The ‘Country Tour’ sponsored ride took place on Sunday 17th September. The ride was approximately twelve miles long, with a six mile option, and went north from Albury Hall towards Furneux Pelham and Brent Pelham mainly across private land which is not generally open to the public. There was a mixture of open views, woodland, parkland with some optional jumps along the way. The day was completed by a delicious BBQ at the start/finish as well as a refreshment stop half way along the twelve mile route. All the feedback from the ride participants has been very positive.
A big thank you to landowners, hunt supporters, hunt staff and many other friends and family who all gave their time and help to make it a hugely successful day to raise money for the Herts Air Ambulance.
I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Hunt Secretary, taking over from Neil Pearson who as many of you will know has joined the new team of Masters for the 2017/18 season. I have very much enjoyed hunting with the Puckeridge since a small child, along with my parents Tim and Sarah Asplin (who many of you will know) and we look forward to seeing you all out on the hunting field this season.
The new Joint Masters are:
Major Ted Barclay – was a former Joint Master and Huntsman during the 1980’s, and keeps the Barclay family tradition, going back over 100 years at Brent Pelham.
Miss Karen Fiske – has hunted with the Puckeridge since childhood, lives at Widdington and farms Debden Hall Farm with her family.
Mr. Neil Pearson – lives at Ashdon, has hunted with the Puckeridge for some 25 years, became Joint Hunt Secretary in 2006 and has been Hunt Secretary since 2014.
Mrs. Georgia Dollar – has hunted with the Puckeridge in recent years. She lives with her husband and young family near Barkway.
Mr. Joshua Tierney will, as planned, take on the role of Huntsman, ably supported by Mr. Lee Walters as Countryman.
On hunting days it would assist me greatly if those due to pay monies could seek me out at the Meet. I will usually be on a little coloured mare or a grey horse.
The annual judging of young hounds took place in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd of hunt supporters at the Kennels on Sunday, 9th July.
Edmond Mahoney from the Louth Hunt and Andrew Sallis from the Kimblewick Hunt had the difficult task of judging five couple of dog hounds and five couple of bitches who were beautifully presented by Josh. They showed extremely well and the Puppy Walkers should be proud of the role they have played in producing such a confident young entry. After much deliberation the judges placed them in the following order:
With the exception of Melody, who was walked by Richard Talks and Sarah Tate, the prize winners were all walked by Mr. and Mrs. F. Murray.
Best Working Dog Hound 2016/17 Entry
Marlin (walked by Mr. and Mrs. F. Murray)
Best Working Bitch Hound 2016/17
Marigold (walked by the Pitman family)
We were then treated to the spectacle of the remaining hounds who all looked happy, extremely fit and well and ready to start the season – a credit to Josh and Lee. It was also evident that a lot of time and effort has been spent on the Kennels to provide a very colourful and smart backdrop to the judging.
A most plentiful and delicious tea was provided at Beaches during which the Puppy Walkers (Mrs. R. Ackland, Mr. and Mrs. F. Murray, Miss K. Richardson and Mr. O. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. M. Robinson, Mr. R. Talks and Miss S. Tate, Mrs. J. Weedon) were presented with their much deserved spoons and prizes.
It cannot be stressed enough just how grateful the Hunt are to the Puppy Walkers for the fantastic work they have done developing the young hounds and would like to especially thank them for all the time and energy they have given.
Over 300 people attended a most enjoyable and interesting evening at the wonderful home of Newsells Park Stud to raise funds for the Puckeridge Hunt. It was good to see so many Puckeridge subscribers and supporters, along with a diverse range of visitors from racing and hunting backgrounds soaking up the atmosphere created by the beautiful surroundings on a wonderful balmy summer’s evening.
We were welcomed with canapes and drinks before the start of a most impressive parade of Newsells Park Stud resident Stallions, broodmares and foals (including Equiano and Nathaniel and a particularly attractive Mare and Frankel foal). We were then treated to a very entertaining speech by Sir Mark Prescott in which he relayed some very amusing anecdotes raising much laughter. The evening was rounded off with a most successful ‘Auction of Promises’ with some very impressive and, judging by the sums raised, desirable Lots.