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Peterborough Foxhound Show 2012 Report

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The VWH for the first time won both championships in the modern Foxhound section of the 124th Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show (July 18th, 2012).  Martin Scott has continued to breed  this pack since he was Joint Master and huntsman from 1977-83.

The  124th Royal Foxhound Show was a remarkable display of quality at all levels.  It was notable for the rare absence from the championships of the Greencoats,  Duke of Beaufort’s and Heythrop, but their benign influence on modern breeding was evident.    President of the show was Mr. C.E.W. Saunders who has been a member of the East of England Show Council since 1966, and previously on the Peterborough Show Council.

Special thanks were expressed by the MFHA Director, Major T.R. Easby,  to the Secretary of the Show, Mr David Ralley-Davies, and his staff for the great success of the Festival of Hunting at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, which includes the Royal Foxhound Show.


Major Easby praised officials and staff  for ensuring  the show was not halted by a heavy thunder storm  during the afternoon, flooding areas around the Foxhound enclosure, and causing a retreat from the Old English Foxhound outside ring  to the showground indoor stadium.

Some 30 packs competed in the Royal Foxhound Show, with enthusiastic spectators filling seats in the show enclosure, and around the Old English ring  outside.

Henry Berkeley MFH (Berkeley) and James Andrews, MFH  (South and West Wilts)  judged the modern Foxhounds doghound section.

The Fitzwilliam  took the restricted unentered class,  and the North Cotswold’s couple by Heythrop Stormer 08 eclipsed the Beaufort couple in the unentered couples class.  The Horse and Hound cup for best unentered hound was awarded to  Mr. and Mrs. Nigel Peel, North Cotswold Joint Masters, when their Capetown triumphed, with the Duke of Beaufort’s Sampson reserve.

The VWH’s successful  day started when they won the doghound two couples class.  The Bicester with Whaddon Chase were  placed second. The Fernie, who have not showed at Peterborough for some years, displayed their comparatively recent  trend  to more modern breeding, and took third place with a group including their stallion hound Bailiff 09, following this with other good placings.

VWH Rancher 09, with Cattistock Daresbury 99 as grand-sire on the bottom line, won the stallion hound class, with the Heythrop Stockton second, and the Duke of  Beaufort’s Harrington 10 third.   VWH  Rancher  is the result of four generations tail male bred  by Martin Scott,  and six generations by his  father,  the late Major Bill Scott,  Master of the North Cotswold, Old Berks and the Portman twice.

Major Scott bred the notable postwar doghound Old Berks Grammar which Martin Scott hunted when he was Master of the Tiverton (1969-77), and which figures in Rancher’s breeding.

Ten packs entered hounds in  the doghound championship, with VWH Ptarmigan prevailing, and the Duke of Beaufort’s Stockton 11 in reserve. Ptarmigan  is by VWH  Aztec 06. 

Adrian Dangar MFH  (Sinnington), judged the bitch entry with Charlie Shirley-Beavan, former Joint Master and huntsman of the Mid-Devon.  The Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray, took the unentered restricted class, and against stiff opposition deserved acclaim for victory also in the unentered couples class, their entry sired by the Duke of Beaufort’s Halifax 06.

The  Grove and Rufford  took second place, and their Duchess, by Heythrop Stormer, went on to win the Horse and Hound cup for best unentered bitch, with the Chiddingfold’s Habit  as  reserve.

The two couple class results bore more resemblance to Peterborough “normality”, with the Duke of  Beaufort’s taking first place with two sets of litter sisters, the Heythop second with a handsome group, and the VWH third.

A great victory from the south was the first placing of Crawley and Horsham Aspic 10 in the brood bitch class, repeating her South of England win, with the North Cotswold’s Bobtail second.

The afternoon  judging ended in a necessarily protracted study of the high quality championship entries, with VWH Summer 11 emerging triumphant.  Summer is by Rustic 07 who goes back to Portman and Cattistock lines on top line, and on the bottom line includes the sire Hursley Hambledon Ambridge 96.

Heythrop Raspberry 11, champion bitch at Builth Wells, was reserve here, another success for the Heythrop’s hound breeder, Joint  Master Richard Sumner who had retired on May 1st from the Mastership after a remarkable 28 years, during which he maintained the Heythrop as one of the leading  producers of high quality hounds, winning championships at Peterborough and elsewhere.


Charles Frampton MFH,  the Heythrop’s new Joint Master and huntsman, and Robin Vestey MFH  (Thurlow),  judged the Old English doghound and bitch sections.

“We looked for quality first, rather than the heavier type,  and we found it most  in the brood bitch class,” said Mr Vestey.  This was won by Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn’s Budget 09, with Percy Garnish 10 second, and they maintained this order as bitch champion and reserve.

The Hurworth took the doghound championship with their stallion hound winner Monarch 09 by Mostyn 05. The Holderness showed  well in the doghound section, winning the unentered class with a dog by the Brocklesby sire Lowlander 08.

In these difficult times the 124th Royal Foxhound Show was a remarkable display of quality at all levels.

Summer, the VWH bitch champion, is by Rustic 07 who goes back to Portman and Cattistock lines on top line, and on the bottom line includes the sire  Hursley Hambledon Ambridge 96.


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