All meets are at 12 noon unless indicated.
The cap for hound exercises is £20 adult and £15 for under-18s.
Tweeds and ties; horses do not need to be plaited. All welcome.
Jumping is optional. We have a second non-jumping field and there is always as way round.
Sun 26th October: Tideswell, Home Lacy Farm SK17 8 LW
This is a stone wall day. Most walls are less than 3 foot. There are normally smaller lines for those wishing to have a go. Knee boots are recommended for those wishing to jump. All jumping is optional. A runner will be laid on for part of the day.
Sunday 2nd November: Opening Meet, Kennels Pikehall, DE4 2PH
This is a stone wall day. Most walls are less than 3 foot. There are normally smaller lines for those wishing to have a go. Knee boots are recommended for those wishing to jump. All jumping is optional.
Sunday 9th November: New House Farm, Hulland Ward, DE6 3FN
This is a mixed jumping day starting with a beautiful cross country course on private land with both large and small jumping options, perfect for those wanting to have a go as well as for the more ambitious. The rest of the day we will be jumping hedges, rails and hunt jumps. All jumping is optional.
Sunday 16th November: Lodge Farm, Mill Lane, Wetley Rocks, ST9 0BN
This is a mixed jumping day with small rails and walls, perfect for newcomers. Knee boots are recommended for those wishing to jump. All jumping is optional.
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:
Regrettably due to the very wet fields, the BBQ has had to be postponed.
We very much regret that we have had to cancel the Gala Dinner on 28th November. We hope to reschedule it in the Spring.
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.
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.