Autumn fixtures

Autumn hunting starts with Hound Exercises with hounds at foot. The day starts and ends at the same place and lasts for a couple of hours. The Four Shires always have a second non-jumping field. These days are an excellent way to get horses, hounds and riders hunting fit. They are also perfect for newcomers who want to get a taste of the sport.

Hunting caps: £20  No need to plait until the Opening Meet. Dress code: tweeds and ties.

All meets commence at 12 noon, unless indicated.  There are refreshments after all the hound exercises.

Thursday 22nd September: Wood Farm, Leigh, ST10 4PQ, 5pm

Sunday 25th September: Trusley, DE6 5JG.  Parking TBC

Sunday 2nd October: Carburton, Welbeck, S80 3BU

Sunday 9th October: Wetley Rocks, Lodge Farm ST9 0BN

Sunday 16th October: Chatsworth, Calton Lees Car Park DE45 1PP 
By the kind invitation of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire

Sunday 23rd October: Nether Hall, Hathersage, Hope Valley S32 1BG
 By the kind invitation of Mr & Mrs Michael Shuttleworth

Sunday 30th October: Waterloo Inn, Taddington SK17 9TJ

Sunday 6th November: OPENING MEET

 

 

HUNT BALL 10th February 2017

The Four Shires Bloodhounds' Hunt Ball will be held at Hassop Hall on Friday 10th February 2017. Five course sumptuous meal and disco @ £60 per person.  

 

 

 

 

Hound Parades

After succesful parades at the Derbyshire County, Alrewas, Bakewell, Ashover Shows and Ashbourne Shows, The Four Shires will be parading hounds at the Chatsworth Country Fair.  Do come along and support us if you can:

Saturday 3rd September 2016, Chatsworth Country Fair
 

Meet Card 2016

Summer Rides will be announced shortly.

 

Hunt coat found - Kirk Langley Meet

A hunt coat was found by our host, Mr Spencer, after the Kirk Langley meet.  It was left hanging on a fence.  Please get in touch if you are missing your hunt coat!

 

Text Alert Service

Would you like to be notified of meet alterations or cancellations by text message?

In addition to our Meet Hotline we are now offering a FREE text alert service.  In the event that a meet has to be cancelled or altered at short notice we can text you as soon as we know.

To sign up simply e mail your mobile phone number to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and ask to be added to the text alert service.  

To unsubscribe at any time simply e mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  including your mobile phone number and name.

IMPORTANT: please note that text message delivery is not infallible.  Please check the website or Facebook for the meet status.

From time to time we may also notify you of forthcoming events by text or e mail, if you have supplied an e mail address.  If you would prefer not to be added to our events database please say when subscribing to this service.

Please rest assured that we will never pass your details on to any third party or use them for any other purpose.

 

Photos from this past Season by Tracy Muir

Tracy Muir has taken some wonderful photos of meets this season. You can see more at her website, www.tracymuirphotography.co.uk.

Meets - General Information

All fixtures commence at 12pm on a Sunday unless otherwise stated. Details relating to each fixture will be updated as locations are confirmed. There is a second Field Master at all exercises and meets for those who want a less challenging day.

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.