The Silver Fox Challenge will not take place this year as the Hambleden Estate near Henley is making improvements to the course.

The popular hunt relay usually takes place in late September, attracting hunts from across the UK and Ireland. A spokesman said it would “be back bigger and better” in 2013.

Due to the cancellation, the Bicester Hunt with Whaddon Chase is hosting an inter-hunt relay on Sunday, 23 September at Primrosehill Farm, Gawcott.

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This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (6 September 2012)