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Cottesmore Hunt Supporters' Club
Ashwell Social Night
Saturday 7th October 7pm

The date you have all been waiting for……..
The Weigh-in of your Potatoes
Will be held at Ashwell Village Hall
The weigh-in will be held during the evening and the winner will be announced after the raffle
A very casual evening; a chance to have a good natter and catch up on the summer’s events. Bring a plate of food for sharing and a drink of your choice
£2 entry to cover hire of Village Hall. Raffle for CHSC
To book or for any enquiries contact Louise on 07711554838

Cottesmore Hunt Fun Ride
Sunday 8th October

Join us at the Cottesmore Hunt Fun Ride
The Ride will be approximately 6 miles long over a course with about 60 fences, each with three height options, approximately 60cm, 90cm and 110m There will also be an excellent route with gates for those who do not wish to jump.
3 heights of fences from 60cm non jumping route
Start 9.30am from Oakham Road,Knossington LE15 8DA
£30 per horse £20 for under 16 pre entry
£35 & £25 on the day entry
Quality Food and Bar
A donation will be made to the Air Ambulance
You can download a booking form from the Downloads area opposite =>

Cottesmore Hunt Supporters' Club
Start of Season Bangers and Mash Supper
Saturday 14th October

7pm for 7.30pm
The Whipper Inn, Oakham
Guest Speaker Andrew Osborne MFH
Tickets (limited) £17.50p
Heads and Tails     Print Auction
To book tickets or for any enquiries contact Chris on 07970811182
A donation will be made to Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance

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1666 – 2016

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Welcome to the Cottesmore Hunt’s website. Within our site you will find the history of the Hunt and its supporters club, an account of the breeding and bloodlines of our famous hounds, a description of our country (the area we cover) with an interactive map highlighting points of interest, a who’s who of officials and staff, details of the different subscription packages, calendars for our future social events, a list of what we currently have on sale in our memorabilia shop and details of how to get in touch with us. There are also details of (or links to) our other related activities such as point-to-point racing, Pony Club and the Hedge-cutting Society. We also — as you will have seen — carry advertisements. Please give your business to our advertisers: help them to help us.

The government ban in February 2005 led to some changes in the way hounds are permitted to hunt while remaining within the law, but although second-best to traditional foxhunting, excellent sport is still possible using a combination of laid trails and flushing to a bird of prey for the bird itself then to hunt.
"For the truest sport, the straightest foxes, for perfection of country, for long runs and fast runs, commend us to the wild pastures of the Cottesmore. A wide spread region scarcely inhabited; ground that carries a scent in all weathers; woodlands which breed a travelling race; and mile upon mile of untracked grass, where a fox will meet nothing more terrifying than a bullock — no wonder, then, the finest runs of the season are with the Cottesmore; that more hard riders and grand horses are present when Ranksboro' is drawn then are ever mustered elsewhere; or that the Punchbowl and Stapleford are names to make us stir in our chairs..."
So said Edward Pennell-Elmhirst ("Brooksby") in 1882. Those familiar with the area will realise that the country has changed a bit since then. But the Cottesmore's famous hounds have more than kept pace with these changes: they are lighter and more athletic than their forebears and are better able to follow a weak scent amid exhaust fumes and the distractions of modern agriculture.

From 1666 until 2005, the Cottesmore (say ‘Cotsmore’*) had hunted foxes with hounds in and around the ancient English county of Rutland. In spite of the construction of Cottesmore airfield in 1935, the completion of Rutland Water reservoir in 1978 which removed 3100 acres (1255 hectares) of hunting country, widespread national hunt saboteur activity in the late 1980s and the 2004 Hunting Act, the Cottesmore continues to flourish, hunting within the law. Its country converges with that of its neighbours the Quorn and the Belvoir (Duke of Rutland’s Hounds) in the Leicestershire market town of Melton Mowbray which in its heyday was a magnet for foxhunters worldwide and now has the UK's only foxhunting museum.

* - from Cott's Moor

350 years and still going strong. For’ard on!