Young Handlers Class

Young Handlers Class sponsored by Countryman’s

Ring 1 at 3pm

Lycetts Festival of Hunting 2019 will see the introduction of a new class for young handlers from all hunts exhibiting across the board at this year’s event.

The class is kindly sponsored by a well known hound feed manufacturer and will be titled ‘The Countryman’s Young Handler’s Class’.

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, Lycetts Festival of Hunting has introduced a new class for young handlers. To be eligible, handlers must be aged between ten and sixteen years 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 but not necessarily one that has been exhibited in other classes. They will be asked  to demonstrate their ability to encourage the hound to extend across the ring and stand on the flags. Only the young handler and their hound will be allowed to enter the ring, where a senior steward will act as their showing assistant, turning the hound back to them and holding the lead. The judge will ask the exhibitor about the hound’s breeding and their work at kennels.

Each hunt will be able to enter up to three competitors, and entries will close on 7th June 2019. Competitors will be listed in the Show Programme as a record of their participation. All competitors will receive a commemorative rosette and the overall winner will receive a commemorative banded hunting horn kindly donated by ‘This is Hunting UK’ and a perpetual trophy donated by Captain Ian Farquhar, which he will present on the day to the winner.

Apply here for this year’s Young Handler’s Class.

For more information email Pip Franks at foh@eastofengland.org.uk