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.
Sunday 30th October: Waterloo Inn, Taddington SK17 9TJ
Sunday 6th November: OPENING MEET
Meets commence at 12 noon unless otherwise indicated.
Horses should be plaited and hip flasks may be carried.
Hunting Cap for adults is £45 and for under 18s £35
Our Frequently Asked Questions page provides guidelines on dress codes.
Sunday 6th November: New House Farm, DE6 3FN
Sunday 13th November: Tudor House Farm, Kirk Langley, DE6 4NG
Sunday 20th November: Holmelacy Farm, Tideswell, SK17 8LW
Sunday 27th November: Elms Farm, Brailsford, DE6 5BL
Sunday 4th December: Netherton Hall, Bradbourne, DE6 1PB
Sunday 11th December: Thornbridge Hall, Ashford, DE45 1NZ
Sunday 18th December: Flagg, SK17 9QG
Monday 26th December: Ashbourne Market Square
Sunday 1st January: New Haven Farm, Newhaven, SK17 0DT
Sunday 8th January: Royal Oak, Hurdlow Car Park, SK17 9QJ
Sunday 15th January: Hoe Grange, Brassington, DE4 4HP
Sunday 22nd January: Monyash, Parking TBC
Sunday 29th January: TBC
Sunday 5th February: Callow Car, Wirksworth, DE4 4BR
Sunday 12th February: Welbeck, TBC
Sunday 19th February: Old Kennels, Pikehall, DE4 2PH
Sunday 26th February: Scarcliffe Park, NG20 9RQ
Sunday 5th March: Chatsworth House, DE45 1PP
Sunday 12th March: Tissington Estate, DE6 1RA
Sunday 19th March: Kelstedge, TBC
Sunday 26th March: Sandbeck, S66 8PF
Sunday 2nd April: Old Kennels, Pikehall, DE4 2PH
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.
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:
Summer Rides will be announced shortly.
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!
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.
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.