West of England Hound Show
The last of the summer hound show trips saw the Beaufort hounds go west and down to Honiton to compete in the popular West of England Hound Show.
Captain Farquhar had the honour of being Hound Show President this year but we were still able to show. The doghounds were judged by Nigel Peel MFH from the North Cotswold together with Toby Coles MFH of the West Norfolk. The bitches were judged by Adam Waugh MFH of the College Valley and Charlie Shirley-Bevan of the Tynedale. It was good to see the hounds get in amongst the ribbons despite strong competition.
1st in the Best Couple Unentered with Poacher and Poldark. Poldark was Reserve Unentered Champion.
3rd in the Best Couple of Entered Hounds with Harvard and Hawker.
1st in the Best 2 Couple Entered with Radar Raglan, Rancher and Fontwell.
1st in the Stallion Hound class with Folkestone and 3rd with Harvard
Radar won the Doghound Championship
4th in the Best Couple of Unentered with Pocket and Botany.
3rd in the Best Couple of Entered Hounds with Paleface and Raspberry.
3rd in the Best 2 Couple Entered with Forage, Raspberry, Rally and Paleface.
1st in the Brood Bitch Class with Rascal
Puppy Show 2017
Last year everyone, judges, hunt staff and spectators were soaked to the skin as the rains came down. 2017 thankfully was little kinder with a light breeze and sunshine, perfect showing conditions.
With guests from far and wide it was also good to welcome a great number of hunt staff from around the country.
Kennel Huntsman Nick Hopkins and his team did a fine job showing the young hounds and judges Martin Scott and Nigel Peel MFH had their work cut out selecting the best.
The eventual winners were :
Dogs - Poacher walked by Mrs R. Brack
Bitches - Porridge walked by Mrs R. D. Montgomerie
Beaufort's trips to Builth and Peterborough Welsh Hound Show
One of the highlights of the summer for the Beaufort Hunt is their annual trip to the Welsh Hound Show at Builth Wells held at the end of June.
Hunts and supporters from far and wide attend this popular show with its array of hounds ranging from beagles, fell hounds, foxhounds and the woolly Welsh hounds.
In all classes the competition is red hot with huntsman vying to show off their best against one another.
This year we were in the "bridesmaid" brigade as far as results were concerned, but it is always a delight to go to Builth, and a strong team of Beaufort supporters made the long drive over the Bridge and into the heart of Wales.
The lunchtime picnic is fun, but in a tradition started by Beaufort joint master Captain Farquhar, nothing beats the singing and the conviviality around the Beaufort lorry at the end of the day. First the Welsh with their wonderful voices and national songs, then when we feel braver, the rest of us joining in with rousing choruses and old hunting songs - unforgettable - and a mark of the strong community that is the world of hunting.
Poacher was Reserve Unentered Champion.
Radar and Rancher were First in the Entered Couple Hawker Harvard Hailstone and Pegasus were Second in the Entered Two Couple Folkestone was Third in the Stallion Hound Class Radar was Reserve Champion
Botany was First in the Unentered Championship
Magpie and Rainbow were Second in the Entered Couple.
Pardon, Rally, Raspberry and Paleface were Second in the Two Couple Entered.
Forage was Second and Bombshell 4th in the Brood Bitch Class.
Botany was Reserve Champion.
Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show
Peterborough is the pinnacle of hound shows in the UK. Doing well here is a bit like Crufts and packs from across the country attend all hoping to claim a rosette of one colour or another!
Captain Farquhar was judging the bitches this year so we were unable to show in the afternoon and took the doghounds only.
A jolly band of Beaufort supporters again made a long journey to Cambridgeshire to enjoy the Festival of Hunting and see Beaufort Radar win the stallion hound class and then go on to become Reserve Doghound Champion.
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