Falconry Provides a Second Career for Racehorses in the UK

I started using horses for falconry in 2001, by mistake, really. I had just set up my outfit, Dartmoor Hawking, doing falconry commercially, as a change of life after the death of my first wife, and had got back to my parents' farm where I kept my horse at the time. I was riding a Thoroughbred mare named Toffee (Takethetopoff), and a girl who worked for me at the time was having problems with a young peregrine falcon. Without really thinking, I said "Pass it up here," and there I was: on a horse with a falcon, and a little thing went ping in my head.

Fitzwilliam Hunt Kennels (UK) Welcome Local Community

Earlier this month, the storied Fitzwilliam (Milton) Hunt, whose hound pedigree records date back to 1760, opened its kennel gates to the general public in what has become a popular annual outreach event. Located near the city of Peterborough, the open kennel day coincides with a local horse show that already brings most of the community out to spectate. The hunt, which has been under the stewardship of the same family for its entire history, began to offer wagon rides from the showgrounds to kennels a few years ago to educate the townspeople about hound care.

Hunting's Past, Present, and Future Captured in Baily's Directory

The red, hardbacked volumes of Baily’s Hunting Directory, first produced in 1897 as an annual edition, have embodied for generations the very essence of hunting. The Hunting Man’s Red Backed Bible of the chase, as it came to be known, has given both experienced people and those new to hunting everything they need to know before following hounds wherever you are in the hunting world. Because it builds on over 100 years of experience and expertise, it contains far more fact-based information that can ever be obtained through any internet searches.

Estate Open Day at Badminton Introduces Local Children to Hounds

Many equestrians associate the Badminton estate in England with its famous four star eventing competition, but the property is also home to the Duke of Beaufort's Hunt, one of the oldest and largest packs in the United Kingdom. Earlier this month, the present Duke opened the kennels and stables to local schoolchildren for Estate Open Day. This event, now entering its third decade, provides both rural and urban children an opportunity to meet hounds and horses and learn about daily life on the estate.

New British Organization Promotes Hunting to General Public

This is Hunting UK (TiHUK) is a recently-formed group that promotes the positive aspects of hunting to the general public. It was created to proactively educate non-hunters about the varied benefits of our sport, including economic input, game management, community growth, and character development. Chairman Maurice James Barclay, ex-MFH, helped found TiHUK and hopes it can counteract the steady stream of anti-hunting publicity in British popular media.

Ireland's National Governing Body Promotes Equine Industry

It's a good time to buy an Irish horse! At the phenomenally successful Biennial Staff Seminar held in Virginia last April, I was afforded the opportunity to say a few words about some very innovative developments at Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) over the past few years. HSI is the National Governing Body for Equestrian Sport in Ireland and maintains the Irish Horse Register (analogous to the USEF or Equine Canada). HSI has created, through its subsidiary company, Irish Horse Gateway, a very attractive and trouble-free environment in which to buy a horse.

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