Countryside Alliance becomes a key sponsor of the Festival of Hunting

The Countryside Alliance is delighted to announce that it has become a key sponsor of the Festival of Hunting which returns to the East of England Showground on 20th July 2022.

The Festival of Hunting will encompass the 134th Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show where the very best hounds from across the country will be expertly shown to the judges, with every pack hoping to claim the prestigious championship doghound or bitch hound titles.

Recognised as the annual showcase for the world of hunting, there will be hounds representing over 100 packs from across the UK at this year’s Festival. These include championship classes and displays of Foxhounds, Harriers, Beagles, Basset Hounds, Bloodhounds, Draghounds and Terriers, with Fell Hounds, Stag Hounds and coursing dogs also in attendance.

Tim Bonner, Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance said: “As long-term supporters of the Festival of Hunting and the Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show, the Countryside Alliance is delighted to have become a key sponsor of this truly unique celebration of hounds. The Alliance is committed to protecting the future of all lawful hunting activities and we look forward to welcoming our members and supporters to this year’s event.”

Richard Bramley, Chairman of the East of England Agricultural Society, said: “As an organiser of the event we have always been strongly supported by the Countryside Alliance with the Festival of Hunting, therefore it gives me great pleasure announcing they have agreed to strengthen this even further by becoming a key sponsor from 2022. As an organisation, their splendid work benefits all of the hunting and rural community and I hope everyone attending this year’s event at the East of England Showground will be sure to show their support and thanks to the CA team by visiting their stand opposite the main hunt marquee.”

The hotly contested and ever-popular inter-hunt team relay competitions for junior and senior teams will also take place throughout the course of the day. With two opposing teams racing against the clock over a mirror image set of fences in a knock-out competition, hunts from all over the country will be vying to claim the top prize.

With a vast array of trade stands plus refreshments and a bar, this event is not to be missed. Tickets for this year’s event are now available HERE.

Picnic hampers at the ready for the Festival of Hunting Hunt Picnic competition

Best Hunt Picnic Stirrup Cup winners, the Warwickshire Hunt – L-R Alix Speir, Chloe Speir, Jane Hall, Charmian Green and Valerie Cockburn – photo credit Hattie Austin

Hunts from up and down the UK will return to the Festival of Hunting on Wednesday 20th July 2022, with the opportunity to relax and catch up with friends at the back of the hunt horse trailer after the morning’s classes one of the highlights of the day.

Whilst primarily a relaxed affair, the Hunt Picnic competition – with prizes from local food writer, Jenny Jefferies, as well as goodies from local food and drink producers, and the ‘Stirrup Cup’ up for grabs – has become a hotly contested event over the years, with the Warwickshire Hunt taking the top gong in 2021.

This year’s Hunt Picnic competition will be judged by Country Life Chief Subeditor, Octavia Pollock, and author of ‘For the Love of the Land’ and ‘For the Love of the Sea’ cookbooks, Jenny Jefferies.

Mrs Alix Speir MFH co-organised the Warwickshire Hunt’s winning picnic last year, which was praised for its focus on home-grown produce, with fresh raspberries, tomatoes, strawberries and home-reared beef all on offer and displayed beautifully. Mrs Speir MFH says: “The key to a good picnic is to get everyone involved and ask them all to make something. We had lots of homegrown produce and of course plenty of coronation chicken! Those who can’t cook bring the refreshments!”

“The Warwickshire Hunt picnic was started by Charmian Green and our success is definitely a testament to her superb organisation over the years.  It is a great summer get together for those who love their hounds.”

Last year, 25 packs of hounds and over 5,000 spectators were in attendance for this countryside spectacle, and the East of England Agricultural Society, organisers of The Festival of Hunting, along with the Chairman and committee of The Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show Society, hope to build on the success of last year’s Festival as it returns to the East of England Showground, Peterborough, supported by the Countryside Alliance.

Host to the prestigious 134th Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show, the Festival welcomes Foxhound packs from across the country to this distinguished competition, which also hosts classes for Beagles, Harriers, Basset Hounds, Draghounds and Bloodhounds. Whilst primarily a foxhound show, the Festival of Hunting offers something for everyone in the wider hunting community, including the popular Young Handler Class and the fast-paced Inter-Hunt Relay.

Spectators are well-served too, with this year’s ‘Local Larder’ food and drinks suppliers promising a range of opportunities to enjoy catching up with friends and acquaintances from across the hunting community. There is also a range of retail trade stands, with everything from high-quality hunting apparel to country clothing, art and gifts.

Admission to the Festival of Hunting will be by prior online ticket sales only and you can buy your ticket by CLICKING HERE.

All press enquiries should contact amy@artheyassociates.co.uk or 07858 656444.

Festival of Hunting returns on Wednesday 20th July 2022

28 March 2022

The Festival of Hunting returns as one of the highlights of the countryside events diary this summer, on Wednesday 20th July 2022.

Last year, 25 packs of hounds and over 5,000 spectators were in attendance for this countryside spectacle, and the East of England Agricultural Society, organisers of The Festival of Hunting, along with the Chairman and committee of The Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show Society, hope to build on the success of last year’s Festival as it returns to the East of England Showground, Peterborough, supported by the Countryside Alliance.

Host to the prestigious 134th Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show, the Festival welcomes Foxhound packs from across the country to this distinguished competition, which also hosts classes for Beagles, Harriers, Basset Hounds, Draghounds and Bloodhounds. With such a range of hounds competing and on display, the Festival of Hunting is one of the largest shows of working scent hounds anywhere in the world. The top rosettes went to the Vale of the White Horse (VWH) and Heythrop Hunts in 2021, and they will return to contest their titles this year.

Whilst primarily a foxhound show, the Festival of Hunting offers something for everyone in the wider hunting community. The popular Young Handler Class returns for a third year, giving the next generation an opportunity to demonstrate their skills at hound showing. Last year’s winner, Thomas Hopkins, was recently awarded a place with the Hunt Bursary Scheme at the Thurlow Hunt, whilst he followed his win in the first instance with an agricultural course at Brooksby College, Melton.

The Inter-Hunt Relay is a fast-paced competition on the day, with over 60 Junior and Senior teams hotly contesting the ‘knock-out’ style tournament to find out the quickest and most skilful team of four riders over a course of obstacles; a great sight to watch!

Spectators are well-served too, with this year’s ‘Local Larder’ food and drinks suppliers promising a range of opportunities to enjoy catching up with friends and acquaintances from across the hunting community. There is also a range of retail trade stands, with everything from high-quality hunting apparel to country clothing, art and gifts.

The Hunt Picnic competition returns for another year, with Country Life Chief Subeditor, Octavia Pollock, and local food writer, Jenny Jefferies, lined up to judge the hotly contested lunchtime event.

Alison Queenborough, Secretary of The Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show Society, said: “We are thrilled to welcome competitors and spectators to the 134th Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show and the Festival of Hunting again this summer; it was an absolute joy to see this event back at the East of England Showground last year and for it to be so well supported by the rural community with over 5,000 spectators and 25 packs of hounds.”

“We can also announce the 2022 Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show judges are H.J.M. Berkeley Esq., M.F.H. and H.G.B. Bailey Esq., M.F.H. judging the Dog Hounds, whilst A.P.A. Waugh Esq., M.F.H. and G.L. Landau Esq., M.F.H. will judge the Bitch Hounds. The Old English Hounds will be judged by C.R. Clark Esq and J. Reed Esq.”

“The schedule of classes was as well attended as ever in 2021, and we hope to build on that in 2022 as well as grow the offering of shopping, food and drink for our spectators. Our ‘Local Larder’ will really focus on those small rural businesses and we hope will be well-supported by those attending.”

Admission to the Festival of Hunting will be by prior online ticket sales only with tickets available from mid-April at www.festivalofhunting.com.

All photos credit Sarah Farnsworth Photography.

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All press enquiries should contact amy@artheyassociates.co.uk or 07858 656444.

The Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show Society was founded in 1878 under the Chairmanship of the Marquis of Huntly. The first show was held under the patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales KG and the first President was the then Earl Fitzwilliam. The importance of the Show was recognised in 1934 when HM King George V gave permission for the name of the Society to become the Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show Society.

By tradition, its achievements, and by the continuing excellence of its standards, The Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show is the major event in its field in the world. 2022 will celebrate the 134th Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show and there is no doubt that Peterborough continues to serve this great sport as a unique annual focus for all that is best in foxhound breeding.

The Festival of Hunting has grown around the Foxhound Show and incorporates The Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles, The Masters of Bloodhounds and Draghounds Association, The Masters of Basset Hounds Association, Fellhounds, Gazehounds and an Equine section hosting the Inter Hunt relay.