Champagne Ride | August 29 | Pallingham

Champagne Breakfast Ride
Saturday 29
th August

Starting and finishing at :-

Pallingham Manor Farm
Wisborough Green

RH14 0EZ

By kind permission of Mr & Mrs Rob Wilkins
There will be two rides: one for jumpers and one for non-jumpers.

All riders to be mounted by 9.00am. A glass of bubbles or soft refreshment will be enjoyed before setting off on the rides. The jumpers group will cross timber and hedges, some of which can be bypassed but not all. The rides will last between 1 hour and 1.5 hours with a full English breakfast, tea and coffee on your return.
Dress code: Safe and smart attire  will be in attendance selling photos on the day and online afterwards. There WILL NOT be any medical cover at this event.
£35.00 per person.
Under 18’s £25.00 per person
Leader and Lead rein child £15.00

Supporter breakfast
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Please return to S. Whittaker, 21 Wyndham Road, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0EB by August 26

Countryman's Day | July 25

Sunday 26 July
11:00 am
 If you have never entered a Dog show or Ferret Show, had a go at dog agility or raced your Terrier, don’t be shy, this is the ideal opportunity.
This is a friendly traditional show with the emphasis on fun.

Charlton Walking Tour | Belinda writes...

Very interesting tour with Richard Pailthorpe. The view from Levin Down was an ideal point for Richard to set the scene and the history of the Lavant Valley and The Charlton Hunt.  Then down in the village, looking at a copy of the map of the time everyone gained a picture of the village in its hunting heyday including where hounds were kenneled and horses were stabled. The Huntsman's Cottage and Fox Hall were buildings of note along with some other hunting boxes. The isolation kennels near Huntsman's Cottage were for hounds with signs of rabies. The tour ended up with pub supper at The Fox Goes Free which would have been the place frequented in centuries past for drinks and stories of the day’s hunting.
Charlton Hunt tour collage

Open Show | Storme writes...

On Sunday the 3rd Open Show went ahead, this year without the scorching temperatures that we have become used to from previous years. However the competition and sportsmanship observed made a rather drizzly, grey day, fun and enjoyable. Huge thanks go to our team of volunteers who generously gave up their time to help and ensure the day ran smoothly. Without the following people there would not have been a show:

Barry and Patrick, John Gough, Richard Stubbs, Jo Haill, Karl Standing, Will, Harriet, Will and George Carver, Sheila Lillywhite, Tim and Katrina Mardles, John Barstow, Tom Lane, Peter Sherratt, Leo and Tinka Allingham, Charlotte Allday, Simon and Harry Stillwell, Katherine Burgdorff, Vicky and Harry Wilkins, Belinda Wilkins, Brian McIntyre and Dawn Clark. Also, to Crosbies Cakes who kindly donated an assortment of cakes to keep our volunteers and judges refreshed. 

The committee wish to extend their gratitude to judges;
Mrs Jan Allen, Charlotte Youatt, Jane Stickley and Laura Gordon and thank them for their time and expertise. 

We could not have run the day without our amazing hosts,
Richard and Elaine Whitcomb. Very many thanks to them for preparing the field so thoroughly and carefully. 

A few messages that have been received since Sunday from competitors -

Team Strood had a great day! Big thanks to all involved for making it such great fun. Rachael

Thanks all for a lovely show. Ali G

Please pass on to everyone, all our thanks, to those who worked so hard today to make it a very well organised, happy and friendly show. Everyone I met had a smile on their faces. Barbara H

A fantastic show and beautiful rosettes. Jo M

Finally, many thanks to those who came along to support, by entering or even just by popping in and supporting riders. We look forward to seeing you at the
Champagne Breakfast Ride on Saturday 29th August

Open Show | Kirdford | July 12

The Open Show was another tremendous success! Thank you so much to Storme and Jo and all who helped. These are the winnings garnered by just one very uncompetitive family, the Lawes of just-outside-Petworth. 17 (count ‘em). All down to the rigorous training regime instituted by Mr Graham Lawes. [OK, Graham? If you put the money in the usual hold-all]

Barbeque and Rounders | Strood Farm | August 9

BAR-BEE-Q (and for the energeticROUNDERS 
Sunday 9th August, Strood Farm (thanks to Lee and Karen Dallyn)

£10 per head for adult   £5 per child**
Please book with Sheila in advance
01798 342990

Tour of Charlton Village | July 15

Tour of Charlton Village for CL&C Hunt Supporters' Club Wednesday 15 July 2015    6.00pm - 8.00pm The Charlton Hunt was founded in the 1670s as the first official foxhunt in Britain. Many of the buildings in the village played their part in the history of the hunt. We are delighted that historian Richard Pailthorpe, Director of The Weald and Downland Museum, has agreed to take CL&C supporters and followers on a walk round the village, beginning at Fox Hall. With his specialist knowledge he will point out the role that many of the cottages played during the heyday of the Charlton Hunt.

Be ready to leave Fox Hall at 6.00pm prompt. You will also need to keep up during the walk as there is much to see in the time! At 35, numbers are limited, so please book in quickly….£7.00   which will include a donation to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. (Richard Pailthorpe has requested this in lieu of a fee)
To book your place on the Charlton Village Hunt Tour: Please contact or 01798 342990 
Please also let Sheila know if you would like to eat afterwards at The Fox Goes Free. They will be sending out a menu for pre-booking supper for anyone interested. 

South of England Hound Show | Results

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The South of England Hound Show, Ardingly 
The CL&C had a tremendous start to the showing season.
We know you will all want to join the Masters in congratulating Sage and Tim for some outstanding results.
It was another excellent day for both dog hounds and bitches. Once again, we faced fierce competition from four-day-a-week packs, such the VWH and Heythrop. In brief, we won these rosettes
1 x Championship; 3 x 1st; 1 x 2nd; 1 x 3rd; 1 x 4th;   (and numerous items of silverware). It is a credit to Sage and to Tim, to our Hound Trustees, our Puppy Walkers and all at the kennels that we can come away with such superb results

Maj. Tim Easby and Lady Arabella Moger MFH 
Mr Alistair Jackson and Mr Joss Hanbury MFH

Dog Hounds

Class 1 : Best Entered Doghound :
1st  CL&C Grafton  (The Gregson Perpetual Challenge Cup)

(4th: East Sussex Saracen  3rd: Hursley Hambledon Broker; 2nd:  Surrey Union Gangster)

Class 2 : Best Couple of Unentered Doghounds :

CL&C Mandate and Mascot  (The Gregson Challenge Cup)

(4th: OSBWK Standby & Sting  3rd: Heythrop Warlock & Wooton; 2nd:  Thurlow Dandy & Democrat)

Class 4 : Best Two Couple of Entered Doghounds :

2nd  CL&C Glider, Grafton, Grecian and Growler  (The June Wood Memorial Trophy)

(4th: East Kent Saxon, Saracen, Suspect, Drifter  3rd: Thurlow Farthing, Fathom, Scandal, Scholar
1st:  VWH Nightshirt, Scallywag, Scoundrel, Statesman)

Class 6 : Best Doghound
Champion:  CL&C Grafton (The Barlow Perpetual Challenge Cup)

VWH Statesman

Leica/Fieldsports Photography Competition | Winner!

FIRST PRIZE in the Leica/Fieldsports Photographer of the Year
has been won by
Sue Bird

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It is not often that a hunting scene wins first prize in this much respected and extremely popular competition (in its category ‘hunting’ is also up against ‘stalking’), but as you can see Sue’s is a tremendous photograph of movement, atmosphere and character. The prize is a pair of Leica Geovid 10 x 42 binoculars, which according to experts are about as state-of-the-art as you can get (and worth double the runners-up prize which was in itself astonishing: a Leica V-Lux f2.8 camera) Sue also wins a day’s photographic tuition at the Leica Academy in Mayfair. Which clearly she does not need.

Many congratulations to Sue and to proud husband Joe. 

See all the winners on Fieldsports Facebook page and keep up with the Birds on

From Baily's Hunting Directory...

We thought you might like to see this photograph by Sue and Jo Bird from Baily’s Hunting Directory to remind you what it’s all about…


“And here is Junior Fieldmaster Hartley Crouch taking his own line at the same hedge ( It seems to be a big unforgiving blackthorn but like wire fences in NZ, riders and their ponies take it in their stride.”

'Part of the Pack' | On Tour

Four Foot followers in the rain B-WShould anyone be visiting Virginia between June and the beginning of next year, they would be well advised to make a detour to the National Sporting Library and Museum:

Part of The Pack - The Hunt at Petworth Photographs by Colin Barker

First displayed within the stables at Petworth House,
fifteen prints have been selected from Colin's
black & white 'Part of The Pack' collection to be exhibited
at the prestigious National Sporting Library & Museum, 
Middleburg, Virginia. http:

The exhibition opens
June 19th 2015 until January 10th 2016,
with Colin also being invited to run a photographic workshop 
and critique class at the
Orange County Hounds kennels local to 
the museum during July.


Puppy Show (2015) | Results

1. Mascot (walked by Mrs Diane Evans)
2. Farmer (walked by Mr and Mrs David Subtil)
Marshall (walked by Mrs Vicki Wilkins MFH)

Magic (walked by Mrs Diane Evans)
Fashion (walked by Michael and Deborah Boulton)
3. Fable (walked by the Hoskins family)

Doghound : Mascot
Bitch : Magic
Champion : Mascot

Cup Winners
The Hunt Supporters Cup : Farmer (Mr and Mrs David Subtil)
The Graffham Cup : Granby (Hannah Alsbury-Morris)
The Kathleen Elwin Cup : Gretel (Michael and Deborah Boulton)
The Masters Cup : Paragon (the Hoskins family)
The Shirley Reed Cup : Status (Mrs Diane Evans)
The Harold Wait Cup : Stealthy (The Homan family)
The Joy and Stan Mayes Trophy : Statesman (the Hoskins family)

Letter from John Barstow

John Barstow is indefatigable as a CL&C supporter and tireless as a letter writer to the national newspapers, as many of you will know. His most recent, on the subject of equestrian sports and the military, appears in this weeks Horse & Hound and is reproduced here in full:

Counting the cost
Sir – Pippa Cuckson has given us an informative account of the synergy between equestrian sports and the military
Given the role of equestrian sports as an integral part of military training and ethos it is important that money should not be the object. As the article says, there is “pressure from political masters on officers to account for expenditure”. There are only 24 hours in a day, so common sense would suggest this has potential to at least detract from the development of their main skills.
It would be wrong to sell off military sporting facilities such as polo fields in the name of economy. The military Hackett Rundle Cup, for example, generates much income precisely because it is held at a military facility, namely Tidworth. Would an alternative status command the same respect?
We need to spend more on HM Forces and the synergy with equestrian sports should be respected as part of training, character and ethos by anyone who understands defence. Ledgers of accountancy can jeopardise this.
Do we wish to develop officers as leaders or as accountants?
John Barstow, Pulborough, West Sussex

Cowdray Sponsored Ride | May 10

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Rufus Uloth says yet again ‘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 on May 10! I can barely contain my excitement! Be a winner like me! And get a shiny plate made of solid silver. Sort of.”

See what the fuss is about. The schedule is

ITV4 -vs- BBC2 | Watch both!

Thrill to the continuing adventures of Ladykiller Deborah Boulton on Wednesday evening on BBC2 (that’s tonight!) and thrill again the following evening on ITV4 to edited highlights of the 73rd Members meeting at Goodwood at which Sage and the CL&C hounds paraded. There will likely be a lot car action and less houndwork, but thrill nonetheless!

Deborah and Scotty copy
72nd Members Day copy