by Countryside Alliance


With Autumn upon us maybe you are looking for new things to try with your horse to banish those end of summer blues, so why not give hunting a go? If you think it looks like fun and would like to try it then our Hunting Newcomers Week running from 18th - 25th October could be the perfect place for you to start. You do not need any special kit or clothes to take part and will be guided by an experienced hunt follower who will be on hand to answer any of your questions.  

Many hunts will be running events throughout the country during this week (18th – 25th October) and we will keep the list below up to date with information so that you know what your nearest hunt is doing. If you would like any further information and/or copies of our newcomers’ document titled the ‘How, what, where and when of hunting’ please email, [email protected]

Atherstone - Pre-season hunting clinic on Sunday 5th October. Please contact Jo Jewell on 01827 830047 or 07815 027863

College Valley/North Northumberland - Newcomers Meets on Saturday 18th October, Tuesday 21st October and Thursday 23rd October. Please call Andrew Taylor on 01890 860285 for further details.

Curre and Llangibby – Newcomers Meet on Saturday 25th October at 10am. Please contact Charlotte Breese on 07703 269829 for more details.

Dartmoor - Newcomers Meet on Saturday 25th October. Please contact Amelia Eyston on 01548 812393 or 01548 821393 for further details.

Dumfriesshire and Stewartry – Newcomers Meet on Saturday 18th October. Please contact Hannah Hutchings on 07708 784313 for more details.

Fitzwilliam (Milton) - Newcomers Meets on Saturday 18th October at 7.30am and on Wednesday 22nd October at 8am. Please contact Penny Fortescue on 07710 24188, [email protected] or Karen Slicock on 07836 759318,[email protected] for further details.

Heythrop – Pre-hunting courses with MFH and 4* Event Rider Simon Lawrance. A perfect opportunity to brush up on your hunting skills before the start of the season, helping you to get back in the saddle and revise the cross country riding skills you need to be safe in the hunting field. These clinics will cater for everyone from the newcomer to the experienced subscriber who wants to get their eye in! Taking place on Sunday 28th September, Friday 17th October and Friday 31st October. Please email [email protected] for further details.

Llangeinor Pentyrch - Newcomers Meet on Saturday 18th October at 11am.

The Meynell and South Staffordshire - Newcomers Meet at 9am on Saturday 25th October. Please call Rachael Morley, 07889 083194 or Louise Williams, 07990 550547 to book your place.

New Forest – Newcomers Meet on Saturday 18th October at 9am. Please contact Penny Rendle on 07775 722795 for further details.

North Herefordshire - Newcomers Meet on Saturday 25th October at 8.30am. Please contact Ellie Bulmer on 07779 593280 for further details.

North Cotswold – Newcomers Meet on Saturday 25th October followed by breakfast. Please contact Charlotte Russell on 01386 725423 or 07816 600605 for further details.

Oakley – Newcomers ride with hounds followed by a BBQ and tour of the kennels starting at 11am on Sunday 19th October. A great opportunity to learn about hunting and to meet new people – there will be optional jumps along the route. Please contact Caroline Evans on 07734 418598 for further details.

Pytchley - Newcomers Meet on Saturday 18th October at 8am, no charge for newcomers. Please call Serena McCall on 07798 854131 to book in and for parking information etc.

South Pembrokeshire – Newcomers Meet on Saturday 4th October at 8am followed by a BBQ breakfast. Please contact Sue Brace on 01646 651490 for further details.

Surrey Union – Newcomers Meet on Saturday 4th October. Please contact Zoe Horton on 07939 114059 for further details.

Taunton Vale Foxhounds - Pre-hunting schooling day to be held at Pontispool Equestrian centre on Thursday 16th October. Designed for newcomers and less experienced hunters who wish to improve their knowledge and horsemanship skills on the hunting field, as well as the experienced hunters who wish to brush up on their skills in advance of the forthcoming season. The day will consist of 2 hours tailored, mounted tuition followed by a trail hunt behind the Taunton Vale Foxhounds with optional fences. For further details please contact Mark Heuff on 07786 227232 or visit

Thurlow - Newcomers Meets on Saturday 18th October and Thursday 23rd October. Please contact Pat Thomas on 01799 599413 for further details.

York and Ainsty South – Newcomers Meet on Monday 27th October.

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