Children hug hounds, parents pat gleaming horses, and local pubs and hotels do a roaring trade. Catherine Austen takes a closer look at the most significant day of the hunting season.
Catherine Austen unearths a few chilling accounts of weird and inexplicable events that have occurred in the hunting field.
Despite it being over a decade since the Hunting Act came into force in 2005, the hunting community have not given up on their sport, says Camilla Swift.
Not only are hound shows great social gatherings, says Catherine Austen, but they are also a showcase for the hound breeds, where all can convene to see the country’s best.
A fast-paced hunt can leave you feeling more alive than ever, says Catherine Austen after a day with the Heythrop. But none of this would be possible without top-notch hunt staff and a healthy relationship with local shooting estates.
The speed, the beauty, the deadly demeanour - a day out hawking leaves Will Pocklington in awe of one of nature's most formidable predators.
Hunt saboteurs may not be as numerous as they once were, says Camilla Swift, but they're certainly still around.
Hunting, whether on a pony or on foot, provides children with so much more than fresh air and exercise, says Catherine Austen.
A day out with the ‘jelly-dogs’ is great fun for young and old – and you’ll be close to the action when it comes to watching hound-work – says Jeremy Hobson.