The ever-popular Blaston Hound Show took place on 28 June in Blaston, Leicestershire.
With 18 packs taking part, nine in the modern foxhound classes and nine in the Old English, there was plenty to entertain the enthusiastic ringside audience.
In its 13th year, Blaston’s annual show has become a rehearsal for the major hound shows still to come. Sadly, with the outbreak of kennel cough in different parts of the country, some packs were unable to attend and will miss out on the forthcoming shows at both Harrogate and Peterborough.
The Fernie Hunt enjoyed success during the judging of the doghounds, taking the stallion hound class with Siren 11, who went on to take the overall doghound title.
The Kimblewick’s first visit to the show from their kennels in Buckinghamshire paid off when they enjoyed considerable success in the bitch hound classes. With joint-master and huntsman Gerald Sumner taking a family holiday, whipper-in Rob Truscott showed their hounds, ably assisted by hunt supporter and puppy walker Nyree Fitzgerald.
Kimblewick Snowdrop claimed the unentered bitch hound class before Kimblewick Boozie 14 & Nutmeg 14 took the prize for the best couple. Boozie then went on to be crowned the bitch champion with Snowdrop in reserve.
In the Old English classes, Hurworth Corporal 13, the stallion hound winner proceeded to take the doghound championship while the Pytchley enjoyed success when their unentered winner Plumpton who was awarded the bitch hound championship.
Bitch hound champion Kimblewick Boozie 14
Judging the Old English doghounds with Blaston Church in the background
A couple of the Brocklesby’s Old English hounds
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Old English bitch hound champion, the unentered winner Pytchley Plumpton
Suffolk Starter, winner of the unentered doghound class in the modern foxhounds ring
Bodmin 13 & Bogard 13, winners for the Croome & West Warwickshire in the doghound couples class
Fernie Siren 11, overall doghound champion
Judges Neil Coleman and Paul Larby assessing the doghounds
For a full report please see report in Horse & Hound on 16 July 2015