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Holcombe Hunt

Welcome to the Holcombe Hunt

The Master and Directors of the Holcombe Hunt Ltd confirm that it is their objective in accordance with the law banning hunting with dogs in England and Wales to:

  1. Act at all times within the law and according to the Hunt Constitution.
  2. Conduct legal activities that enable the Hunt to maintain its structure and integrity with regard to hounds, staff, supporters, subscribers and members until such time as the law may be changed.
  3. Maintain the hunts good relationships with farmers and landowners in our hunt country and to respect and abide by their wishes at all times.

The type of activities we intend to carry out within the law and with consent and support of the farmers and landowners are:

  1. Trail (Simulated) Hunting. Hunting an artificial trail laid across natural country.
  2. Hound Exercise. Between individual trails, and in areas of country where trails will not be suitable, hounds will be exercised on a pre-arranged route, for which directions will be issued at the meet.

The Hunt strongly requests that all mounted followers have adequate horse and rider accident & liability insurance cover.

Trial (Simulated) Hunting

We will hunt an artificial trail across natural country and exercise hounds between trails in order to simulate traditional hunting, while staying within the confines of the law. We hope to do the following:

  1. Meet at a pre-set time at a traditional Hunt venue.
  2. Dress Hunt staff in traditional uniform so that everyone is still aware who is in charge of the hounds.
  3. Control the hounds by hunting horn, voice and traditional methods.
  4. Lay trails across country, often using coverts, to get hounds to hunt by their noses.
  5. Trails will be laid by a pre-appointed Trail-Layer/s.
  6. Foot followers may be appointed to go forward and help with roads, control hounds and to report quietly to hunt staff any sightings of ground game so that they can be avoided.
  7. Hounds will be exercised across country where this is deemed safer, or when in danger of crossing any natural scent lines.

The Directors and Members accept no responsibility for injury or loss to horse, rider & followers whilst trailing. All riders and followers are responsible for their own personal insurance covering them and the horse they will be riding on the day.