Tickets are now available for the Hunt Ball on February 27th. There are special prices for early bookings, and numbers are limited, so act now to save money and avoid disappointment. The Events page has full details and online ticket sales.
Two Times Tack of Long Crendon very kindly supported our auction of promises with the donation of a hunting whip. Two Times Tack purchase manufacturers’ clearance lines at the lowest possible prices and pass on the savings to their customers, and also sell second hand tack on commission. Stop by their website, www.twotimestack.co.uk to find out more.
Hannah Walmsley of White Feather Photography in Suffolk visited us last week at Will Dalton’s Little Gaddesden meet and took some great photographs, particularly of our hounds. Click here to see the photos from Gaddesden, or visit Hannah’s home page at www.whitefeatherphotography.co.uk.
The first draft updated version of the catalogue of promises is now available to download from the Events page. There’s a wealth of great promises on offer already, with Lot 39 especially intriguing, and potentially worth its weight in Hunt subs to the right bidder. Advance bids are welcome for all lots, or join us for a great evening on November 14th.
The Supporters’ Club has announced a grand auction of promises in the middle of November, in the middle of our Hunt country. Please do come along, the Events page has details.
The ride was blessed with perfect weather. Official photographers Ultimate Images even had a camera mounted on a drone this year, so they may have dramatic aerial shots. There are also some photos from other jumps around the course for sale on the ride’s website here, with all profits from these photos going direct to the ride. Lost property, prize winners and so on will be on www.sosr.org.uk very shortly.
This year’s Hunt calendar is now available, with beautiful pictures from a variety of talented photographers, including Yvonne Parkinson, Willie Jackson and Greg Knight. Greg is also the winner of this year’s calendar photo competition with the beautiful August picture from Bishopstone, shown at the top of this page.
The calendar will be on sale at events starting with Thame show, then at full season meets, and of course online from the Shop page.
Regrettably the Ball has been cancelled. All tickets will be refunded.
Entries are now open for this year’s ride on Sunday September 27th. The Riding page has full details and online entry.
This month’s newsletter is now available to download on the KHSC page.
Entries are now open for this year’s ride in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside on Sunday October 4th. The ride’s website www.sosr.org.uk has full details and online entry.
Advance entries have now closed for this year’s ride, but entries will be available on the day, Sunday August 2nd. The Riding page has more information.
Regrettably we have had to postpone the Summer Ball due to clashes with a number of other parties on the same night. The Ball has been rescheduled to Saturday September 19th at Thame Show Ground. Tickets booked by PayPal for the July date will be fully refunded the week of 13th July.
The competition is now closed, and I think it’s safe to say this year’s entries are well up to last year’s high standard: the judging panel from the Supporters’ Club have some tough choices ahead of them! Many many thanks to everyone who entered. Results will be posted here when we have them.
Sunday August 2nd has just been announced as the date for this year’s ride in the grounds of Lord and Lady Mornington’s elegant Stratfield Saye house. The Riding page has more information.
Just a week left to submit your photos for this year’s calendar competition - all photos need to be with us by June 26th. Full details are a couple of articles further down this page.
A vibrant Alliance membership is crucial to our success with repeal. New members can save 50% paying by direct debit or 20% paying by credit card by using the code “15SRH” when joining online - click the link below to go to the CA membership page.
We’ve a few updates to the Events page, including the return of the very popular ‘Meet the hounds’ evening where our Huntsman will discuss what the judges look for at shows. Our first downloadable Supporters’ Club newsletter is also available now on the KHSC page.
Just announced for June 28th in Hambleden. Marion and Wendy’s socials always draw a great crowd so this should be good. The Events page has full details.
We’re aiming to get the Hunt calendar out a little earlier this year to sell at the shows, so the deadline for the competition is tighter than usual - all photos need to be with us by June 26th!
The standard of submissions last year was wonderful, and we’ll be featuring some of the pictures which didn’t make it into the 2015 calendar at the top of this page over the next few weeks.
As always, we’re looking for great hunting or Hunt-related photographs to use in the 2016 Hunt Calendar, either candid ‘people’ shots or big beautiful pictures for the individual months. The Supporters’ Club is also donating a £50 prize for the judges’ favourite photograph, whether used in the Calendar or not. All photographs used will be credited to the photographers.
The rules are simple:
• All photos must be received by June 26th
• Photographs must be of or related to the Kimblewick Hunt and have been taken in the twelve months prior to the closing date
• Digital photos only, please do not post us prints
• Photographs can only be used in the Hunt Calendar if they are of sufficient technical as well as artistic quality (but don’t be put off by that - mobile phones take very good photos these days)
• By submitting a photograph you consent to its use free of charge on this website and in the Calendar, sales of which benefit the Hunt
• The judges’ decision regarding prizes and inclusion in the Calendar is final
Please email your photographs by June 26th to:
The Hunt’s Annual General Meeting is at Haddenham Village Hall on Friday May 15th 2015 at 7.30pm. Click here to download the agenda.
We’re nearing the end of the Hunt year and accordingly 2014/15 KHSC subscriptions expire on May 1st. We hope that you will renew your subscription now for the 2015/16 season - see the KHSC page for renewal information.
We would also like to thank Ashley Brodin for his many seasons as Chairman of the Supporters’ Club. Ashley’s leadership has helped streamline the Club and increase the profits raised at many of our events. The funds raised by the Supporters’ Club are crucial to the running of our Hunt, so we’re very grateful to Kate Mason and Lucy Holmes for taking over this vital role from Ashley.
If you are interested in commissioning an oil or charcoal portrait of your pet (or probably horse) by South African artist Lorena Ruffini of Acacia Blue art studio, please get in touch with Caroline on 0771 4279370.
Acacia Blue had a stand at the last point-to-point and we’re hoping they’ll be back at the Kingston Blount meeting in May.
Our final point-to-point of the year at the beautiful Kingston Blount course is coming up. Please do join us for a great day out.
Photos from the ride, prize winners and lost property are now available. See the ride website’s News page for full details.
Ticket sales have now closed for the 2015 Ball.
Evening tickets for the dancing crowd are now available online from the Events page (entry from 9.30pm, without dinner). That would make an excellent Valentine’s present, but remember ticket sales close on Thursday...
Posted 14/2/15, updated 19/12/14
The 2015 ride has now sold out. See the ride’s News page for more information, and updates during the run up to the ride.
Posted 7/1/2015, updated 4/2/2015
Just a week left to get discounted early bird tickets for this year’s Hunt Ball. Head over to the Events page to save £6 per ticket.
There’s a selection of new horses (and a horse box) on the Classifieds page, including a couple from Rose Hall Farm which are very well known on our hunting field.
We have just five calendars left for online orders - get in quick if you want one! The online store is now sold out. There should still be a few copies for sale at the Boxing Day meet, grab one while you can...
Posted 16/12/2014, updated 17/12/14
The Christmas lunch at Waldridge Manor has sold out, and we’re very pleased to say it looks like this year’s Hunt calendar is going the same way. We still have a few calendars available to order online, but there aren’t many left for sale at meets.
Head over to the Events page to order your tickets at special early bird rates: order a table for ten now and save yourself £100 off the full price.
The calendar, price held at £10 for another year, will be available at meets across the Hunt country, and is also available online from the Shop page. This year’s calendar is selling faster than ever before, so buy soon to be sure of getting one.
Many great pictures were submitted, and the decision was close, but the judges have agreed a winner for this year’s calendar competition. The winning photo (above) came from Hunt chairman Alan Jackson who submitted several atmospheric shots of summer hound exercise. Alan has kindly donated his prize back to the Supporters’ Club.
The winning picture, along with several more of the competition entries, appears in this year’s calendar. Thank you to everyone who submitted pictures - it’s wonderful that the calendar is such a community achievement.
A chance to have a portrait of your horse(s) and help Hunt funds.
Christian of 4legsgood will be holding a portrait session before Christmas, and has kindly offered to donate 20 percent of proceeds to the Hunt.
The day’s shoot costs £280 and can be split between up to 8 horses. Print prices are £380 for a 24” x 16” and £480 for a 33” x 23”. Assuming 8 bookings at the smaller print size, that would be a whopping £664 for the Hunt.
Examples of Christian’s work can be seen at www.4legsgood.biz. Drop Christian an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to register an interest.
There’s a good looking hunter and a smart hunting whip on the Classifieds page; the full secretary’s report with sponsorship winners and so on is up on the South Oxfordshire Sponsored Ride website; and the date for next year’s Vale of Aylesbury Sponsored Ride at RAF Halton has been confirmed as March 22nd 2015.
A lunch to open the season has just been announced, at the lovely Burrow Farm, Hambleden, on November 9th. More details are on the Events page.
We had perfect weather for this year’s ride. There’s a note from the Secretary and lost property on the ride’s News page, official photos at Ultimate Images, and some photos from other jumps around the course here.
We’re putting on an evening of information and entertainment at Haddenham Village Hall on October 17th. Huntsman Gerald Sumner will be talking about hunting and etiquette on the hunting field (for mounted and foot followers!), and will also be demonstrating the various hunting horn calls and their meanings. There will also be horn blowing, whip cracking and hollering competitions. The last time we did this, a good time was had by all, and everyone learned something, so do come along. See the Events page for full details.
Full rosette placings for the 2014 Hunter Trials are now available here, and photographs of the class winners are linked below:
We had a very successful Hunter Trials today, many many thanks to everyone who helped, and to everyone who took part. Our special thanks go to Andy and Val Sceats for organising it all, and to Jef Bell and Linda Rogers for allowing us to use their beautiful course one again.
Class winners were:
Pairs: Anna Stone and Isabelle Hoar
Junior Cubhunter: Summer Clarke
Senior Cubhunter: Zoe Langley
Foxhunter: Kate Wallace
Full rosette placings and a few photos will follow shortly. The official photographer at the event was FL Photography.
Online and postal entries for Sunday’s hunter trials have now closed, but entries will be taken on the day unless classes are already full. See the Riding page for full details and to download start times for the Pairs class.
Entries are now open for this ten mile sponsored ride near Padworth. See the Riding page for more details.
Entries are now open for this hunter trial on a lovely private course through meadows and woodland. The course is only ridden for competition twice a year, so don’t miss out. See the Riding page for more details.
Entries have now closed, and I’d like to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who submitted pictures this year. We had 72 entries (!), and some really wonderful photos.
Once the Supporters’ Club committee has made its choices, we’ll try to showcase here some of the pictures that didn’t make the final cut.
Photographs on the day were by www.waynejonesphotography.com.
There’s a great write up of the Kimblewick Fair and Horse Show in this month’s Chiltern and Thames Rider magazine, available at all good newsagents now.
Just a week to go for the Calendar Photo competition. We’ve had some great entries already, but keep them coming.
We’re looking for great hunting or Hunt-related photographs to use in the 2015 Hunt Calendar, either candid ‘people’ shots or big beautiful pictures for the individual months. The Supporters’ Club is also donating a £50 prize for the judges’ favourite photograph, whether used in the Calendar or not. All photographs used will be credited to the photographers.
The rules are simple:
• All photos must be received by August 8th (so check your Picnic Ball photos promptly!)
• Photographs must be of or related to the Kimblewick Hunt and have been taken in the last twelve months
• Digital photos only, please do not post us prints
• Photographs can only be used in the Hunt Calendar if they are of sufficient technical as well as artistic quality (but don’t be put off by that - my favourite photograph in last year’s calendar was taken on a mobile phone!)
• By submitting a photograph you consent to its use free of charge on this website and in the Calendar, sales of which benefit the Hunt
• The judges’ decision regarding prizes and inclusion in the Calendar is final
Please email your photographs by August 8th to:
A massive thank you to everyone who got involved and made Saturday possible. Especially to Mr Walker for once again kindly allowing us to use his fields; to Lynda, Liz and Nyree; to the Hunt staff who worked tirelessly to restore normality after the Puppy Show, prepare the hounds for great results at Peterborough on Wednesday and get everything set up for the Fair on Saturday.
We are very grateful to the team of helpers who turned up on Friday to assist in the setup, those who kindly put themselves forward to help on Saturday, and not forgetting the help to tidy up afterwards. These events and your support are invaluable to the running of the Hunt.
Entry forms and online entry are now available for this year’s sponsored ride near Watlington on Sunday 5th October. See the Ride’s website: www.sosr.org.uk for full details and to enter.
We had another successful hound show this week when our hounds made the journey to Peterborough for the Festival of Hunting. It’s great to see the Kimblewick hounds doing well in very good company, and having the support of our followers too. We are certainly holding our own against the ‘usual’ winners and becoming recognised as a pack to watch. Our thanks to the Kennels team for producing the hounds to this high standard. Here are the results:
Entered couple of Dog Hounds: 5th, Ninja and Nitrate
Unentered Dog Hound: 4th, Boarstall (2nd at our own Puppy Show)
Unentered couple of Dog Hounds: 4th, Forester (1st unentered dog hound at our Puppy Show) and Fracture
Unentered Bitch Hound: 2nd, Nutmeg (Champion Puppy at our Puppy Show)
Unentered couple of Bitch Hounds: 5th, Boozie (3rd unentered bitch hound at our Puppy Show) and Nutmeg
Report by Helen Jackson, Senior Joint Master
The lovely show of young hounds was kindly judged by James Andrews, Joint Master and Huntsman from the South and West Wilts and Sean Hutchinson, Huntsman from the Suffolk. Sean took on Will Parker as First Whipper in from us and Sean’s bad fall at the end of the season allowed Will to finish off the season hunting hounds which I know he really relished. Sean has Chris Mardles (also ex Kimblewick) as First Whipper in this season!
From 10½ couple of dog hounds, the winners were:
1st: Forester, walked by Nyree Fitzgerald and her family
2nd: Boarstall, walked by Mark Vincent and Andy O’Regan
3rd: Forager, also walked by Nyree Fitzgerald and family
4th: Fordson, again walked by Nyree!
From 9½ couple of bitch hounds, the winners were:
1st: Nutmeg, walked by Clive and Sarah Gough
2nd: Bollard, walked by Mr and Mrs Ron Rietdyk
3rd: Boozie, walked by Mrs Theresa Whittle (Theresa is one of our new secretaries in the South of the country)
4th: Bondage, walked by Wayne and Sarah Butler
Champion Puppy was Nutmeg and Reserve Forester
Best Working Dog Hound Porridge, walked by Mr and Mrs T Mardles
Best Working Bitch Hound Nickname, walked by Mrs A O’Regan
Best Condition on return from Walk Franklin, walked by Mr and Mrs R Rietdyk
Thank you to Mrs Jane Vowles for organising the day and for sourcing some lovely chinaware as prizes. All the puppy walkers received the traditional silver spoon as the Joint Masters’ sign of gratitude and appreciation.
The Stables had been spruced up by Fran Smith, our new Stud Groom, and she and a fantastic group of helpers put on an excellent tea - thank you to all the ladies and gentleman who supplied sandwiches, cakes and milk for the occasion.
The Hunt Staff really had done a great job to present the kennels, stables and hounds in wonderful condition, down to a lot of hard work from them and also Wayne Butler, Jason Green, Nigel Glenister and Mark Vincent.
Entry forms and online entry are now available for this year’s sponsored ride at Stratfield Saye House on Sunday 3rd August. See the Riding page for more details and to enter.
Once again, the Kimblewick Picnic Ball was a sell-out. Last weekend, members old and new donned their ball gowns, prepared their picnics (although some even forgot their picnics) and danced the night away.
We are truly grateful to Mr Roger Goodchild once again for letting us use his barn, which, through no mean feat, is transformed into a ballroom for all to enjoy. Thank you also to those who came to help clear up the next morning!
Support for the event was second to none, with generous donations both to the auction and the raffle, including fixed wing flights, a framed print by 4 Legs Good and a hunting clinic with Harry Meade. All helped to raise the much needed funds - we are so lucky to be surrounded by such a good natured bunch in the Kimblewick, helping to make these events both a success and incredibly enjoyable.
Entry forms are now available for this year’s sponsored ride at Stratfield Saye House on Sunday 3rd August. See the Riding page for more details and to download an entry form. Online entry will be available very soon.
The Kimblewick farmers beat the Bicester Hunt clay shooting last night for the third year running at Stratton Audley, hosted by the Bicester. This shoot has been running since 1951, and we retain the prestigious silver cup once again.
Well done to the 15 shooters who participated, and congratulations to Bob Blundell for winning the ‘highest gun’, winning the Allan Trophy for the 6th time in the last ten years.
Kimblewick hounds went to the South of England Show, Ardingly, and were successful in several classes. A lot of hard work goes into showing our hounds, so thanks are due to Gerald and the staff - great to see our hounds doing so well in excellent company.
Entered Dog Hound: 1st, Falcon 13 (walked by Clive and Sarah Gough)
Entered couple of Dog Hounds: 2nd, Porridge 13 and Parky 13 (Porridge walked by Mr & Mrs Tim Mardles, 2nd Whip Chris’s parents, Parky walked by the Tye family)
Entered couple of Bitch Hounds: 1st, Pageant 13 and Planet 13 (Pageant walked by the Quesnels and Planet walked by the Mardles)
Entered two couple of Bitch Hounds: 2nd, Mackerel 12, Pageant 13, Planet 13, Passion 13 (Passion walked by the Howard Jones family, Mackerel walked by the Quesnels last year)
Brood Bitch: 2nd, Frolic 11 (a Howard Jones family walk from ages ago!)
The Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management have commissioned respected writer and broadcaster Charlie Pye-Smith to write a short book on the need to manage wildlife.
The objective of the book is “to articulate an informed understanding of wildlife management. It will provide knowledge and guidance for legislators and opinion formers as well as being of great assistance to conservationists, landholders and practitioners who strive to improve or maintain biodiversity in the countryside. It should also help to justify the repeal or replacement of the Hunting Act and counter the ignorant, and often biased, comments that we frequently hear from so-called animal welfare experts.”
The Kimblewick Hunt has made a donation to help this project.
The full programme for the Family Dog Show is now available on the Fair’s own website www.kimblewickfair.com. If you have a pooch, young or old, pedigree or not, there are prizes on offer.
We’re booking trade stands at the moment, and will have details shortly.
On Sunday 18th May the Kimblewick travelled with a team to the Puckeridge hunt country for a compeitive game of cricket on the Vesty estate at Ashdon. The Kimblewick team consisted of Gerald Sumner, Alex Jackson, Monty Graham, David Pick, Mike Smith, Ed Mason, James Law, Tom (waddestone) and making up the numbers two Saffron Walden under 14s.
The teams were treated to a first class lunch before play, and then we opened the batting. David got us off to a good start with a very quick 25 to retire, the whole team scored runs and we placed a target of 135 to win.
The weather was very hot and draining on the team who all bowled 3 overs, mostly spin it must be said, with the exception of Ed Mason, who bowled up the hill like a man possessed.
All the team took wickets and fielded exceptionally well, which made for an exciting finish with the Puckeridge needing 5 off the last ball, but David removed the middle stump to secure victory for the Kimblewick.
Watch this space for details of the return match and please do let us know if you are keen to play.
Gerald Sumner MFH
Unsurprisingly, this Friday’s quiz night has completely sold out. If you haven’t paid for your tickets yet, you’ll want to do so quickly to ensure your place.
We had a great day out at Windsor Horse Show on Thursday - thanks to all the supporters who came and cheered on the Kimblewick team. The team (Lucy Quesnel, Thomasina Quesnel, Jane Adderley and new whipper in Rob Truscott) was in great order, with perfect hand-overs, but sadly the over-run of the previous show jumping class meant our good time was not quite good enough (by a few seconds).
Huge thanks to the Quesnel family, who provided 3 of the 4 horses, and to the riders for their gallant effort.
The next inter-hunt relay is at Barbury Horse Trials on July 6th, please come along and support your Hunt.
As well as the many family-friendly attractions at the Fair (fun rides, slides and side stalls, displays and relays, the Family Dog Show for every kind of pooch, and much much more), this year’s Fair on Saturday July 19th also features a full scale Horse Show.
The Horse Show offers all types of classes, from show jumping and clear round to in-hand and ridden showing. All classes are qualifiers for Chiltern Rider or Equifest.
The date for this year’s sponsored ride at the glorious Stratfield Saye House has just been confirmed, by kind permission of Lord and Lady Mornington. The ride will take place on Sunday 3rd August, more details are on the Riding page.
It’s a busy month. This coming Friday, May 16th, is the Hunt AGM in Nettlebed, and the following week, May 23rd, is the return of Mark Vincent’s quiz night. The last one of these I attended was so popular I had to share a chair, so get in quick if you want a ticket.
Full details are on the Events page.
Details of the 2014 edition of the (in)famous Picnic Ball have just been released. At Standalls Farm, Bishopstone, once again (if it ain’t broke...), on June 28th. Black tie, DJ, auction, raffle, and a great night, you know the drill.
Full details, including tickets via PayPal or cheque, are on the Events page. There’s a substantial discount for early orders.
The Easter point-to-point at Kimble drew a ten year record crowd of over 8000 and delivered three winners for Alan Hill. Fastest time of the day was in the Ladies Open from Gina Andrews aboard Start Royal. Photos from the day are in the current edition of Chiltern and Thames Rider.
Back at the tail end of March, we had good ground and good weather (a change from last year!) for the Vale of Aylesbury Sponsored Ride at RAF Halton. 463 riders went round, with prizes for highest sponsorship going to Kelly Hill, Karen Vals, Angela Miles and Charlotte Ward (adults) and Georgia Hill, Niamh Shaw and Charlie Harper (juniors). Special mention to the five riders from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery who raised over £1000 between them.
Chiltern Rider has four pages of photos from the Ride, and of course official photographers Ultimate Images have many more.
The Ride says a very sad farewell this year to Susie Bell who is stepping down after ten years as Secretary, to be succeeded by Angela Rogers. In addition to her work for the Sponsored Ride, Susie has been a stalwart supporter of our Hunt and the Supporters’ Club for many years, working tirelessly behind the scenes in just about every capacity.
She’ll be greatly missed by all and we wish her the very best at her new Hunt, the Cury in Cornwall, where her sister is joint Master.
What talent this Hunt has! For this year’s Fashion Show we had a change, we went back into the past, from 50s up to 90s (decades not ages!). We had Elvis strutting his stuff, ABBA dancing, Greased Lightning, Baywatch, a fab routine from The Spice Girls and a fantastic crowd who all joined in enthusiastically.
After the entertaining Fashion Show, we went onto the Tumblers’ Presentation. This year’s winner with a record of 5 tumbles was Rod Wilson (although I think a member of Hunt Staff really won!!!!). Each Tumbler went away with a small Present, just to say ‘Thank You’ for falling off! The evening finished off with music and dancing.
This was a very enjoyable evening, where members of the Hunting field were able to come along and have a fun evening and catch up with their Hunting buddies! A BIG ‘Thank You’ to all the lovely and talented models we have in the Hunt.
Photos from the evening are available on Willy Jackson’s www.wjphotographic.co.uk website.
The inaugural Hunt fashion show was a revelation, or perhaps revealing is a better word! This year we’ve incorporated the Tumblers’ Club presentation with dancing afterwards for the party types.
April 11th. Longwick Village Hall. Be there or miss out.
More details on the Events page.
The 2014 Ride at RAF Halton is now full and entries have closed. If you missed out, the Hunt runs several other sponsored rides later in the year, see the Riding page during the summer for details.
After dinner tickets are now available for the Ball, see the Events page for full details.
www.kimblewickraces.co.uk is offering online ticket sales for the first time. To launch the online box office there is the opportunity to by a season ticket for all three race meetings as well as an online early booking discount for tickets bought from the web site before the end of February, so click through to www.kimblewickraces.co.uk without delay.
Entries are now open for this year’s sponsored ride at RAF Halton. The ride was quarter full after the first week of entries, so don’t delay if you want to take part this year!
More details on the Riding page.
The Winter Pantomime has proved so popular we’ve had to change the date so we can present two performances in a row. The panto will now take place on 7th and 8th February in Wendover.
Tickets for the Hunt Ball (March 1st) are £90, but if you book before February 17th we’re giving £5 off, and if you book a table for ten before the end of January there’s an extra special price of £80 per person - that’s a saving of £100 just for booking early!
Details and PayPal payment on the Events page
First and most important, we’re only a week into the season and we’ve sold a full third of the print run of this year’s Hunt calendar. The calendar always sells out, but it looks like this year that may happen sooner rather than later. Available now from the Shop page, from the Hunt office and from various meets.
And finally, there’s a new clutch of horses for sale and wanted, trailers and accessories over at the Classifieds page.
Please note, the Hallowe’en party at Marsh Hill will now take place on November 2nd.
This year’s Hunt calendar is now available, with beautiful pictures from a variety of talented photographers, including Nigel Glenister, Gillian Robinson, Nyree Fitzgerald, Yvonne Parkinson, Willie Jackson, Lou Addison, Helen Hawkins, Olga Vladova and Christine Alder. The calendar has completely sold out for the last two years, so get in early. Details are on the Shop page.
There are Christmas crackers piled high in the supermarkets, so the festive season can only be a couple of months away. Why not add a pack of Oliver Harbour’s lovely Hunt Christmas cards to your calendar order?
At this evening’s Hunt Supporters’ Club AGM the date for the 2014 Hunt Ball was confirmed as 1st March - a date for the diary!
The weather was perfect, the going was good, and we had a fabulous turnout. Thank you to everyone who took part, and to everyone who helped make the Ride run smoothly.
Official photos from this year’s Ride are available from Ultimate Images.
With just a week to go, things are looking good. Some jumps have been renewed and others given a slight face lift and there is a change to part of the route to keep you on your toes. The going is just right, and with lots of wonderful old turf to ride over and woodland tracks, all should be perfect for the ride.
Entries are only being taken until Wednesday 2nd October, so don’t delay, enter now or miss the South Oxfordshire ride of the year!
It’s over for another year... Click here for results from the 2013 Shire Lane Hunter Trials.
The ground was perfect, the course looked fantastic, and there were plenty of entries. Four classes were run in a fun but competitive spirit and, barring a few spills but with no serious injuries, all completed safely.
Competitors and spectators all said what a great day they had and our many many thanks go again to Jef Bell and Linda Rogers for allowing us to use their farm and for all the set up work they do. Our thanks also to the helpers - jump judges, scorers, secretaries, catering, car park, drinks, pony club runners (and their mums and dads!), etc. You all know who you are and that without you we couldn’t run.
Advance entries have now closed, but entries will be accepted on the day providing classes are not full. See the Shire Lane page for more details of the Hunter Trials or click here to download start times for Class 1.
Online entries are now open for the Ufton Court ride at Padworth on October 20th. Click here for full details.
The Opening Meet will be around sooner than any of us think, and you could do worse than visit our Classifieds page to make sure you have everything you need in good time (even if you were starting from scratch!). We currently have listings an experienced hunter (three seasons with the Bicester), livery space, an as new EquiTrek trailer to transport him in, saddle and tack and a full set of top quality gentleman’s hunting wear...
A couple of weekends ago the Duke of Wellington’s estate, Stratfield Saye, played host to our most southerly sponsored ride on a beautiful sunny Sunday. The organisers had laid on a lovely inviting hedge at which many riders balked, so it was pleasing to see a well known character from the north of the hunt country making a clean breast of it, on foot!. Nice work, Jason. Pictures from around the course are available at www.evespics.co.uk.
A couple more autumn events worthy of mention: on September 8th we have the Terrier and Lurcher show at the kennels, October 20th the Ufton Court Sponsored Ride (online entries available shortly) and October 26th the Kimblewick Events team are planning to host a Hallowe’en party at Marsh Hill Farm. More details of these and more on the Events page.
We have an embarrassment of great events lined up in the coming months: the fun and friendly Haddenham horse show on September 1st, Shire Lane hunter trials high up in the hills on September 15th, the ever popular official-start-of-the-social-season Farmer’s Ball on September 28th, and on October 5th the South Oxfordshire sponsored ride, a great fittener for horse and rider!
More details of all these and more on the Events page.
Willie Jackson’s photographs from the inaugural Kimblewick Hunt ‘It’s a knockout!’ are online here.
Photographs from the horse show run alongside the Fair this year are now available online to view and buy here.
It’s all over for another year. An enormous thank you to everyone who helped with the preparations, everyone who baked and everyone who helped on the day!
There are photos from this year’s fair here. Pictures from the horse show will be available here very shortly, please check back in the next couple of days.
We’ve been contacted by Dennis Mills who’s the current owner of the nameplate from the London and North Eastern Railway Class D49 locomotive ‘The Garth’ which was in service on the LNER from October 1934 to November 1958. The Hunt Class locomotives were named after packs in the LNER region, with just a couple of exceptions, ‘The Garth’ in the south of our country and our neighbours ‘The Craven’.
Mr Mills is selling the nameplate, so anyone interested in a unique piece of hunt/rail memorabilia can get in touch by emailing email@example.com.
Entries are now open for the horse show running alongside this year’s Country Fair. See the Fair’s website, www.kimblewickfair.com, for full details and to download schedules and entry forms. Entries close Tuesday 25th June.
Once again, please do mention the horse show to all your friends - it’s the first time the Fair has included a horse show and we want to get off to a great start.
We had some fabulous entries for the Hunt Calendar photo competition last year (including Jacqueline Woolley’s atmospheric photo of Ed Shere which features on the 2013 calendar’s cover, and Tom Mason’s super cute hound puppy which calendar owners will be admiring from tomorrow), so we’re doing it again.
We’re looking for hunting or Hunt-related photographs to use in the 2014 Hunt Calendar, either candid ‘people’ shots for the Fridge Door page or big artistic pictures for the individual months.
The Supporters’ Club is once again donating a £50 prize for the judges’ favourite photograph, whether used in the Calendar or not, and of course all photographs used will be credited to the photographers.
The rules are simple:
Please email your photographs by July 1st to:
Susie Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org
From a very strong entry, the judges at yesterday’s Puppy Show named bitch Pageant as Champion and dog hound Ninja as Reserve. Pageant (along with her brother Partner) was walked by Mr and Mrs J Quesnel, Ninja by the very shy Miss R Sumner. Dalesman was Best Working Dog Hound, Danger Best Working Bitch Hound and, somewhat miraculously, Farrier was puppy in Best Condition on Return from Walk despite being run over!
As always, the Hunt is profoundly grateful to all of our puppy walkers: a good walk is the start of a good hound, and the Kimblewick pack is going from strength to strength.
The Supporters’ Club are running an It’s a Knockout! competition (think inflatables, water, foam) followed by the famous Kimblewick Events After Party at Thame Showground in July. See the Events page for more information and entry forms.
Entries are now open for this year’s sponsored ride around the beautiful grounds of the Duke of Wellington’s estate at Stratfield Saye on August 4th. See the Riding page for more information.
Organisation is well under way for this year’s Fair on June 30th, and in addition to the usual attractions (Brian winning the terrier racing again, Gerald getting covered in egg, you know the drill) this year there will be a full horse show, with show jumping from 1ft to 3ft and showing classes with qualifiers for the Chiltern and Thames Rider Showing Championships.
See the Fair’s website, www.kimblewickfair.com, for full details, and please mention the horse show to all your friends - it’s the first time the Fair has included a horse show and we want to get off to a great start.
This year’s Picnic Ball is on June 22nd, at Standalls Farm once again after a great success last year. Tickets are now available from the Events page via PayPal or credit/debit card. The Picnic Ball sold out quickly last year, so don’t delay.
Having walked the London Marathon last year in a robotic suit, former eventer Claire Lomas will be hand-cycling within the Hunt country this week fund-raising for Spinal Research. She is hand-cycling 400 miles with her supporters, and talking to schools en route.
Michael Rogers, rider and photographer (and son of John and Angela), is accompanying Claire on some of this. Please see Claire’s website for her route and if she comes to your area please come out to support her.
Aimee’s riding John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise money for the Air Ambulance. It’s a mammoth undertaking (960 miles in just nine days after nine months of training) for a cause close to our hearts, so please do visit Aimee’s JustGiving page if you can.
The Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday May 17th at 7.30pm in Haddenham Village Hall, Haddenham, HP17 8EE. All subscribers, landowners, farmers and supporters of the Hunt are welcome. Click here to download the agenda for the AGM.
Congratulations to our inter-hunt relay team of Lottie Crocker, Alex O’Regan, Izzie Barker and Sopie Hamilton who came third from a field of twenty four teams at the RA Hunt competition today, with Andy O’Regan as Chef d’equipe.
With the Kimble point-to-point sadly cancelled, the Kimblewick Events team have been racking their brains to ensure you and your family still have something to do this Easter Saturday. At Marsh Hill Farm we still aim to have live racing, with four legged animals (albeit a little smaller), the tote, the infamous cake stall (the Kimblewick bake off is still on), the Kimblewick Kitchen and bar: a package that will hopefully fill your afternoon with great entertainment, all in one HEATED barn. See the Events page for details.
Regrettably the decision has been made to cancel the racing at Kimble this Saturday, 30th March. However, the evening party at Marsh Hill Farm will still go ahead and we welcome your support. See the Events page for details and tickets.
Mark Westwood was the official photographer at last weekend’s Ball and his photos are now online at www.markspix.co.uk.
The sponsored ride at RAF Halton next weekend is now fully booked. See the Riding page for other riding events we organise outside the hunting season, and also the Haddenham Rotary Club site for details of the nearby Waddesdon sponsored ride in May.
Preparation for the sponsored ride at RAF Halton on Sunday March 17th is going well, and the ride has almost sold out. Entries close Monday March 11th, but it’s likely the ride will have sold out before that, so enter soon to be sure of a place. More details on the Riding page.
After dinner tickets (9.30-2am), to include the auction, dancing to the fabulous Dark Blues and breakfast are now available by post or PayPal from the Events page.
The Hunting Exchange gave twelve Pony Club members, from the UK, Ireland and the US, a couple of weeks of hunting and horse-related visits. The Kimblewick played a major part in this year’s Exchange, providing two days’ hunting, bed and board for some of the PC members, a visit to the racing yard at Woodway Farm and most importantly a night out at the Kimblewick Hunt Pantomime...
There’s a full report on the Pony Club website.
Early bird discount extended to the end of the week
Ticket prices go up from Monday February 18th - buy this weekend to get the earlybird discount...
The Kimblewick Hunt Ball is due to be held on the March 9th, at Kingston House, Kingston Blount by kind permission of Mrs Angela Murray and Mr Harry Sheppard. We are very grateful to be back at this wonderful location, which will bring back some great memories of previous Hunt Balls held here, and we can assure you of real heating this time round as we’re in a marquee rather than a draughty tithe barn! Make a real day of it by attending the point to point held at Kingston Blount racecourse during the day, followed by the Ball in the evening. For full details and how to buy tickets please see the Events page, and note that there is a price rise from February 18th, so get in early.
With new spring season Boden, Johnnie B and Mini Boden clothes to see and try on, January 26th from 12pm. See the Events page for more.
If you have reserved tickets for purchase by PayPal already, please pay for them as soon as possible via the Events page. If you missed out but would like to see the pantomime, please contact Emma Jackson, email@example.com - if there is enough demand, we may be able to stage another performance. We are unable to stage a second night of the pantomime, our apologies to those on the waiting list.
Tickets are now available for the Hunt pantomime on February 1st. Insights into the true characters of our Masters are promised, so a night not to be missed! See the Events page for more details and to order tickets online.
Many thanks to Greg Knight for the picture of intrepid Christmas Eve swimmers at the top of this page. There are more of Greg’s pictures from Christmas Eve at www.ruralshots.com, well worth a look as always.
Thank you to everyone who has bought a Hunt calendar this year. They have been really popular again and, after today’s meet at Thame, we have just 7 none left. Apologies to anyone who missed out, but the 2013 calendar has now sold out.
After roaring trade on Boxing Day, we have literally just a handful of calendars left - if you want to be sure of getting one, don’t wait until New Year’s day, head over to the Shop page now.
Entries are now open for our first sponsored ride of the year, at RAF Halton on March 17th. With fifty high quality cross country jumps (including an aeroplane) on a course that’s only ridden once a year, this ride is very popular, so book early if you want to ride at a particular time. See the Ride’s website for full details and entries by post or PayPal: www.haltonride.org.uk.
The traditional Boxing Day meet will take place as usual on Cholesbury Common. We depend on the goodwill of the people of Hawridge and Cholesbury, so please adhere to the directions and parking arrangements on the Boxing Day page.
The Hunt pantomime will take place on the 1st of February at Wendover Memorial Hall. There’s a meeting at Marsh Hill Farm on Tuesday 4th December at 8pm for the budding actors and actresses who want to take part. Please let Emma in the Hunt office know if you’ll be attending the meeting (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we have an idea of numbers.
News of Audrey Laing’s death has brought back many memories of her and her late husband, Alastair, who was a very distinguished Secretary and Chairman of our Hunt. Audrey came from a generation, diminishing in number, who served in the Second World War and while nursing in the Far East met Alastair. Lower Wood End was the centre of their lives.
Alastair’s hunting with the South Oxfordshire and the Old Berkeley meant that he was ideally placed to help forge the success of the 1970 amalgamation. Audrey played her part mainly behind the scenes, but her support for the hunt was ever constant. Her beagling days had given her a key interest in hounds. Alastair and Audrey were well respected pillars of their local community and it was no surprise that as an exemplary Area Manager Alastair ensured all the local country was open to hounds. Meets at Lower Wood End meant hospitality of the proper order.
Audrey’s generosity extended to encouraging Alastair to devote so much of his time to the well being of our hunt. Her skills in the garden, on the tennis court and painting canvas were renowned. Those who were privileged to know Audrey will appreciate that she was a force for good in whatever field it was she devoted her considerable abilities toward and her great sense of humour was always to the fore.
Lord Gardiner of Kimble
George Schneiders will be remembered by many in our area for his long and devoted service to the point to point at Kimble. He served on the Point to Point Committee for over 40 years and it was in recognition of his commitment that following his retirement as Chairman of the Kimble Committee he was made an Honorary Life Member of the Hunt. He richly deserved this accolade and it was my privilege as Hunt Chairman then to make a presentation to him. Looking back through my archive I see George’s name in the annals of the Old Berkeley and Vale of Aylesbury hunts over six decades.
In marrying Gill, he joined an Old Berkeley hunting family. His mother in law Nora Howe was formidable in Pony Club circles. Before moving to Marsh Gibbon latterly, George and Gill, Hugh, Dominic and Jessica lived at Ley Hill for many years and its surrounding area was hugely popular for hunting in the Central Hills. He was a subscriber representative on the Old Berkeley Hunt Committee and at the heart of hunt affairs, working hard for all he held dear.
George’s approach to everyone was one of courtesy and geniality. He was generous, a regular sponsor at Kimble, and always added a high sartorial presence to the many hunt events he attended. His enthusiasm for the point to point was exceptional. He was very conscious that everyone was a volunteer and encouraged all to get involved. It was with the greatest of pleasure that George and Gill were welcomed to the centenary celebrations at Kimble this Easter Saturday, for there would be but few who have done more over such an extraordinary length of time.
Lord Gardiner of Kimble
Tickets are now available for the Hunt’s Christmas lunch on Sunday December 9th at Waldridge Manor, by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Mark Barlow. Full details and tickets by PayPal are on the Events page.
We are currently faced with a number of planning applications that could adversely impact on our sport around the Central Vale country, so I would like everyone interested in preserving their hunt country to familiarise themselves with the issues at hand - and, if you feel strongly about them, I would encourage you to make your views known quickly to the relevant planning authorities.
In particular, we are concerned that the two major proposed developments, the HS2 railway and the 101-metre high wind turbine at Ford, may not only be detrimental to the hunting community but to anyone who lives in or uses this unique area of our countryside for recreational purposes. Although each development must always be considered on its individual merits and consequential effects, it is hard to see how either of these two proposals will benefit the immediate area. I urge you to consider the proposals, decide for yourselves and, if appropriate, make your views known to the planning authorities, even if you do not live nearby.
HS2 will affect our hunting, and our supporters in the areas around Hyde Heath, Wendover Dean, The Lee, Wendover and Hale Woods, Bishopstone, Hartwell and Eythrop. The Ford wind turbine will seriously affect our hunting and our supporters in that section of the Central Vale and our showpiece meets at Waldridge Manor.
The names and address of the planning offices and other web sites for fuller information are listed below.
The next issue that we will undoubtedly have to respond to is Ash Dieback Disease which, had people been as proactive as we are hoping you will be on the planning issues, might have been stopped some years ago before it had developed to an extent that may spoil the countryside. Ash trees form a very important part of the Central Vale as well as other parts of our Hunt country. The Hunt will follow best practice when dealing with this outbreak.
Stop HS2 contacts:
Stop HS2, 129 Warwick Rd, Kenilworth, CV8 1HY - helpline number 01926 850039
Please also contact your MP - details of how are at:
Wind turbine contacts:
Mr B Nicholson
Area Planning Officer
Aylesbury Vale District Council
66 High Street
To contact Aylesbury Vale District Council Planning Office please visit
If you live in Aylesbury Vale DC you may also wish to contact your local Councillor.
Ash Dieback Disease:
Two very different but equally valuable events were put on by Hunt supporters on 21st October 2012:
Ufton Court Sponsored Ride
216 people went round our new sponsored ride at Ufton Court. It was a wonderful start for this event organised by Andy O’Regan and Mark Vincent. The weather was kind to us and everyone had a fantastic time going round the new Ride which takes in some beautiful countryside not usually open to the public. Many thanks to them, our hosts at Ufton Court and all the helpers for working so hard to get a completely new sponsored ride off the ground.
Hunt Memorabilia lunch
This lunch was held at Burrow Farm, Hambleden on the same day. Organised by Wendy Shuttleworth - with the able help of John Sumner, Marion Bowden and others - and expertly catered for by Jane Stevens, this was a complete sell-out with nearly one hundred people sitting down to have lunch. The setting of the Palmers’ ancient barn was truly spectacular and lots of people came forward to share their hunting memorabilia. Very many thanks are due to our hosts, Major and Mrs David Palmer, and to everyone who helped make it such a success.
Featuring original artwork by Oliver Harbour, the 2012 Hunt Christmas cards are now available. See the Shop page for more detals and to purchase.
The 2013 Hunt calendar is now available. In the same large format as always, covering thirteen months, and with beautiful photographs throughout. We’ve held the price at £10 (plus P&P) for another year, and all profits go to the Hunt, so please head over to the Shop page to start your Christmas shopping. The calendar will also be on sale at selected meets and Hunt events.
On Wednesday 26th September, Pedro Macdonald (bowels a speciality), Matt Bartlett, an orthopaedic surgeon, and Bob Baskerville, our renowned equine veterinary surgeon, gave an enthralling presentation on injuries to horse and rider. Fortified by wine and cheese, a robust and intrepid group of riders heard about the causes and results of a variety of injuries. I hope everyone had paid their annual subs before hearing what could befall them!
Slides on falls, plus bits of a horse’s leg proudly handled by Bob, made the evening both informative and entertaining. Clearly with the number of hands raised to enquire about incidents to horse and rider, Bob, Matt and Pedro have not been, nor probably will be, short of work.
We are very lucky to have within the Kimblewick’s hunt country not only a superb hospital at Stoke Mandeville (‘Your usual room, sir?’), but also a knowledgeable and exceptionally talented trio of presenters to look after us.
Perhaps we can have another presentation from Pedro and his crack team in the future? There must be a lot more that these clever chaps can tell us...
This beautiful ride takes place in just two weeks’ time, on Sunday 7th October. It’s a truly wonderful course through much private land, the jumps (all optional) are looking great, the going is good thanks to the recent rain: if you haven’t entered yet, don’t miss out.
See www.sosr.org.uk for more details and entries.
Once again this friendly event delivered a great day’s entertainment, thanks to the organisational skills of Andy and Val Sceats, the excellent course provided by Jef Bell and Linda Rogers, the sterling work of many volunteers and the sustenance provided by the Kimblewick Kitchen.
Results will be posted here when they’re available and photographs from all classes are available from www.rsphotographics.com.
At Primrosehill Farm, Gawcott, near Buckingham, start 10am
With the sad loss of the Silver Fox Challenge this year, the Bicester Hunt with Whaddon Chase (the last winners of the Silver Fox) has decided to run an alternative competition for those who have trained and competed all year in various relay events across the country. The course builder will be Andrew Clarke who builds the course for the team chase at Newton Morrell.
The Kimblewick Hunt has three teams in this competition. It will be a fun and entertaining day for competitors and spectators alike so please put the date in your diaries and come and support our Kimblewick teams.
New Master Gerald Sumner ably assisted by Edward Shere showed our hounds today at the Honiton hound show.
Against good competition we won 1st prize with our unentered couple of dog hounds, came 2nd in the stallion hound class, 2nd in unentered couple of bitches, 3rd with the entered couple of bitches, 3rd in the two couple of bitches, and ended the day with another 1st, this time in the brood bitch class.
A very long drive but well worth it.
Sadly we’ve been unable to reserve a new date for this year’s ride at Stratfield Saye itself, but we’ve been able to arrange an alternative venue at Ufton Court on October 21st. The ten mile ride is through beautiful woodland and adjoining farmland, with optional jumps to suit all abilities. All entries to the Stratfield Saye ride will of course be honoured and for those who didn’t enter the original ride, entries for the Ufton Court ride are available now.
See the Riding page for more information.
On Tuesday 28th August there will be a mounted hound exercise, with BBQ to follow, open to all Pony Club members. It will be held in the Old Berkeley PC area with the location to be confirmed closer to the date due to the late harvest. Attendees should contact their DC or hunting rep to be allocated an escort. More details to follow.
Shire Lane Update. It seems we have printed an incorrect contact number in our schedules for one of our key sponsors, Pednor Rugs. The correct phone number is 01494 784040.
Do you remember the Hunt lunches the SOHC hosted a few years ago by kind permission of Major and Mrs David Palmer? They were extremely popular and always very well attended. Well, this is good news: Wendy Shuttleworth has persuaded the Palmers to host another Hunt lunch at Burrow Farm on Sunday 21st October, in the style of the old lunches but with a new theme of ‘hunting memorabilia’. This will be a wonderful chance to get together with old and not-so-old friends in one of the most beautiful settings in our Hunt country.
Wendy will have a huge range of backlist Hunt magazines from across the years on sale along with other hunting memorabilia and she asks you to get in touch with her if you have anything you’d like to bring along to add to the display.
See the Events page for tickets.
Entries are now open for both these fantastic events. Each takes place on private land that is rarely open to ride and they offer excellent opportunities to get yourself and your horse fit for the new hunting season.
See the Riding page for more information on both.
If you’re not riding, but could spare some time to help with jump judging, stewarding or other stuff, please get in touch - many hands make light work. For Shire Lane, please email email@example.com, for the South Oxfordshire ride please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re very sad to announce that the Stratfield Saye Sponsored Ride has been postponed due to the excessive rain in the last week. To preserve the ground, the Ride has to be moved to August or September. More details to follow as we have them.
I am chuffed to tell you that the Kimblewick Junior team B did great things at the Inter Hunt Relay competition at Barbury Horse Trials yesterday. They not only beat the Bicester, poor Bicester, but were 2nd overall, out of 14 teams.
The team was Freddie Ryde, Francesca Ryde, Millie Wallis and (stepping in at the last minute) Charlotte O'Regan. Watch out Peterborough - here they come!!
Well done too to the Kimblewick Junior team A, Charlotte O'Regan, Alex O'Regan, Lottie and Abi. They all made great efforts and we were proud have them riding for us.
The Kimblewick Senior team went extremely well, getting through to the quarter finals. Very hot teams, and very fast, making the handovers critical, and turns tricky. Thanks to Tina Barber, Amy Burgin, Michaela Ryde and Angela, you were all stars!
We have two fantastic riding events coming up shortly. The Stratfield Saye Sponsored Ride, through the grounds of the Duke of Wellington’s elegant Stratfield Saye House, is on Sunday 15th July. The ride is approximately ten miles with 25-30 optional fences.
A little later, on Sunday 16th September, is Shire Lane Hunter Trials. The trial takes place on a private cross-country course high in the Chilterns which is only used twice a year for competition, and is extremely well cared for. There are pairs, junior and senior novice and open classes, and many cups to be won.
Entries, online and by post, are available for both these great events. See the Riding page for more information and entry forms.
A grain barn transformed as if by magic into a party palace for 350 people!
At Roger Goodchild’s farm on Saturday night Holly Birch, Gerald Sumner, Kess Skinner, Will Dalton and the Kimblewick Events gang created a venue bubbling over with atmosphere where more than 350 people partied the night away ‘til the early or not so early hours of Sunday morning.
Magnificently dressed tables set off the food and drink brought by the party goers, the auction raised an incredible amount for the Hunt from auction lots very generously donated by supporters and the music and fantastic revellers made the evening a real party. Even the most senior attendees enjoyed it all. The event showed the Kimblewick in all its glory - events like this really help the Hunt to grow and prosper.
Great people, great place and a great evening!!
The puppies have been judged and the prizes given, but the upkeep of the hounds is a year round job. You can help by sponsoring a hound - all proceeds go directly to the hounds’ welfare, and as well as the warm glow you’ll receive a mounted print of your hound and invitation to hound exercise and a special sponsors’ breakfast at the Kennels. Please be generous!
It was a little wet under foot, but the Great British public wasn’t daunted by the Great British weather. Amongst other highlights (egg throwing, for example), the Kimblewick dream team (Dave Berry, Norm, Mark Vincent, Jason Green, Ed Mason, Tina Barber and Freddie Ryde) won the Inter Hunt Challenge once again. The jump building boys worked with precision to nail the rails, they all jumped the jumps like the well honed athletes they aspire to be, the riders and horses were like National runners, and the super fast dismantling was a sight to see.
The (strong) wind kept the rain away for this afternoon’s Puppy Show at the Kennels, and a few brave souls even turned out in summer dresses. The new entry showed well, and judges Mrs H Tylor and Mr W Goffe had nothing but praise for the hard work done by the staff at the Kennels and by our puppy walkers.
Emma Jackson’s puppies swept the board, so much so that Master Kes Skinner had to help Emma carry off the silverware (above left). Other winners were the Howard-Jones family (centre), John North, who took the Tumblers Club trophy (above right), and Pete Buswell, a well-deserved Supporter of the Year.
We’re looking for great hunting or Hunt-related photographs to use in the 2013 Hunt Calendar, either candid ‘people’ shots for the Fridge Door page or big artistic pictures for the individual months. The Supporters’ Club is also donating a £50 prize for the judges’ favourite photograph, whether used in the Calendar or not. All photographs used will be credited to the photographers.
The rules are simple:
• All photos must be received by July 1st (so check your Picnic Ball photos promptly!)
• Photographs must be of or related to the Kimblewick Hunt and have been taken in the last twelve months
• Digital photos only, please do not post us prints
• Photographs can only be used in the Hunt Calendar if they are of sufficient technical as well as artistic quality
• By submitting a photograph you consent to its use free of charge on this website and in the Calendar, sales of which benefit the Hunt
• The judges’ decision regarding prizes and inclusion in the Calendar is final
Please email your photographs by July 1st to:
Susie Bell, email@example.com
Well done to the Kimblewick team who won the Inter Hunt Challenge at Waddesdon YFC Show.
The guys beat off competition from the Bicester (out in the first heat!), then ran against the Old Berkeley Beagles (winners of the 2nd heat) in the Final. The OB Beagle team stood in at the last minute, and gave the Kimblewick a run for their money, but the best team won!
The fence builders were Nigel Glenister, Paul Roads, Chris Mardles (2nd Whip) and Jason, partner of Tina Barber. Ed Mason ran with the terrier - wow, can that boy jump! - and the riders were Tina Barber and Francesca Ryde. The horses were very cool despite the shouting, screaming and cheering, not to mention the slippery and hard ground. Gerald Sumner was the commentator and kept the excitement going throughout.
A great result for the Kimblewick Hunt. The next Inter Hunt Challenge round is at the Kimblewick Fair on 24th June.
We have a team competing in the Inter Hunt Challenge so we look forward to your support - loads of cheering to help the nails go in!
The competition is to build two jumps from scratch, terrierman and dog jump the jumps, two riders and horses jump the jumps, then the jumps are dismantled and return to start - all against the clock!
See you on Saturday. The start of the competition is 1.30 and it’s a fun day out with something for everyone.
Now a regular feature of the local showing calendar, yesterday’s Haddenham Spring horse show was blessed with dry weather and had a great turnout, building on the success of previous years. Our thanks to the organising team for their hard work, and to everyone who helped on the day. Photographs from all five rings will be available shortly at www.evespics.co.uk.
Tickets are now available for this year’s Picnic Ball on June 30th at Standalls Farm, Bishopstone. Last year’s Ball was a complete sell-out and a great night was had by all, so book early to avoid disappointment. See the Events page for details and tickets.
Despite the recent rain, tomorrow’s horse show at Bradmoor Buildings, Haddenham, is going ahead, and the weather forecast is dry. It’s a lovely family show, so please do come along.
There are two point-to-points left at the lovely Kingston Blount course this season: Saturday May 12th and Sunday June 3rd.
The Kimblewick Hunt Supporters’ Club will be providing a bar and hog roast on May 12th and would be delighted to see and feed you - come along, have some fun watching the racing and support the Hunt all at the same time!
We received this note from the organisers of Badminton Horse Trials this morning:
EVENT SADLY CANCELLED
The recent exceptional rainfall has left the ground at Badminton totally waterlogged and partially flooded. Further rain is due this week leaving no chance of the ground drying out. Very sadly therefore the 2012 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials has been cancelled.
Purchasers of advance tickets, exhibitors, Sponsors and riders will of course be refunded as soon as is practical.
The AGM took place on Friday 27th April in The Long Room at Englefield House. Click here to download a PDF of Hunt Chairman Alan Jackson’s speech.
English furniture designer Matthew Hilton has launched a new range of elegant Windsor-style chairs, including the Kimble, the Ibstone and the Hastoe. I’m sure the names are total coincidence, but if we had any Hunt country near Burnham we’d have the full set.
The AGM will take place on Friday 27th April at 7.30pm in The Long Room, Englefield House, RG7 5EN.
The following are eligible to attend and vote at the AGM: fully paid-up subscribers and members of the Hunt, those Farmers and Landowners who permit legal hound activity to take place on their land, current puppy walkers and Honorary Life Members.
The Committee looks forward to seeing you there.
Michael Rogers and Yvonne Parkinson were snapping away at Kimble on Saturday. Michael’s photos can be seen at www.mdr-photo.co.uk and I’m sure Yvonne’s will be up very shortly at www.evespics.co.uk, where there are also some pictures up from Kingston Blount.
Will Parker, the Hunt’s second whip, is having his leaving party on Wednesday 18th April at the Harrow pub in Bishopstone from 8pm. He would love to see lots of people there to send him off to his next job so please do turn up and enjoy a great evening!
It was standing room only last night despite the bigger venue this year, and we were treated to another set of great acts. There was poetry, magic, stand up comedy, music, “historical re-enactment” featuring ripped gym-bunny Dave Berry, Christian Schwetz wearing a collander, and even a pair of giant cocks...
A huge thank you to the performers, judges, organisers and all the helpers, and to the fantastic audience - together you made it a great night.
If you missed it, you missed out.
The largest sporting event in the Aylesbury Vale is 100 this year.
The Kimble Races have been held every Easter Saturday since 1912 at Great Kimble. Around fifteen thousand people attend to see the seven races, picnic, visit the trade stands, bars and food stalls or place a bet at one of the many bookies or the Tote.
A good day out for the whole family from noon, first race 1.30pm.
Tickets are now available for The Hunt’s Got Talent! on Friday March 16th in Wendover Memorial Hall. Last year’s event was a complete sell-out and a truly fantastic night with something to entertain everyone, so you’ll want to get in quick to be sure of tickets this year. See the Events page for details and tickets.
“On behalf of all those who attended the first Kimblewick Hunt Ball at Ipsden last night, a huge thank you to Gerald and his team for organising such a terrific event. The venue, kindly lent to us by the Ipsden Estate, which we all would agree looked quite spectacular, has not been used for such an event since the Millenium and required a lot of work before the day by lots of Hunt volunteers led by the indefatigable Gerald Sumner.
“Despite professional installation of the heating it clearly was insufficient -however as usual hunting people turned adversity into amusement! The Dark Blues were as good as ever and both the band and the DJ had the dance floor and surrounds full for hours.
“Thank you to everyone who supported the event which we hoped raised considerable funds for the hunt and we look forward to next year.
“An especial thank you to Mr and Mrs Miller and to Mrs Knowles of the Ipsden Estate for being so kind and letting us use their wonderful barn.”
The Tithe Barn is just off the A4074 Wallingford to Reading road. There will be signs for the Ball (look for signs marked ‘KH’). If you’re approaching from Wallingford, pass the first turning signposted ‘Ipsden and Well Barn’ and take the next turning, signposted ‘Ipsden only’. Approaching from Woodcote or Reading, take the first turning on the right for Ipsden. The Barn is on your left after about 200 metres.
With some recounting and replanning the Hunt Ball committee have managed to release a further three tables’ worth of tickets. These are first come first served: if you want to be at the hottest social event of the Hunt season, please contact Will Dalton (firstname.lastname@example.org) for payment details, PayPal or cheque.
Some tickets have been reserved but not yet paid for. If those reserved tickets aren’t paid for by the closing date of 18th February, they’ll be offered for sale as ‘returns’ on February 19th.
If you’d like to register interest for returned tickets, please contact Will Dalton at email@example.com.
On the other hand, if you’ve reserved tickets but not yet paid, remember that the ticket price goes up on February 15th, and contact Will (firstname.lastname@example.org) for payment details, PayPal or cheque.
Raising money in support of Help for Heroes, the charity Horses Help Heroes are auctioning pairs of tickets to each of the three dates on Monty Roberts’ forthcoming ‘From my Hands to Yours’ tour, which includes a visit to Bury Farm in our Hunt country. See the Horses Help Heroes’ Facebook page for full details, but act swiftly as the Bury Farm date is this coming Saturday, 11th February, and the auction closes three days before.
Photographer to Chenies Manor Keith Hoffmeister was on hand to take some pictures at the recent lawn meet at the historic manor. You can see the complete set in Keith’s Flickr stream.
As you may know, the Hunt Committee has asked me to return as Hunt Chairman following Simon Hope’s retirement. I do so conscious of my responsibility to the Hunt and I shall do my utmost to advance the reputation and well being of our Hunt.
May I therefore record with appreciation all that Simon and Mags Hope have done. They and their family are much valued members and supporters of the Hunt and we all look forward to seeing them hunting with the Kimblewick hounds. I am, from my own experience, fully aware of the many demands placed on a Hunt Chairman. I therefore much regret that Simon’s many responsibilities in his business career have meant that he has stepped down. We all take on these roles willingly as volunteers but they undoubtedly take up a great deal of time.
My task now is to continue to serve the Hunt as best I can; working with the many supporters across our large country and encouraging the next generation. I would warmly welcome your continued encouragement and support.
Michael also took some lovely pictures at Saturday’s meet at Marsh, again available on his website www.mdr-photo.co.uk.
Professional equine photographer Michael Rogers, seen working behind a camera at many Hunt events (the RAF Halton and South Oxfordshire sponsored rides, for instance) was out for pleasure with the Kimblewick at Cholesbury on Boxing Day and Wendover on Saturday. Photos from both days can be seen on Michael’s website www.mdr-photo.co.uk.
The 2012 calendar has now sold out - our thanks to everyone who bought one: every purchase supports the Hunt.
Dust off your dancing shoes and keep February 25th free in your diary. The social highlight of the Hunt season will include a champagne reception, four course dinner, four bottles of wine per table, two live sets by the fabulous Dark Blues band, breakfast at 1am and dancing until 2am. Maybe wise to keep the morning of the 26th free as well...
Discounts for early booking and Supporters’ Club members. See the Events page for tickets and full details.
The Masters of Foxhounds Association have circulated updated versions of The Case for Repeal and the Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management’s paper Hunting, Wildlife Management and the Moral Issue.
The date for the 2012 sponsored ride at RAF Halton has been confirmed as Sunday 25th March. There will be new jumps this year, and significant new prizes, both for individuals and for Pony Clubs entering teams. More information, entry forms and online entry are now available from the Ride’s website, www.haltonride.org.uk. See the site’s News page for details of the new prizes.
Last night’s hunt fashion show was a barnstorming sell-out success. A massive thank you to Nyree Fitzgerald for pulling the whole thing together, to all the models, to Jilly Johnson and Nina Carter for styling and choreographing, to the stallholders for lending their wares, to the team of cooks and to everyone else who made the evening such a success.
If you missed out, or just want to see Will Dalton in those ‘Lover Boy’ boxer shorts again relive some of the magic moments, photographer Christian Schwetz of www.4legsgood.biz did the paparazzi thing and there are photos online here - not for the faint of heart!
There are only 36 shopping days left (and only 6 if you work full time)...
If you’re stuck for present ideas, the Hunt Fashion Show could be just what you need: big brand countrywear and familiar Hunt faces on the catwalk styled by former supermodels Jilly Johnson and Nina Carter.
Clothing from Barbour, Toggi, Joules, Musto, Timothy Foxx and others will be modelled by Ed Shere, Will Dalton, Emily Harbour, Chloe and Emma Jackson and more. Side stalls will feature jewellery and accessories, shoes and hunting wear galore, and everyone gets a free glass of bubbly and home-made supper. See the Events page for tickets and more details.
If you can’t make it to the show on Friday 18th November, you could head over to the Shop page and bag a Hunt calendar or two - perfect stocking fillers.
There was a huge turnout for the half-term meet at Hundridge Manor, with a lot of jumping amid the rolling countryside on a beautiful day. The Kimblewick Events barbecue did swift business afterwards and Yvonne Parkinson was on hand to catch the meet and some of the jumping action. Click here to see Yvonne’s photos, and here for some pictures by John Bell.
The Kimblewick Events team have given us a few more details of tomorrow’s party: most importantly, given the change in the weather, the barn will be heated. The Kimblewick Kitchen will be serving up some delicious pork joints as well as their usual tasty BBQ food, so get there early (we’re told the music will be toned down during the early part of the evening for the talkers and eaters, and turned up later for the dancers). Finally, the money raised will be going towards buying a new hunt horse, so please do come along and support this event. Details and tickets from the Events page.
The turnout for the afternoon meet at Marsh Hill last weekend was astonishing - perhaps the promise of a Kimblewick Events barbecue had something to do with it. Yvonne Parkinson has some pictures from the day over at www.evespics.co.uk
The Kimblewick Events team have confirmed they will be hosting this year’s pre season party on October 22nd in the same Marsh Hill barn as last year’s party which was a runaway success, so expect more of the same! See the Events page for details and tickets.
The Hunt had three teams in the Silver Fox Challenge at Hambleden today who all represented us very well. Our Kimblewick Blue team was pipped by just 25 seconds in the semi-final to finish a very creditable third out of thirty six, winning £500 for the Hunt.
Congratulations to Jane Adderley, who also had the fastest round in the semi-final, Thomasina Quesnel, Lucy Quesnel and Gaby Hill for giving the many supporters there such an exciting day.
Entries are coming in fast for this lovely ride at Brightwell Park near Watlington and the closing date for entries is coming up (Wednesday 28th September), so don’t delay if you would like to take part.
It’s a great ride through some of the finest Oxfordshire countryside - most of it private land - with 60 optional cross country and hunting-type fences spaced throughout the ride.
Just in case some of you (or your horses!) remember the nearby pigs from last year, we can assure you that they have been moved this year and will not be a problem.
You can read all about the ride, and enter online via PayPal or credit card, on the ride’s own website www.sosr.org.uk, or you can e-mail or phone the Secretary, Annette Sumner, for a paper entry form: 01494 677636 or email@example.com
Today’s Hunter Trials were blessed with good weather and a good turnout, especially for the Open class with entries up threefold on last year.
Click here for results.
Advance entries have now closed, but entries will be accepted on the day providing classes are not full. See the Shire Lane page for more details of the Hunter Trials.
Click here to download start times for class 1.
More brands have been confirmed for the fashion show: as well as clothes from Timothy Foxx and the Oxford Gun Company (stockists of Aigle, Musto, and Le Chameau amongst others), there’ll be country wear from Barbour, Toggi, Joules and Hunter and side stalls with accessories, belts, bags etc.
Top brand clothes, rumours of Hunt staff on the catwalk, a glass of bubbly and a hot meal - November 18th is going to be a cracking night. See the Events page for details and bookings.
The 2012 calendar is now available. The Supporters’ Club will be selling it at shows and events and there should be some for sale at most meets when we get started autumn hunting. You can also buy online by credit card or PayPal from the Shop page.
It’s in the same large format as before, running December 2011 to December 2012 and featuring lovely photographs kindly donated by Yvonne Parkinson, Greg Knight, Andy Brown and John Bell. Best of all, the price has been held for the fourth year running. See the Shop page for more details.
There are a bunch of socials coming up: the Kimblewick vs Prince of Wales cricket match at Marsh on Sunday 7th August, a two courses for £12 get together at the Bell Inn at Bovingdon on Thursday 18th August, courtesy of the Ward family, and a country barbecue with jazz band at Meadle on Sunday 4th September, courtesy of the Old Berkeley Beagles. See the Events page for more details.
Jane Vowles MFH has organised a hound exercise for Pony Club members on 25th August at 10am, meeting at Bellingdon End Farm by kind permission of Jonathan Boldero. If you would like to come, please get in touch with your Pony Club District Commissioner or your Pony Club hunting rep who will arrange escorts.
Dress is as for a Pony Club rally and you don’t need to plait. There will be a barbecue after the exercise at £5 per head. The exercise will take about 1.5 hours and parking is at the meet. This is the perfect opportunity for any child and his or her pony to meet the huntsman and hounds in a controlled setting.
Saturday’s bicycle hound exercise will now take place at 10am rather than 3pm. Other details remain the same.
Limited edition prints of the new Kimblewick Hunt map, beautifully painted by Oliver Harbour, are now available to buy from the Shop page. The picture at the head of the Shop page doesn’t do it justice: seen large, it’s a thing of some beauty.
Subscription rates for 2011 and a standing order mandate form are now available from the Hunting page. Note that if you intend to pay your sub by standing order, we must receive your form before 31st August.
Early details are emerging of November’s Hunt fashion show, and it’s already looking certain to be a great show, with the runway featuring ‘exceptionally eccentric’ tweeds from Timothy Foxx and clothes from the Oxford Gun Company (stockists of Aigle, Musto, Toggi, and Le Chameau amongst others), with more names to follow. There will also be side stalls with accessories, belts, bags etc.
Frankly, get tickets while you still can: see the Events page for details and bookings.
The Masters would like to invite all supporters to join us on hound exercise, meeting at 3pm on Saturday August 6th from the kennels, HP17 8TA.
We will be following on bicycles (nothing too dramatic) so please bring yours. Children very welcome. Parking available.
There will be food and drink afterwards at the stables for a £5 per head contribution to Hunt funds.
Over 300 riders took part in yesterday’s sponsored ride despite exceedingly changeable weather (to put it mildly). The day was a great success thanks to the hardworking team of volunteers from across the Hunt country.
Thank you to everyone who helped, led by Andy O’Regan and Mark Vincent, and especially to our hosts at the Stratfield Saye estate who gave us a magnificent setting for this popular ride.
Photographs from the day are available now from www.evespics.co.uk.
If you enjoyed the Stratfield Saye ride as a long ride in beautiful countryside with some optional cross country jumps, check out the South Oxfordshire Sponsored Ride in October. Or, if you enjoyed the jumps and want to take your cross country a step further, Shire Lane Hunter Trials in September may be just the thing. See the Riding page for details of both.
Online entry is now available for this year’s sponsored ride at Cuxham on October 2nd. See the Ride’s website for full details and to enter online: www.sosr.org.uk.
Entries are closing soon! All advance entries must be received by midnight Friday 15th July, see the Stratfield Saye Sponsored Ride page for more details and to enter. Entry will be available on the day for £15 plus the minimum sponsorship.
We’re also looking for extra helpers on the day: if you can spare a couple of hours, please get in touch with the Secretary Andy O’Regan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0118 983 3725 or 07788 587110.
Entry forms and online entry (with substantial discounts for KHSC members) are now available for the Hunter Trials in Cholesbury in September. See the Shire Lane page for more details.
Make a date in your diary for Friday November 18th. The Kimblewick Hunt Fashion Show is coming to Haddenham village hall, and we’re promised some famous faces on the catwalk! More details on the Events page, and discounted tickets for KHSC members.
The Kimblewick hounds showed well at the Welsh Hound Show last week. Gerald Sumner assisted by Ed Shere got us into the ribbons all day against some very good competition, getting second entered dog and winning the best entered bitch at the end of the day with Nickel.
• 2nd Couple unentered dogs: Rector and Rambler
• 3rd Couple entered dogs: Busby and Buckshot
• 2nd Entered dog: Nelson
• 4th Two couple dogs: Nelson and Nomad, Noble and Norwich
• 2nd Unentered bitch: Fergy
• 3rd Unentered couple bitches: Frolic and Fable
• 1st Entered bitch: Nickel
A big thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make the Fair and terrier and lurcher show a success today: a full car park and lots of good feedback bode well for next year.
Official photos of the terrier and lurcher show, and terrier racing, were taken by Greg Knight and will be online now at www.ruralshots.com. There are also pictures at Yvonne Parkinson’s www.evespics.co.uk, Norman Leftly’s Flickr page and my site. Many of these will be incorporated into the www.kimblewickfair.com website in time for next year’s Fair.
There was a fascinating article in the weekend FT recently about the Ootacamund ‘Ooty’ Hunt in India, the last surviving Hunt in the subcontinent, and there’s a slide show of pictures online at www.ft.com/ootyhunt: you have to register, but it’s free and worth a look.
Congratulations to our inter-hunt relay jumping team of Douglas Wighton, Thomasina and Lucy Quesnel and John North who beat the Farmers Bloodhounds in the final at the Bucks Young Farmers Country Show at Preston Bissett at the weeekend.
More details of September’s Shire Lane Hunter Trials, including some changes to classes for this year, have just been posted. You can find out more from the Riding page.
Photographer Michael Rogers, who shoots for Ultimate Images the official photographers at the RAF Halton sponsored ride, has posted some lovely pictures from the Easter Saturday Kimble races, many from fences we don’t often see photographed. Well worth a look at Michael’s MDR Photo website.
Sunday’s horse show was very well attended, with entries significantly up on last year, but maintained its friendly charm. Photos from many classes at the show are available now from www.evespics.co.uk. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery go to Yvonne who couldn’t be at the show herself.
Supporters’ Club membership runs May to May, so is now due for renewal. Renewal forms will be sent out with the forthcoming newsletter, or you can beat the rush and renew online by PayPal or download a renewal form from the KHSC page.
Saturday’s point-to-point at Kimble was sweltering with what looked like a near capacity crowd. Entries were down, but despite weeks without rain the going was good thanks to very thorough watering in preparation for the day. The Kimblewick Events bar and hog roast were mobbed all day, and the Supporters’ Club stand stood out from miles around thanks to a pair of shiny new flags for the first public showing of the new Club logo.
Roll on the next Kimblewick Hunt point-to-point at Kingston Blount on the 7th May, first race 2pm.
The senior prizewinners at this year’s Sponsored Ride at RAF Halton, Hannah de Monti and Sarah Fuller, have decided to try and raise even more money for our chosen charities (they’ve already raised £1040!). The pair are auctioning their prize, an owner’s level car pass (which gives free entry for the driver and passengers, plus privileged parking) to the point-to-point races at Kimble racecourse on Easter Saturday (or to one of the point-to-points at Kingston Blount in May if you are away for Easter), plus a complimentary luncheon hamper.
If you are interested in bidding for this prize and boosting their fundraising efforts, please visit www.fullsupporthealthcare.com/auction and participate in the blind auction. We hope you will take this opportunity to join in!
Last night’s sold out Farmers’ Ball at the Oxfordshire Golf Club was an end to end success, from drinks on the terrace as the sun set to the great band who left the crowd on the dancefloor begging for more when the curfew arrived. Thank you to Di Wynn and all of her team for organising the night. If you were there and you enjoyed it, or if you missed out on tickets for last night, the Picnic Ball at the Kennels is coming up fast, and tickets are on sale now - see the Events page for more details.
If you don’t fancy our own point-to-point at Kingston Blount, northern area Master Kess Skinner will be racing 10 other Masters (including Polly Portwin from the Bicester with Whaddon Chase) in the seven furlong Race for Repeal at Ascot Countryside Race Day at noon on April 10th. Click here for more information about the race, and to sponsor any of the 11 Masters taking part: money raised goes to the Countryside Alliance’s campaign to repeal the Hunting Act.
The 2011 Ride has now sold out. Entry forms already posted will be honoured, but entry forms postmarked 28th March or later will be returned. Do try again next year if you weren’t lucky this time round.
Tickets have now sold out for this year’s Farmers’ Ball. With the Quiz night and the Hunt’s Got Talent! that’s three sold out social events in a row, and the Vale of Aylelsbury Sponsored Ride at RAF Halton looks certain to sell out before the weekend is through.
Tickets are now available for this year’s Farmers’ Ball at the Oxfordshire Golf Club near Thame. As always, it’ll be a great evening, with drinks from 7.15pm, a three course meal, auction, live band and dancing until 1am. See the Events page for details and to buy tickets online or by cheque.
The Kimblewick Hunt AGM will take place at Haddenham Village Hall, Haddenham, Bucks, HP17 8EE, on Friday 8th April 2011 at 7.30pm
Those entitled to attend AGMs and EGMs are fully paid up subscribers (Subscribers A to I, as published in the current Yellow Book) and members of the Hunt, those Farmers and Landowners who permit legal hound activity to take place on their land, current Puppy Walkers and Honorary Life Members.
Last night’s sold out show in Longwick richly deserved the hype, with performances ranging from the frankly surreal (if you were there, I’m sure I only need say ‘Bill and Ben’ and you’ll know what I mean) and somewhat worrying (see above left) to the sublime. From a cast of thousands many, the audience favourites were Five Girls and a Guitar, Georgina Best and winner Ted Howard-Jones (above right) with a scurrilous sung story of the ferreting life.
Thank you very much to everyone who took part, to the tireless organisers and the many people who helped make the night a success.
Following in the footsteps of the quiz night in Watlington, The Hunt’s Got Talent!, March 5th in Longwick Village Hall, has also completely sold out. It looks like being a great night: our commiserations if you missed out on tickets!
The new Kimblewick Hunt Buttons are now available, in brass and black, large and small, to anyone who has been presented with the Hunt Button by any of the former Hunts. Please contact the relevant Hunt Secretary for details (see Contacts).
The quiz night on Thursday was completely sold out, with Watlington Football Club packed to standing room for the quiz, horn-blowing and holloa-ing. The winning team, including Roger and Sarah Edmunds, bore more than a passing resemblance to the Ever Hopefuls who won the non-hunt competition at last year’s VAHSC organised quiz: there’s some form there. No offence, but it was nice to see the John Brazil Memorial Cup moving away from the Fingest area...
Thank you very much to Andy O’Regan and Mark Vincent and all their helpers for putting on a great night.
From the south of the hunt country, we now have a provisional date for the Stratfield Saye sponsored ride in the summer, and confirmed dates for the Inter Hunt football competition and quiz night and horn-blowing: see the Events page for more details.
Entry forms and online entry are now available for the Vale of Aylesbury Sponsored Ride at RAF Halton (www.haltonride.org.uk) on 3rd April. This ride usually sells out, so get in early!
Note also a change of date and venue for the Hunt’s Got Talent revue, now to be held at Longwick Village Hall on March 5th.
It really does look like the place to be if you want your picture on the web. Having featured in Kevin Milner’s autumn hunting photos (www.kevinmilnercountryside.co.uk) and both my photos and Yvonne Parkinson’s in November, Peppard Common has been ‘papped’ again!
Many of you will be wondering when the next meet card will be issued as the current one runs out on Saturday 8th January. Unfortunately, the long run of extremely bad weather in December not only resulted in the cancellation of several meets but also badly affected all our loyal farmers and landowners, many to the extent that they are now experiencing very difficult times with their livestock and land.
With concern for our farmers’ and landowners’ livelihoods and sympathy for their plight at the forefront of their minds, the Joint Masters have not been able to fix enough meets going forward for the Hunt to issue a new card yet. We ask everyone to bear with us and wait patiently until our farmers and landowners are able to commit to new dates and we assure you that we will issue a new card as soon as possible.
It is certainly an inconvenience for hunters but it is so much more than a mere inconvenience to those whose land we hunt across so we hope you can understand the reasons for the unavoidable delay.
Thank you very much to everyone who came to support us despite the snow and the absence of horses. Below is a message from Jane Vowles, Master for the area.
“Although the weather was a Master’s nightmare, many people still came to the meet to see our hounds, and they were in their element being fussed and admired by the many that surrounded them. Hounds stayed at the meet for over an hour then went on a short exercise with the huntsman on foot before returning home.
The staff chatted and answered endless questions and there was certainly a great deal of interest. Thanks to the huntsman, all the staff and helpers, and everyone who came to Cholesbury for making this another successful Boxing Day meet.”
Jane Vowles, MFH
Yvonne Parkinson (www.evespics.co.uk) has some lovely pictures on her website from both the Boxing Day and Christmas Eve meets.
The Boxing Day meet is at 11.30am Monday 27th December, on Cholesbury Common.
However, please see the message below from Jane Vowles, MFH:
“Having inspected the area, and with no let up from the sub-zero temperatures today, unfortunately the conditions have not improved enough for taking horses, and parking for lorries and trailers is not safe enough either. Please do not bring your horse.
However, we shall be meeting at Cholesbury Common with hounds and look forward to seeing you there for a Boxing Monday drink.
Please remember our hard working Hunt staff at this time - there will be a collection during the Meet.”
The Christmas Eve meet will be on foot due to the lying snow. Parking is limited at the meet, and the depth of snow means it’s only fit for 4x4 vehicles; however, please don’t park on the road outside the main entrance.
There will be a collection for the Hunt Staff Christmas box, so please be generous.
It is with regret that the Terrierman’s Ball has been postponed. Ticket holders may request a refund now, or wait until the new date is announced and request a refund then if necessary.
For PayPal refunds, please e-mail me, email@example.com
Have you got talent??
Do you pine for the big stage??
If so then The Hunt’s Got Talent is the place for you!
To be staged at Benson Parish Hall on 19th February 2011, we’re looking for acts of around 3 minutes to come forward to be judged by a special guest panel, with exciting prizes to be won. We need your inspiration!
If you’d like to take part, or know someone who would, please contact
Gerald Sumner 07730680727, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Holly Birch, 07810793715, email@example.com
Because the 26th falls on a Sunday this year, the traditional Boxing Day meet will take place on Monday 27th December, as usual on Cholesbury Common. More details about parking arrangements will follow.
Peppard Common, west of Henley, looks like being the most photographed corner of our Hunt country this season: prolific countryside and equine photographer Kevin Milner (www.kevinmilnercountryside.co.uk) photographed the Kimblewick autumn hunting from the Common, and both Yvonne Parkinson (www.evespics.co.uk) and I were photographing at this morning’s meet (click here to see a few of my photos). I hope we’ll be able to feature some of Kevin’s photos on this site in the future.
We’ve just added a page to the website about the new Kimblewick Hunt Supporters’ Club, with information about membership, benefits etc. Click KHSC for more.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the date of the 2011 Farmers’ Ball has had to be brought forward to 16th April. See the Events page for more details.
Want to come hunting with us, but don’t have a pony? See the Classifieds page for two hunting ponies looking for riders.
Southern secretary Roger Edmunds has posted some video footage of the Kimblewick field in jumping action at Roundhill. Click here to see the incriminating evidence action on YouTube.
Yvonne Parkinson also has stills from Roundhill, and many other meets, at www.evespics.co.uk.
Details and PayPal booking for the Terrierman’s Ball are now available on the Events page. Last year’s was so popular we had to hire a bigger marquee to cater for the demand, and it still sold out, so get in quickly - early ticket purchases are cheaper, too!
The 2011 Hunt Calendar is now on sale and can be purchased at most meets: just ask around and one of our Committee members should have some in their car. Thanks to the generosity of our printer, we are able to hold the price at just £10 for another year, so it is stupendously good value and would make a great Christmas present. The calendar is also available by mail order, see the new Shop page for details.
Thanks to everyone who came along to the Kimblewick Bash last Friday night at Marsh Hill Farm. Nearly 350 people came and it was a fantastic night which raised a lot of money for the Hunt. It was only made possible with a lot of hard work from Kess Skinner, Gerald Sumner, Holly Birch and Will Dalton (and the loan of a barn from Tim and Kate Mason), so thanks team, you did good! Look out for more events organised by the same crew...
If you’ve never been hunting before, you can come out with the Kimblewick Hunt during Newcomers’ week for only £10 per person!
From Monday 18th October to Sat 23rd October anyone who would like to try hunting for the first time can come to one of our newcomers’ meets for just £10. If you would like someone to look after you on your first time out, we can find someone experienced and friendly who will make sure you enjoy your day - just let the Secretary know in advance.
For days and details, contact the relevant Hunt Secretary (see Contacts).
We look forward to welcoming you!
We’ve just added a Classifieds page for you to advertise large hunting-related items for sale (horses, lorries, that sort of thing). I don’t know how popular this will be: if it becomes difficult for me to maintain, I’ll try a different way of dealing with it, but for now, e-mail details and photos of things you’d like to sell to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll post them on the Classifieds page as quickly as I can.
Yvonne Parkinson’s www.evespics.co.uk site has lots of photos of our Autumn hunting days in the central vale country, and there are a few of my pictures from other days further north listed here. If anyone’s been photographing this season further south, I’d love to post links here, as there’s some fabulous country to be shared: drop me a line at email@example.com.
We’ve just had details of the Kimblewick Bash. Organised by the same team who put on the Kimblewick Fair and its pre-party, this should be a really good night. See the Events page for more details.
The Old Berkeley Hunt bi-centenary luncheon held today raised a substantial amount for our Hunt: thank you to the organisers and everyone who helped make the luncheon such a success. Photographs from the event will be posted on the Old Berkeley Hunt Club website soon.
We are delighted to announce the start of autumn hunting. Please contact one of our Hunt Secretaries for meet details (see the Contacts page).
Following a vote at the Special General Meeting held on 19th August 2010, the Vale of Aylesbury with Garth and South Berks Hunt was formally renamed the Kimblewick Hunt.