Young Handlers Class

Young Handlers Class sponsored by Red Mills

The Lycetts Festival of Hunting 2019 will see the introduction of a new class for young handlers from hunts exhibiting at this years event.

Many of those who are today the leaders of the hunting community both as amateurs and professionals started their careers helping at kennels surrounded by hounds. As a recognition of those who give up their free time helping at their local hunt, the Lycetts Festival of Hunting Committee has introduced a new class for young handlers. To be eligible, handlers must be aged twelve to sixteen and regularly helping with hounds. This class is open to all types of hounds competing at Lycetts Festival of Hunting 2019.

Competitors will be asked to show a single hound from their hunt that has also been entered in another class at the event. Their aim is to demonstrate their ability to encourage the hound to extend across the ring and stand on the flags. The judges will ask the exhibitor about the hound’s breeding and their work at kennels. Only the young competitor will be allowed to enter the ring with the hound and should receive no assistance from outside the ring.

Each hunt will be able to enter up to three competitors, entries will be taken when completing the other hound show class entry forms. Competitors will be listed in the Hound Show Programme as a record of their participation.All competitors will receive a commemorative rosette and the overall winner will receive a commemorative hunting horn and a perpetual award.

Applications for the Young Handlers Class will open soon.