Badminton Ride presentation to Royal British Legion

A cheque for £2,000 from The Badminton Ride 2018 was presented to the Royal British Legion`s Gloucestershire County Chairman, Brian Hewitt on Saturday 1st December by the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort.

Beaufort Hunt boost Air Ambulance Fund

Wiltshire Air Ambulance received a £1000 boost to their funds on Saturday from the Beaufort Hunt. The Marquess of Worcester presented the cheque to Air Ambulance volunteers Anne Hooper and Douglas Looman. The donation came from the proceeds of the popular Hunt Supporters Club Horse Show held every August on the Badminton Estate. A spokesperson for the hunt said ` all of us are grateful for the wonderful work done by the Air Ambulance particularly in rural areas where speed is of the essence following accidents or illness.

The Beaufort remembers the Fallen

The Beaufort Hunt like many hunts across the country today paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the both World Wars and in other subsequent conflicts by holding a minutes silence at their meet in Littleton Drew on the 10th November. Many of those attending had time to reflect and remember the loss of family members and friends who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Inter Hunt Relay at the Festival of Hunting 2018

The Duke of Beaufort`s Hunt sent two teams to the Inter Hunt Relay at the Festival of Hunting at Peterborough this week. A Senior Team of James Hopkins, Brooke Gardener-Wollen, Steph Hunter and Sara Cloke and a Junior Team of Rosie Bush, Anna Dando, Belle Edwards and Willa Gravell.
The Festival of Hunting is one of the highlights of the Relay Competition Season and something that the teams have been working and practising towards with the help of Team Manager Nicky Bush and our Kennel Huntsman’s wife Chef d’equip Selina Hopkins. Each team competed against around 30 teams from hunts across the UK, with fierce and fast qualifying rounds!
The Senior team qualified for the knockout rounds but unfortunately after a good second round they were pipped to the post by three seconds and knocked out.
Congratulations to our Junior team on some fast and furious rounds. Four incredible qualifying rounds against competitors up to 21years old (our youngest member is 12years old!) sent them through to the semi-finals where the Hunt masters and Hunt staff came to cheer them on following their success with the hounds. In a hugely exciting tightly fought final rounds in the main arena The Duke of Beaufort`s Cubs were ultimately 4th. Huge congratulations!

Photo shows the Junior Team, left to right of Belle Edwards, Willa Gravell, KH Nick Hopkins, Anna Dando and Rosie Bush

Welsh Presentation

At this years Welsh and Border Counties Hound Show at Builth Wells, Captain Farquhar who retires from the mastership of the Beaufort Hunt in May 2019 was honoured to receive a painting of Pembrokeshire Gerwyn 2003 from the Welsh Hound packs in recognition of his deep love of Welsh hounds and his support for the show over many years. Pembrokeshire Gerwyn was the sire of a much loved and popular hound drafted to the Beaufort called Gwynneth.

Bernie Tidmarsh retires

Bernie Tidmarsh has just retired as farrier at the Beaufort Hunt after many years and to mark his retirement, Miranda Dowager Duchess of Beaufort presented him with a painting commisioned by the hunt done by local artist Tristram Lewis.

Beaufort Puppy Show 23rd June 2018

In blazing sunshine the Beaufort Puppy Show saw visitors from far and wide come and see the young hounds being judged on their conformation, quality and movement under the expert eyes of judges Martin Scott and Nigel Peel MFH.
The "puppies" at this stage are fully grown young adults. They spend the first few months of their lives at the homes or farms of devoted "puppy walkers" being taught the early lessons in life - getting used to other animals and interacting with people all of which brings out their inherently friendly nature. This years winners were a doghound called Factor, walked by Mrs Janet Gardner and a bitch hound called Fabric walked by Mrs Gill Brack.
Photo shows from left to right Graham Gardner, Matt Ramsden MFH, Gill Brack, Miranda, Dowager Duchess of Beaufort, John Gardner, Capt.Ian Farquhar MFH, Janet Gardner

Countryside Learning Schools Days on the Badminton Estate

Over 2 days on 5th and 6th June, just under 500 children from local schools have been visiting the Badminton Estate to discover more about life in the countryside. They have been in the great Walled Garden identifying plants, seeing some of the history of Badminton House, watching the forester with his log cutter, seeing gamekeepers showing the skills of their spaniels, learning about game management, keeping sheep, and even seeing a falconer demonstrating flying birds of prey. The day is topped off with the most popular moment of all - a look at the friendly hounds in the immaculate and famous Beaufort Hunt kennels at Badminton and a chance to cuddle a puppy.
This 10 week old puppy seems to be asking a pupil from Powells School in Cirencester "what are you going to do when you grow up"

Litter Picking

The Beaufort stepped up to the mark and joined the Countryside Alliance Big Litter Picking Weekend on 2nd June. A long section of the Fosse Way from Kemble Airfield to the M4 was cleared of rubbish including one enormous pile of fly tipped rubbish deposited in a valuable crop of wheat! Huge thanks to all who gave their time and joined in with this great team effort .