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Four Shires Bloodhounds

Hunt type: Bloodhounds
Areas: Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire. South Yorkshire
Country: England
Contact information may be out of date so has been hidden.
Hunt country: The registered country lies in Derbyshire. Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire and includes plenty of old turf intersected by stout hedges and natural fences. To the north is stone wall country.
History: The Four Shires was founded at the Millennium by Maggie Pearlstine and Edward Hammond, both former masters of The Farmersí Bloodhounds in the Cotswolds. They were supported by the founding President, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire and the Chairman, Sir Andrew Buchanan, the Lord-lieutenant of Nottinghamshire. The Dowager Duchess was succeeded as President by the Duchess of Devonshire, DL in 2011. The Hunt is a member of the Masters of Draghounds and Bloodhounds Association. The pack developed from the original Kyre Bloodhounds, which merged into the Four Shires, drafts from other packs and now hunts home-grown puppies. Kennels are in Pikehall in the Peak Park. In 2011 the Four Shires's second appearance at Peterborough, it won the Bloodhound Championship at the Festival of Hunting at Peterborough with Evie, who also won the best brood bitch and came second in the entered bitch class. She is out of Worry, a former lead hound from the huntís first litter. Pedro won the stallion hound class and Everglade, one of Evie's puppies, won the best unentered bitch category. As explained on Countryfile, hounds hunt the clean boot in this wonderful varied hunting country. There is a second field master for those who prefer little or no jumping. The Hunt welcomes visitors and prides itself on being friendly.
The season is from September- April, meeting on Sundays at noon and some byes. Visitors welcome: please contact the Bookings Secretary.

Membership Secretary:
Mandy Stone
Tel: 07977 715399
Email: membership@4shires.co.uk

Quarry Co-ordinator:
Andy Best
Mob: 07525 034893
Email: quarry@4shires.co.uk

Press Secretary:
Jane Shepherd
Tel: 01538 308685
Mob: 07985 129315
Email: jane@shepherd-pr.com

Four Shires Bloodhounds web site
Last update sent by Maggie Pearlstine on 18th September 2012

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It does not show the location of the kennels, or the homes of any of the subscribers, officials or staff of the hunt.

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