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
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 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.
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
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
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
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"
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
Practice makes perfect they say, so the Beaufort Inter Hunt Relay Teams of both Cubs and Seniors have been working hard at their skills all Spring ready for the summer shows and it seems the practice might be paying off!
The Beaufort Cubs came 4th round a big course at the Royal Artillery Hunt Relay and were able to show the Kings Troop how it’s done! A good first outing for Rosie Bush, Anna Dando, Belle Edwards and Charles Hall.
The Junior and Senior Team travelled to the North Somerset Show to compete in the main area with a huge atmosphere! Both teams won their first rounds, they then went into the semi-finals where the Beaufort Cubs were drawn to compete against the Beaufort Seniors which was rather entertaining! done to With the Cubs who managing to pip the Senior Team to the post with another win and go into the final.
The result was a 2nd place for the Beaufort Cubs team with Rosie Bush, Anna Dando, Belle Edwards and Willa Gravell and a 4th place for the Seniors with James Hopkins, Sara Cloke, Sarah Kellard-Smith and Steph Hunter.
The prestigious Royal Windsor Horse Show this Thursday will see the teams in action again.