The date of this year's Sponsored Ride at Chatsworth is Sunday 14th June.
Booking is now open. Click here to register!
We will be hunting every Sunday until the beginning of April. Meet details will be posted to the website as soon they become available.
All meets are at 12 noon unless indicated.
The cap for hunting is £45 adult and £35 for under-18s.
Black or navy coats; horses should now be plaited or hogged, hip flasks permitted. All welcome.
Jumping is optional. We have a second non-jumping field and there is always a way round.
Text Alert Service: If you would like to be notified of last minute meet alterations or cancellations you can sign up to our free text alert service. Click here for details.
Fours Shires' update number: will give the current status of a forthcoming meet - but please note it does not take messages. If a meet has had to cancelled because of weather conditions, or the venue changed, you can check the status on the morning by ringing after 9.30am:
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.
You can also text 'fourshires subscribe yourname' to 80809
e.g. text 'fourshires subscribe John Smith' to 80809
You can also text 'fourshires unsubscribe yourname' to 80809
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.
Tracy Muir has taken some wonderful photos of meets this season. You can see more at her website, www.tracymuirphotography.co.uk.
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.