The West of England Hound Show at Honiton in Devon on Thursday, 6 August drew a large crowd, including many who book this day in as part of their summer holiday when visiting the West Country.
This show is particularly important for packs of staghounds and minkhounds. They have their chance to compete and follow up any successes they may have had at Dunster Hound Show held the week before.
Local foxhound pack the Dulverton West enjoyed success in many classes, however it was the South and West Wilts who took the doghound championship with Harlequin 14, their winner of the entered class.
The Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray enjoyed another successful day on the flagstones, taking the bitch hound championship with Royalty 13.
The Tiverton Staghounds took home an armful of prizes back to their kennels including the doghound championship with Dawlish 14. They had to settle for reserve in the bitch hounds where the Devon & Somerset’s unentered winner Chuckle took the title.
With classes for both purebred and part-bred minkhounds, there were plenty of prizes to be won, with the overall championship being awarded to Devon & Cornwall Brushford 14.
The Cotley Harriers and the Axe Vale shared the major prizes in the harriers ring while the Royal Agricultural University claimed both the doghound and bitch championships in the beagles ring.
Take a look at the gallery below to see if your local pack was caught on camera.
Man’s best friend…a relaxed huntsman and his hound prepare for the judging
The Tiverton Staghounds win the doghound couples class with Rucksack & Rupert
RAU Sapperton, winner of the stallion hound class, also takes the doghound beagle championship
Champion part-bred minkhound and overall champion, Devon and Cornwall Brushford 14
Joy for the supporters of one winning pack
The beagle judges take a close look at the bitches lined up for the championship
The Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray enjoy success with their two couple of bitches in the foxhound classes
Find out who the ones to watch are ahead of the West of England Hound Show
Take a look at our hound show gallery from this year's Great Yorkshire Show
Judging of the harrier championship
South & West Wilts Harlequin takes the local championship in the foxhounds ring before later claiming the doghound title
Presentation to the RAC for their beagle bitch champion Whipcream
Quantock Reason, best entered staghound bitch
Don’t miss the next issue of Horse & Hound, out 13 August 2015, for the full report and results.