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WINTER AUCTION
closes Thursday pm
So BID NOW!

A Xmas present for someone else - or just treat yourself ... the Winter Auction has something for everyone. From a private day's hunting for up to twenty riders, a Cordon Bleu dinner for twelve served at your house, tickets for the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, a half-day up-front with Andrew Osborne hunting hounds (or buy the two half days and make a day of it!), a round of golf for two at Stapleford with Messrs Hunnisett and Osborne and with caddies Holly Campbell et al followed by a slap-up lunch, .... the list is fascinating. Click the gavel above to see the list and place your bids.





Liverpool International Horse Show

Liverpool Echo Arena
28th-31st December 2018

Don’t miss this adrenaline-filled family event that can guarantees to WOW the crowds this December, Bringing together everything from incredible showjumping and shopping to Shetland ponies and motocross and all new for 2018 the world premiere of Gilles Fortier and equestrian acrobatic spectacle Phoenix.
Be prepared to surprise yourself and fall in love with Liverpool’s best new sporting event. Top dressage, showjumping, top entertainment. This show brings international Equestrian sport to a whole new level!
Book your ticket now! – Ticket hotline 0344 8000 400
Or for group bookings at a discount price email groups@echoarena.co.uk And use discount code LIHS15 for 15% or LIHS25 for a massive 25% of for groups over 10








PAY ONLINE HERE

You can pay online from this website or smartphone app* for most things provided by the CH. You can pay by credit or debit card or PayPal

PAY CH CAP (day's hunting)
Click here to pay. You will be offered:

  • a box for you to agree to the CH’s Disclaimer
  • a button for you to say if you are paying for a regular-rate cap or an MHC reduced-rate cap; if you click ‘MHC’, you will be asked for your CA membership number and the name of the hunt to which you subscribe
  • a box to specify the day and date you have booked to hunt and your mobile number (for a cancellation)
  • a box to collect the booking reference number: when you book a reduced-rate cap via MHC you will be given one
  • a box for the amount you need to pay

PAY CH MISC
Click here to pay. You will be offered:

  • a list of coming events for which you can pay online (a few events may have their own payment arrangements). For equestrian events a box appears for you to agree to the CH’s Disclaimer
  • a Short Description box for you to provide any additional information
  • a box for the amount you need to pay

PAY CH SUBS
Payment of CH subscriptions must be made by bank transfer, standing order or cheque

* Android phones/tablets only

Welcome

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 artificially-laid 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.

*   - this date is traditional but apocryphal; no documentary evidence for it has been found
** - from Cott's Moor

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