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From 1st May, our email addresses of the form blah@cottesmore-hunt.co.uk have been switched off. For the last six months such email has been redirected to our new address shown on Meet cards and other mailings; please use this new email address from now onwards (most already do so). You can also contact us via the Contact page.

 
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KENNELS OPEN DAY

Sunday 2nd July 2017 from 12 Noon at Eastfield Farm, Ashwell, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7LJ

Hound Racing

Family Dog Show

Terrier Show

Lurcher Show

The Countrymanís Weekly and other Qualifiers for Terriers and Lurchers

The Working Terrier Federation and other Qualifiers

Tours of the Hunt Kennels

Digging Contest

Tug of War Competition

Side Stalls

For more details contact Helen: 07989977590

A Great Family Afternoon Out - Something for Everyone!





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The Cottesmore Hunt Summer Ball

At The Cottesmore Hunt Kennels

By kind permission of the Joint Masters of the Cottesmore Hunt

Saturday 8th July 2017
Dinner & Dancing 7.30pm
Carriages at 1.30am
Black Tie

Tickets £60 (£65 after 8th June)
Strictly over 18ís
Tables of 10

For tickets please contact:
Harriet Walker
Littlebank
Withcote
Oakham
Leicestershire
LE15 8DS
07969293868
cottesmorehuntfarmersball@outlook.com
Pay online here (you get an e-ticket) or by cash, cheque (Cottesmore Hunt Farmers Ball) or BACS (on request)



The Cottesmore Hunt
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The Pick of the Pack

Pick of the Pack

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Welcome

Welcome to the Cottesmore Hunt’s website. Within our site you will find the history of the Hunt and its supporters club, an account of the breeding and bloodlines of our famous hounds, a description of our country (the area we cover) with an interactive map highlighting points of interest, a who’s who of officials and staff, details of the different subscription packages, calendars for our future social events, a list of what we currently have on sale in our memorabilia shop and details of how to get in touch with us. There are also details of (or links to) our other related activities such as point-to-point racing, Pony Club and the Hedge-cutting Society. We also — as you will have seen — carry advertisements. Please give your business to our advertisers: help them to help us.

The government ban in February 2005 led to some changes in the way hounds are permitted to hunt while remaining within the law, but although second-best to traditional foxhunting, excellent sport is still possible using a combination of laid trails and flushing to a bird of prey for the bird itself then to hunt.
"For the truest sport, the straightest foxes, for perfection of country, for long runs and fast runs, commend us to the wild pastures of the Cottesmore. A wide spread region scarcely inhabited; ground that carries a scent in all weathers; woodlands which breed a travelling race; and mile upon mile of untracked grass, where a fox will meet nothing more terrifying than a bullock — no wonder, then, the finest runs of the season are with the Cottesmore; that more hard riders and grand horses are present when Ranksboro' is drawn then are ever mustered elsewhere; or that the Punchbowl and Stapleford are names to make us stir in our chairs..."
So said Edward Pennell-Elmhirst ("Brooksby") in 1882. Those familiar with the area will realise that the country has changed a bit since then. But the Cottesmore's famous hounds have more than kept pace with these changes: they are lighter and more athletic than their forebears and are better able to follow a weak scent amid exhaust fumes and the distractions of modern agriculture.

From 1666 until 2005, the Cottesmore (say ‘Cotsmore’*) had hunted foxes with hounds in and around the ancient English county of Rutland. In spite of the construction of Cottesmore airfield in 1935, the completion of Rutland Water reservoir in 1978 which removed 3100 acres (1255 hectares) of hunting country, widespread national hunt saboteur activity in the late 1980s and the 2004 Hunting Act, the Cottesmore continues to flourish, hunting within the law. Its country converges with that of its neighbours the Quorn and the Belvoir (Duke of Rutland’s Hounds) in the Leicestershire market town of Melton Mowbray which in its heyday was a magnet for foxhunters worldwide and now has the UK's only foxhunting museum.

* - from Cott's Moor

350 years and still going strong. For’ard on!