There was fun for everyone at the popular Beaufort Hunt Open Day Terrier Show and Family Dog Show held on the 30th July in Badminton Park.
The hounds were on show with joint masters Captain Ian Farquhar and Matt Ramsden talking about their work and breeding and a chance to see the immaculate kennels.
Terriers of every type were being expertly paraded in the show ring with entries from far and wide . The family dog section had hotly contested novelty classes, the fancy dress class being a particular favourite. The day ended with the normal rather manic terrier racing, one race being subject to a rather large and unofficial sudden entry!
A fun day for all.
5th August saw an intrepid band brave an early start at the Kennels for the annual Tour de Beaufort Bike Ride behind the hounds.
About 65 keen cyclists of all ages arrived mounted on a range of trusty and sometimes rusty steeds. Joint master Matt Ramsden and his team took the scenic route around the lanes and by-ways ending up beside the famous Lake in Badminton Park, where the super fit hounds cooled off in the water. The equally, by this time, super fit followers then enjoyed a delicious breakfast back at kennels beautifully cooked as ever by the Ainger Family.
Every year the Beaufort Hunt hold a Charity Meet in order to raise funds for local and national charities, and over the years many thousands of pounds have been raised.
Where possible causes that benefit the community are chosen and this year the chosen charity was the Bristol Branch of Parkinson's UK.
Several members and supporters of the Beaufort Hunt suffer from this devastating and debilitating disease and funds raised will go into local research projects.
The Milsom family have generously hosted this meet at Hundred Acre Farm, Sopworth for many years and all who attended were welcomed with a warming nip of port for some and a sausage rolls and cake a plenty!
Willa Harford, from Horton who organised the bucket collection for the Beaufort that took place on Saturday 28th January said " Oh my goodness, we can't believe how generous everybody has been, we raised £1313.28 this morning at the meet in less than 30 minutes"