Countryman's Day | This Sunday

Countryman’s Day takes place at Balls Cross (by kind permission of Lord Egremont, The Leconfield Estates and Mr Richard Chandler). It’s on Sunday July 26 (signposted at The Stag Inn). Car Park: £5.00  Person on Foot: £5.00 11.00 : Classes start (entry fee of £2.00 per class, payable at the ringside) 12 noon : Dog agility demo, followed by 'Clear Round' agility Gun dog scurry throughout the day; terrier racing will follow all judged classes (£2.00 per entry) side shows, produce stalls, trade stands, tombola, Refreshments. And the ever bitingly-satirical ‘Scarecrow Competition’

Open Show | Thank you

The Events Committee would like to extend a huge thank you to the following for their contribution to last Sunday's successful Open Show

Richard and Elaine Whitcomb for the fabulous showground and their generosity in allowing us to set up the day before

Judges --
Rachael Morley, Gary Keywood, Lucy Denny, Tiffany TasneyBeryl Millam and Jane Weller Stewards -- Karen Dallyn, Natasha Harris, Bev Kent, Sarah MorleyRichard Stubbs, Peter Sherratt, Tina Pendle, David Hayes, Jo Haill Sheila Lillywhite and Naomi Rogerson Assistant Secretary -- Dawn Clark Pole pickers -- David Hayes and Tom Lane Judge refreshers -- Belinda Wilkins Parking -- Barry and Patrick who ensured safe entry and exit to the showground Tim Mardles, John Gough, Tom Lane and David Hayes (and his unfeasibly large horse-box) for help in setting up the previous day.

And not least, the Masters would like to thank, as ever, 
Jo and Storme and James for all their hard work

Once again a wonderful team effort. There have been many emails, texts, calls and facebook messages from appreciative competitors.

The date for our next event our Hunter Trial at Iping is 
Sunday 19th October
Schedule to follow soon, any offers of help would be greatly 
appreciated. This event requires many hands, experienced or first 
timers, we welcome all and full briefing will be given plus support via the radios all day. Please let Storme or Jo know on or

Tumblers Party | Save the Date | September 6

As you can likely tell from the ever-so-slightly risqué ‘flyer’ the Tumblers Party has had a reboot with the events committee, under the auspices of Madame Antonia Camilleri and Master Tim and Treasurer Jane at Flathurst. Antonia, who is from Liss, has a legendary taste for the exotic and the hilarious, both of which we expect to be on full show…Oh la la! It is open to all, so clear the decks and lose all vestige of commonsense and decency on September 6 and note the new venue, Flathurst Stables. To be honest we’ve made the image quite small, because we are not entirely sure what is going on. We have a feeling it may have been taken on the trip to Ireland earlier on this year. Well, you know what it’s like there. A foreign country. They do things differently there. I wonder what exactly they were doing? We can pick out David Hayes and that nice Mrs Hawkins…[They do things differently in Liss too - Ed]. Anyway it is going to be fun for young and old!

Sue and Joe Bird | Photographers par exellence

Sue and Joe Bird’s website is a tremendous resource for all countryside activities not just trail hunting and the CL&C. However, they offer us great support and memories of happy days spent in the field (or in many cases, Angus Walker, Jo Burdett et alia on the field). It’s always worth clicking on to their website to see what is new…


here for the link straight to their site

Puppy Show (2014) | Results

Grafton (walked by Michael and Deborah Boulton)
Gregory (walked by Reid Summerhayes)
Glasgow (walked by Roger Jarrad)

Glisten (walked by Michael and Deborah Boulton)
Glory (walked by Caroline Saunders)
Gretel (walked by Michael and Deborah Boulton)

Doghound : Grafton
Bitch : Glisten
Champion : Glisten

Cup Winners
The Hunt Supporters Cup : Glossy (Mr & Mrs David Hayes)
The Graffham Cup : Growler (the Homan Family)
The Kathleen Elwin Cup : Streamer (the Hoskins Family)
The Masters Cup : Bosun (Reid Summerhayes)
The Shirley Reed Cup : Bobbin (Michael & Deborah Boulton)
The Harold Wait Cup : Paragon (the Hoskins Family)
The Joy and Stan Mayes Trophy : Habit (Mrs Diane Evans)

The Hunt Relay Team | CHAMPIONS!

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History was made today at about 5.00pm at the South of England Showground at Ardingly. We could not be more pleased to announce that the
CL&C Inter-Hunt Relay Team triumphed at Ardingly today by winning their semi-final against the Kent and Surrey Bloodhounds and then going on to win the Final against the Mid-Surrey Draghounds. It is the first time in several years that the CL&C has been allowed to enter the relay at this venue so it gave us immense pleasure to go all the way and win it against 7 other neighbouring packs. The standard of competition was exceptionally good today and all the teams were well practiced and fast which made winning even more of a fabulous result.

Huge congratulations to today's team which consisted of:-

Vicki Wilkins MFH, Coco Allingham, Rachel Morley
and James Robertson
with Chef d'Equipe Karen Dallyn and the team on the ground

Also thank you to the great support in the stands for the Chid and Lec team as the roar of support was most definitely audible!

Cavalcade of Hounds, Ardingly | June 7


South of England Show, Ardingly | Results

We had another terrific day at Ardingly in the show ring.  I know you will want to join the masters and all who attended today in congratulating Sage and Tim for yet another excellent showing of the CL&C hounds. 
The competition between 15 packs was of a markedly high standard. Having travelled a considerable distance to join us, the Grove and Rufford from Nottinghamshire did not go away empty-handed, emerging as the clear winners in many classes.

Judges :  Dog Hounds -- Andrew Osborne MFH (Cottesmore) 
and Guy Landau MFH (Morpeth)  Bitch Hounds -- Mark Hankisson and  Richard Standing MFH (Mendip Farmers)

Dog Hounds

Class 2 : Best Couple of Unentered Dog Hounds - 
1st - Grafton and Grecian 
(The Gregson Challenge Cup)
Bitch Hounds
Class 9 :  Best Couple of Entered Bitch Hounds  - 
4th - Rosy and Royalty
Class 10 :  Best Two Couple of Entered Bitch Hounds  - 2nd -Grayling and Tapestry, Rosy and Royalty
The June Wood Memorial Trophy
Class 11 :  Best Brood Bitch Hound  - 
3rd - Tapestry
Class 12 :  Championship for Best Bitch Hound -
Reserve Champion - Royalty

Encouraging news from Ockley | June 5

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Class 3 : Best Two Couple of Entered or Unentered Dog Hounds - 2nd - Glasgow, Grafton, Grecian and Gregory
Championship for the Best Entered or Unentered Dog Hound in Classes 1 - 4
(Reserve: East Kent with West Street)

Bitch Hounds
Class 5 : Best Unentered Bitch -
2nd - Gretel
Class 7 : Best Two Couple of Entered or Unentered Bitches -
2nd -
Royalty, Rosie, Tapestry, Grayling
Class 8 : Championship for the Best Entered or Unentered Bitches in Classes 5 - 7
(Reserve: East Kent with West Street)

The Vintage Tack Room | Grand Opening | May 17

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Mia and her team invite you to the official opening of the Vintage Tack room, 3 Market Square Petworth on Saturday May 17 at 12.30. Drinks and ‘nibbles’ will be served and, excitingly, Rupert Uloth of Country Life will cut the tail bandage to declare it open! Special offers will abound! Stockists of new and vintage clothes and accessories for hunting, polo, showing and the ‘country life’. Special discounts for hunt servants and followers and members of polo clubs. New as well as vintage brands stocked

Cowdray Sponsored Ride | 2014

Entries may have been down by about two dozen or so, but sponsorship was greatly increased, so today's Sponsored Ride was, according to our bean-counter another terrific success, likely to top last year’s totals…How she loves a biscuit tin full to bursting with banknotes.

Thanks to all who took part and to those who came to spectate. There was a great turnout of CL&C followers, which is always nice to see. It was great day on the new course which starts with a wonderful view of Cowdray House. The going was great we were told. We'd like to thank those members of the Hunt who helped out with stewarding and trouble-shooting, but we must thank above all
Joan Langmead and Nadine Crouch who make it all happen seamlessly....

Thank you to -- and in no particular order --
Trish Morley, Alison Owen and Kate Ford in the tent. Jump Stewards Suzanne Garner, Katrina Mardles, Barry and Patrick, Joy Mayes, the Hoskins, Sheila Lillywhite, and Ann Wadey. Paul L-M and Tania Slowe were pathfinders with Deborah Boulton 'sweeper’ (she did not get lost this time) and Tim Mardles and Mark Teear dashed around helpfully all week. It could not happen without the patronage of Lord Cowdray and the practical help of Robert Windle and Donald MacDonald and many, many others on the Estate, as well as the Scouts who are always prepared.

Thanks everyone. It was a terrific day!

Cowdray Sponsored Ride | May 11

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Rufus Uloth says ‘Isn't my winner's plate shiny and new and worth securing for all time? I think so.’ Thus do we tell you that The Cowdray Sponsored Ride (by kind permission of Lord Cowdray) will once again be in aid of the CL&C Hunt and Macmillan Cancer Support. The course will start at Cowdray House and run south again. Optional jumping, but clearly not for this happy competitor. Barely containing his excitement, year on year, Rufus tells us: “You need to know that the Cowdray sponsored ride takes place again at Benbow Ponds on May 11! I can barely contain my excitement! Be a winner like me! And get a shiny plate made of solid silver. Sort of.” [Thanks, Rufus, you, Harry Potter and your dazzling plate may go now - Ed].

Schedule available

Conditions of Entry

Entry Form

Hound Sponsorship | Not just for Christmas, it's for Easter too


CL&C in the News | Horse & Hound

‘Beautiful, springy grass’ was the verdict from young Saskia Stephenson, who hunted with us on what turned out to be a tremendous day at Arundel Park back in February. We are the focus of Horse & Hound’s hunting coverage this week, delighted to be part of its Hunt Swap’ series whereupon two families ‘swap’ packs for two Saturdays. In this case Rupert and Louie Uloth and Nonie, Honor and Rufus (CL&C) swapped days with the Aurelia and Rupert Stephenson and Tatiana, Casper and Saskia (Old Berks).

Both reports appear in this week’s issue, written up by the various little ones and beautifully done it is too. There are some great pictures as well. Full marks to the youngsters and floreat the Old Berks and the CL&C! Let’s hope we can do more together soon. As Casper aged nine put it: ‘The next best thing to being a Duke and living in a huge fortress was being able to hunt in the Duke of Norfolk’s private park. It was very exciting!’ What can we say? It’s all true…

Goodwood Parade | March 29

We were delighted to be asked to appear as part of the revived ‘Goodwood Motor Racing Club Members’ Day’ on Saturday. There were around 25 mounted, some in red coats, the masters in masters livery, black coats and one Cowdray coat to show variety. It was quite early in the morning before the biggest array ever gathered of 1980s F1 turbo cars fired up and as you can see from Paddy Walker’s inventive picture and Sally Hoskin’s atmospheric one, we raced up and down on the tarmac with different, though no less effective, horsepower. Thanks to Tim and Sage, our two side-saddlers Charlie and Caroline, the Wilkins family, the Crouch family, Mark Rees, George Grammer, Jo Burdett, Henry Dallal, the Homan family, Neil and Conor Meadows, Sam Daplyn, the Birds, the Hoskins, Sheila and Gary Lillywhite, Deborah Boulton and the Bones, Adam and Charlie from Rumbolds with their full lorry load, Suzanne and Louise Evans, Lee Dallyn and Rachel Cargill, David Hayes, Tania and Paddy Walker and James Robertson in red.

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