last representatives of the old light-coloured hunting hound once found plentifully in Devon, Somerset, and Cornwall. Until the year 1825, when the...

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Deliberate Misinformation Underpins the Hunting Act

Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Written by: The Aldenham & Paul Read

You could be forgiven for assuming the comment below was submitted as part of the evidence to the recent Government inquiry into fake news: ‘There are, on the other hand, some organisations which have been formed solely for the purpose of securing the prohibition of a particular sport or all field sports. In the main...

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Hound Song

Posted on Friday, March 9, 2018
Written by: Fredrick Watson

Frederick Watson wrote entertainingly of “hound song.” in the 1930’s these are his thoughts taken from an early Baily’s.   Hounds, like all real artists, sing on the smallest possible provocation, but they prefer the night before a hunt because they have not dined, and feel – quite naturally – extremely aesthetic, Hound singing has...

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A Borrowed Whip

Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2018
Written by: Jack Ivester Lloyd

According to the author this is really a cautionary story for all who may be tempted to ignore advice because they like to imagine they know something about a subject. Now, I started piling-in to beagles shortly after I learnt to walk and, except for a years spent in seafaring, I con­ed to do so...

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Nineteenth Century Thoughts on Hunting Equipment

Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2018
Written by: Peter Brook

This article appeared in the very first annual Baily’s Hunting Directory in 1897 and was obviously intended to give some words of advice on what not to wear whilst on the hunting field. It is included here both as a historical note and to provide a small degree of comfort to those who even with...

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Green-Scenes from a Hunter’s Album

Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2018
Written by: James Apperley (http://goneawayhunting.blogspot.co.uk)

In this evocative article James Apperley recalls his first experience of harriers. It was one of those days when the weather is like a Cossack cavalry charge, all wild momentum in a livery of ragtag greys, scudding just above the cottage roofs, too low and fast for rain. The kind of day when to be...

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One day in March

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Written by: James Apperley (http://goneawayhunting.blogspot.co.uk/)

I can hear a skylark singing. A thin stream of song-code spilling out into the air above my head. I look up, struggling to find focus in the blue for a moment before I spot him: a brown blur, hanging in the buffeting breeze one hundred feet up. It’s the first time I’ve heard a...

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19th Century Notes on the Genesee Valley Hunt

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018
Written by: Peter Brook

During the year 1877, it seems an attempt was made to have the huntsman hunt the hounds with less assistance from their owners, but as hounds  were ‘trencher fed’ and did not know him, being kept at home, both hounds and owners were gloriously independent, and hunted themselves to suit themselves. If the huntsman was...

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