Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show 2018
Wednesday 18th saw the Beaufort Hunt at The Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show on the East of England Showground. In the Foxhound ring the high quality of hounds being shown from all over
the country ensured that the competition here was hot also.
Best Unentered Couple won by Falcon and Faraday with Falcon taking Reserve Unentered Champion.
Radar and Poldark came 2nd in the Entered Couple with Radar going on to become Reserve Champion Doghound.
Fabric and Fashion came first in the Unentered Couple with Fashion taking the Reserved Unentered Championship.
Beeswax, Botany, Porridge and Rally were second in the Two Couple Class.
Raspberry was second in the Brood Bitch Class and Porridge was Reserve Champion.
Wales and Border Counties Hound Show at Builth Wells
The annual trip over the bridge to the Wales and Border Counties Hound Show at Builth Wells is one that the Beaufort hound aficionados look forward to each year with anticipation. Not only is it a great opportunity to see some beautiful hounds and a chance to catch up with friends but the après party and singing round the Beaufort hunt lorry at the end of the day, led of course by some wonderful Welsh voices is not to be missed!
The weather was baking hot but despite this, hounds showed well.
Doghounds Falcon and Faraday won the Best Couple Un-entered with Faraday taking the Unentered Championship.
Poacher and Poldark came second in the Best Couple of Entered.
Radar and Ranter came second and third respectively in the Stallion Hound Class.
BitchesFabric and Fashion came second in the Best Couple of Un-entered with Fashion then taking second place in the un-entered championship. Gofar and Gooseberry came second in the Best Couple of Entered and Beeswax, Botany, Porridge and Rally came second in the Best Two Couple of Entered. The Brood Bitch class saw Rascal take the first slot and her litter sister Raspberry close behind in second place.
Rascal then went on to take the Bitch Championship. Photo shows left to right Rascal and Raspberry.
Hounds have been kennelled at Badminton since 1640 but the pedigree records
have only been kept up since the mid 1700's. The furthest back an individual
hound can be traced generation for generation is 1743, 54 generations in all.
This makes the foxhound one of - if not the - most chronicled animal in the world
today. During this time they have been systematically bred for the sole purpose
of hunting the fox with an emphasis on nose, stamina, and character. All the
puppies bred at Badminton are put out to walk on farms at 6-8 weeks and some of
the puppy walkers are the 3rd and 4th generation of families to do so. The fact
that they live with a family for their formative months helps bring out their
genetic friendliness. Anyone who has visited a kennel or seen hounds at a show
surrounded by children can vouch for this. Hounds are the most magical animals
to work with. The Beaufort Hounds are also famous for their conformation - in
particular their size and quality. They win prizes at all major hound shows and
their blood lines are in demand in many other kennels in this country as well
as America, Canada, Australia and Europe. Their consistent size and quality
owes much to the fact that they have been bred by one family since their
inception, and to the selective breeding programme carried out by 'Master' the
10th Duke for sixty years. He controversially introduced a Welsh outcross in
the 1930s through a Brecon Bitch Petrel 32, now one of the strongest female
lines in the Kennel. More recently there have been a number of Welsh
outcrosses, in particular Plâs Machynlleth Miller 63, through New Forest Medyg
69, an outcross which produced a famous stallionhound, and Peterborough
Champion Duke of Beaufort's Monmouth 77. When Captain Ian Farquhar arrived from
the Bicester in 1985, he brought another Welsh outcross with him, from a pack
called the Vale of Clettwr, passed down notably in the Beaufort Kennel through
Farrier 84 , who also has the New Forest Medyg line. The Welsh blood has
recently been added to again by using a stallionhound from the famous David
Davies Welsh pack, Bouncer 94.
2004 the Duke of Beaufort's celebrated its 50th Peterborough Championship
win. This is quite a feat, the nearest rival the Heythrop with 27 champions over
that time since 1887. Since 2004 the Beaufort have added seven more
championships to the tally and indeed scored a unique consecutive run of
Doghound championships from 2002 to 2006 inclusive. Below is a list of those
champions from Badminton and the year they were made champion. The year or
numbers after their name denote the name they were entered, which is important
and saves confusion, for example in 1960 Duke of Beaufort's Palmer 59 was
champion while his name sake Palmer 02 was champion in 2003 and another Palmer
83 was champion in 1985. Being champion does not necessarily mean they are the
best working hound, but it does mean that the judges at the time considered
them the best looking hound. However, it has always been Capt Farquhar's policy
to breed from only the best workers. ( Martin Scott)
Bobcat with Halifax at Left with Halifax on Right (Photos courtesy Emma
Below is a list of Beaufort Peterborough Champions.    * = Sire and Dam Champions.
||VWH Rancher 09
||VWH Darius 04
||Heythrop Busby 96*
||VWH Gardner 95
||Heythrop Forelock 96
||Exmoor Pewter 89
||Cottesmore Starter 85
||New Forest Medyg 69
||Crowner 69 *
||Crawley and Horsham Farley 70
||Heythrop Cockspur 66
||Posy 63 *
||Heythrop Craftsman 62 *
||Heythrop Craftsman 62 *
||Heythrop Bacchus 60
||Posy 63 *
||Heythrop Bachus 62
||Palmer 59 *
||Portman Pedlar 55
||Heythrop Brigand 54
||Portman Primer 47
||Belvoir Wicklow 16
||Rumour 19 *
||Belvoir Russet 12