Regrettably due to the very wet fields, the BBQ has had to be postponed.
We hope you'll be able to join us at a few of our events over the summer period. We are holding a number of events, some social to ensure we keep in contact over the Summer before we start hound exercises in September and even some that don't involve horses!! See you at one of these:
A number of Cross Country Training Days - Dates and details for July and August to follow in the next week or so, as we are just confirming dates and venues.
The recent Summer Ride from Carburton, by the kind invitation of Mr Robert Bowers, was a fantastic day and everyone had a fabulous time.
Wednesday 13th August - Publicity stand at Ashover Show - so please come and visit us or even better if you can help out for an hour or two that would be much appreciated. Hounds will also be parading.
Saturday 16th August – Ashbourne Show. Hounds parading.
Saturday 30th August - Chatsworth Country Fair Hounds parading.
Sunday 31st August –FIRST HOUND EXERCISE
Friday 7th November - Opening Meet Party
Other items in the planning are:
Hassop Hall Gala Balck Tie Dinner with Mystery Guest Speaker Friday 28th November, we hope more Summer Rides, Hunt Ball. 2015
Full details to be confirmed and posted shortly, so please check back regularly for updates.
Other Hunt Items:
Saturday 20 July - Chatsworth Sponsored Ride. FULLY BOOKED. www.chatsworthsponsoredride.co.uk
A VERY BIG thank you to all those that took part, organisers, supporters and riders. And speciial thanks to Dave and Emma for creating and managing the website and entry times; Andy and Helen for dealing with all the entries and the support services, Deb for collecting the sponsorship money, Chris for planning the route and Sian, her mum and friend Lizzie for making sure all went well on the day. And above all we are grateful to Amy Law and the Chatsworth General Trust for enabling us to hold the ride. As always Amy has been wonderfully helpful. The sponsorship total for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance will be announced as soon as we have all monies in.
Photos taken by Bob Turner on the day are available on the ride website above and also on our Facebook site.
Tracy Muir has taken some wonderful photos of meets this season. You can see more at her website, www.tracymuirphotography.co.uk.
If you have any general queries prior to a hunting day, please email:
The hosting problem has now been resolved. It had absolutely nothing to do with the Dynamic Duo (AKA Dave and Emma Shepherd) our fantastic, long-suffering and devoted former Web Masters who have earned a well-derserved break. With sincere thanks from the Masters. Lady Hattersley and Chris Kane, MBH.
If you need to speak to one of the masters, please do not hesitate to contact:
Chris Kane, MBH on 07854 412370
ENQUIRIES: If you have any questions about the day, please ring and ask.
Chris Kane, MBH on 07854 412370
Venues can be changed at short notice, so always check the website.
Please park considerately.When un-boxing please park sensibly, you should make sure that you are not blocking a lane or driveway. Take care not to park on a manicured verge or do anything that may cause congestion or inconvenience to other road users.
Arrive at the meet a little before the time that is stated on the meet card. On arrival at the meet as a matter of courtesy say "good morning" to the Huntsman and Whippers-in and the Masters. Helen Best is responsible for collecting the cap (your contribution towards the Hunt's cost) and ensuring you have signed a disclaimer.
If you recognise them thank the farmer or landowner who is hosting the meet and thank the person who gives the 'stirrup cup'’. The Four Shires prides itself on being a welcoming hunt. So the more people you talk to at the meet, the friendlier the atmosphere that is created. In particular, remember to greet people on foot and make those who are out for the first time feel welcome.
Always make sure, that should you be in close proximity to hounds, that you face your horse towards them. Do not allow your horse to tread on or kick a hound. If your horse does break this golden rule you should apologise to the Huntsman and indicate which hound was struck, so that she can deal with it if necessary. If a veterinary bill results from the injury, you are obliged to pay the cost.