Following the outbreak of food and mouth the Blaston Hound Show was started in 2002. After some ground work it became apparent that there was interest out there with some hunts. So with the approval of the senior master of the Fernie, Mr Joe Cowen, in whose country the Show was to take place, we decided to take things further. Then having considered the financial side of things we almost called it a day, but with advice from Mr James Barclay and his first cheque, (we had no money whatsoever), we carried on with the first Show with everything crossed! The enormous encouragement we received since that Show has enabled us to grow and go from strength to strength. The Show is held together by a very loyal group whose sponsorship has been a tremendous.
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A committee of four organises the day and aims to please all Hunt Staff, without whom we would have no Show. Much attention is given to detail, correcting errors etc. We provide lunches for our Judges and refreshments for hunt staff and spectators so donations are very much appreciated. Unusually our judges are always professional huntsmen.
We have been pleased to be able to support various charities, the main one being H.S.B.S, and a total of £5,750.00 has now been donated. The M.F.H.A. recognise the annual event as a bonefide Hound Show and to mention just a few, we have welcomed hunts from Northumberland, Wiltshire, Essex and Shropshire; from North, South, East and West. Blaston Hound Show is held on the last Sunday in June each year and this enables hounds to be shown prior to Peterbrough Hound Show.
Three years ago we had a second ring and started our Old English Section – sponsored by Bailys. This year, 2013, we had 8 packs enter Old English Classes and 14 packs in the Modern Classes with the following results:
Old English Bitch Champion: Lilac – Percy. Reserve: Hasty – North Staffs.
Old English Dog Championship: Corporal – Hurworth. Reserve: Ainwick – Percy.
Modern Bitch Championship: Berry – Grove & Rufford. Reserve: Starfish – Albrighton & Woodland.
Modern Dog Championship: Hamish – Cottesmore. Reserve: Magnum – Grove & Rufford.
These were judges by Mr Sage Thompson, Chiddingfield, Leconfield & Cowdray and Mr David Dukes, Zetland and they agreed that as usual the standard of entries was very high.
We are delighted to have Mr Joe Cowen giving his unique style of commentary throughout the Show and with the help of an interesting selection of hunt related stalls to bring in a good crowd of spectators, we have a great atmosphere.
How lucky we are, over the years, to have our loyal packs showing annually, such as the Fernie – Derek Hopkins; Cottesmore – Neil Coleman; Fitzwilliam – George Adams and Quorn – Peter Collins. We endeavour to have as many retired Huntsmen present as possible which they very much enjoy.
Blaston Hound Show is now an Association, a necessity in these modern times. We run a happy and relaxed show with a good air about it which is a pleasure for all. It is an outdoor show giving a splendid
panoramic view over S.E. Leicestershire, affording shade if needed – a delight for all huntsmen and spectators alike and we will be pleased to see you all there next year.