Early in July it was a real privilege to be invited to judge the East Essex, a pack I have known for a considerable time, but never however, have had the pleasure of judging. This is a hunt which has only just started holding a Puppy Show again after a gap of many years, previously deciding rather than sending puppies out to walk, that any bred would better to be brought up at the kennels. Although some may say there is nothing like a good walk to give them the confidence they need, this never deterred them from breeding some top class hunting hounds and in fairness, finding a goodly number of walkers at that time was not always possible. This however I think, is certainly a very positive move in the right direction, as there are no doubts it helps create a deep and lasting interest in the hounds which are of course the central theme to any hunt, more of which we shall hear about later.
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