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Coakham Bloodhounds

updated October 2014

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TEA:
We ask that people bring some along to meets so we can pool and share (we supply the liquid tea and mugs!)

NEW: We are now taking advertisements on the Coakham Website - and the excellent equine vets, Milbourne Equine, are our first client! If you would like to advertise, please contact Master and Treasurer Lindsay Newitt, M 07808 170 804 for details.

First Time Out Guide
We offer a wide range of meets, some with very little jumping at all, and even on the hedge days there are always ways round. The photos show us all jumping hedges because we all love those on our mantleshelves but you do not have to jump them! However, you do need a fit horse and sound brakes.

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New Merchandise Page now up

YouTube video of Oxendean, Jevington
Helen McAll's quite excellent HatCam sequences to music!

Support our Quarry:
Garth Baker
Professional Builder
T 01323831941.
M 07980771897.

GFCBaker@live.co.uk


The Hunt Supporters Merchandise - Jackets, Hoodies, T-shirts, Caps, Umbrellas, Wallets, Badges, Boot Bags,
Christmas Cards and much more can all be viewed and purchased at Tea.

The BBC film of the Coakham - finally on YouTube!!!

CLICK HERE for The Washington Post Story as it appeared in the newspaper -
we headed the Style section - Of Course!!!

Member of the Masters of Draghounds and Bloodhounds Association CLICK HERE

Will Cursham's Horse & Hound write up IS HERE - Hunting Humans in Bear Country.

"I have to say that researching this pack is a writer’s dream. They have one of the best hunt websites that I have seen, jammed with information". Photos and pdf of the article reproduced with thanks to Horse & Hound Horse and Hound photos:- Album 1 - Album 2 - Album 3 for an animation of the last hedge
click here

For a list of all the YouTube links up so far click here

UK Links

International Links

Tributes: Major Nigel Budd and John Lloyd

You Tube Links

Frankham Farm 2006 - 877 views, a 5* ranking and the following comment: "as a fellow bloodhound owner and horse lover, this was awesome to watch,,scarey but awesome, I hope no horses were injured or rider"

Larkins Brewery 2006
1087 views and the following comment:"how come those Bh's walk with the lead horse? this is very interesting. WHy do some horses appraoch the jump but then turn away? What are the BH's tracking,,thanks"
Bassetts Manor 2006 -
1092 views

Firle Place 2006
738 views

Mickey and the quad stuck at Larkins

1093 views and a 5* ranking

The Coakham Wooden Horse race night:

211 views
The Coakham at Cherry Croft (to music!!)

1224 views and the following comment: "wow what a beautiful dogs and horses together!! worship."

Hever 2007


Penshurst 2007

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The American Film Crew's Pitch Film from Bookers Farm -
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The 2013 - 2014 Season Archive - photos and reports


OPENING MEET

OCTOBER

Sunday 19th October at 12 noon

CHERRY CROFT FARM, HERSTMONCEUX, BN27 1QJ
by kind invitation of Miss C. Richardson

 


THE FINAL PUPPY HUNT

Puppy Hunting on Wednesday 15th October
4pm
Old Church Lane
East Peckham, Kent TN12 5NG
Look for the "Historic Church" sign off A228 Seven Mile Road
Parking as you turn in on the left.
Over the lovely Mereworth Estate. A handful of optional jumps under 2'9".



Photos from Puppy Hunting at Summertree can now be viewed at http://www.ksdigital.co.uk/coakham-bloodhounds-puppy-hunting-at

Miss Jorrocks enjoys Puppy Hunting at Hever

On Sunday 12th October hounds met at Pigdown Farm, Hever - the guests of Ms Jan Biddle.

The day dawned misty and really quite Autumnal and Miss Jorrocks was in jolly hunting mood as she set off for the meet.

A field of about 50 assembled and there was a general air of anticipation for the season ahead. Master Blagg gave the usual parish notices and Miss Jorrocks was once again appointed non jumping monitor – a role she considers she discharges with an air of quiet authority although doubtless her little flock would beg to differ on this score. However, on this occasion she managed not to get them down a jumping lane and didn’t lose anyone – well not that she can remember anyway.

Hounds were in good voice and hunting now like professionals behind two quarry captained by Garth. The day had been set up to give the field good views of hounds at work and we saw them spread out like a tapestry on a beautiful green background, it really was a timeless sight. We were fortunate indeed that Ms Biddle had allowed us to come, after some quite considerable rain, and had moved her stock to facilitate the flow of the day. Miss Jorrocks always marvels at the generosity of such hosts who work hard before and after we arrive and receive just a simple acknowledgement and a token gift in recognition of their efforts.

Miss Jorrocks was delighted to see some of our farming hosts from other meets in the field, and took a little time out to discuss the state of dairy farming with our host from Chiddingstone, Stephen Gribble. Miss Jorrocks considers this gives her a rural air when she returns to the city in pursuit of her daytime occupation. It also makes her aware that we are fortunate to gallop about leaving hoof prints all over carefully maintained farmland on a regular basis and she resolved to pay careful attention to not cutting the corners on headlands this season.

Miss Jorrocks was also delighted to see the careful attention paid to green and red ribbons in various horses’ tails and to observe a proper hunting gentleman trotting down the road with an open palm facing outwards held behind his back. This alerted Miss Jorrocks to the risk his mount may fly buck as hounds went away and she steered a cautious path to give him room. Such simple hand signals are so useful and Miss Jorrocks would love to see them in more regular usage.

Four hunts made up the day and the Huntsman blew for home around noon. We were soon boxed up and enjoying sausage and bacon rolls and hot drinks kindly provided by Tom Halpen. These baguettes were of such enormous proportions that Miss Jorrocks felt like a little reptile on the way home and considered she may not need to eat again for a least a week. An approach her mare would doubtless fully endorse!

Miss Jorrocks will be hard at work preparing for the opening meet in the coming days and looks forward with great enthusiasm to the season ahead.

 

Miss Jorrocks reminder on Kennel Cough

Miss Jorrocks is so looking forward to the season and is very sorry she cannot join the Puppy hunt today. Sadly she has to pedal her hamster wheel in order to generate funds to keep her mare and Collie dog in luxury.

Miss Jorrocks was very alarmed to learn that Kennel Cough is once again rampant in her area with our colleagues, the Old Surrey and Burstow West Kent, expressing grave concern about the risk.

Miss Jorrocks, being a naturally simple minded creature, once cheerfully informed our Huntsman that she had no worries about letting her cur dog near the hounds because he was fully vaccinated and wouldn't catch anything. "It's not YOUR dog I'm worried about", came the swift riposte.

So please, please don't be a Miss Jorrocks - keep all cur dogs (that is the correct term for any dog that is not a hound - Miss Jorrocks is so proper!) WELL AWAY from the hounds. After all you wouldn't want to catch something - like a ticking off from the Master!

Happy hunting! See you Sunday.

Miss Jorrocks


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COAKHAM BLOODHOUNDS 2014
MEET AT 12 NOON

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OCTOBER

19th CHERRY CROFT FARM, HERSTMONCEUX, BN27 1QJ
by kind invitation of Miss C. Richardson

 


WED 22nd TYE FARM, EDENBRIDGE ROAD, HARTFIELD, TN7 4JR
by kind invitation of Mr R Pothecary

 


26th BARONS GRANGE, IDEN, TN31 7UU
by kind invitation of the Ramus family

 

 


NOVEMBER
2 GREAT HOLLANDEN FARM, UNDERRIVER, TN15 0SQ
by kind invitation of Mr & Mrs B Brooks

3 MONTAGUE, HANKHAM, BN24 5BB
by kind invitation of Mrs J Glessing & Mr & Mrs M Hole

9 ATTWOOD FARM, BODLE STREET GREEN, BN27 4RA
(Remembrance Sunday)
by kind invitation of Mr & Mrs J Petrides & Mr & Mrs N Godwin

WED 12 SEE FACEBOOK

FRI 14 COLBRANS FARM, LAUGHTON, BN8 6BZ
by kind invitation of Mr & Mrs J Simpson

16 FRANKHAM FARM, MARK CROSS, TN6 3PD
by kind invitation of Mr & Mrs Watts

FRI 21 QUIZ NIGHT, BODLE STREET VILLAGE HALL, BN27 4RA
see facebook for details. Tickets available at tea after hunting

23 SEE FACEBOOK

WED 26 RICKNEY FARM, RICKNEY BRIDGE, BN27 1SF
by kind invitation of Mr & Mrs R Miles

30 ST CLERE ESTATE, HEVERHAM, KENT, TN15 6NP
by kind invitation of Mr & Mrs S Ecclestone

DECEMBER
WED 3 SEE FACEBOOK

7 LARKINS BREWERY, CHIDDINGSTONE, TN8 7BB
by kind invitation of Mr B Docherty

14 FIRLE PLACE, FIRLE, BN8 6LP
by kind invitation of the Rt Hon. Viscount H. N. Gage

21 MONTAGUE, HANKHAM, BN24 5BB
by kind invitation of Mrs J Glessing & Mr & Mrs M Hole

TUES 23 BARONS GRANGE, IDEN, TN31 7UU
by kind invitation of the Ramus family

FRI 26 EIGHT BELLS, JEVINGTON (Boxing Day)

28 SEE FACEBOOK

JANUARY

FRI 2 THE SUSSEX OX, MILTON STREET, POLEGATE, BN26 5RL


Miss Jorrocks goes Puppy Hunting


On Sunday 28th September hounds met at Knockholt as the guests of Mr Wickins.  This was a first visit to this piece of country for the Coakham and a gift from heaven for Miss Jorrocks, who stables her mare just 20 minutes away by hoof.

The day dawned bright and sunny and it was hard to believe this was the last Sunday in September, such was the warmth.  For a first time visit word had spread and the field had many visitors, all of whom turned out to be incredibly competent on well behaved steeds.  Even the more enthusiastic horses were well managed and, despite the occasional undoubtedly hairy moment for their riders, caused no problems at all.

Miss Jorrocks being, as regular readers will remember, a lady of a certain age and of a nervous disposition found herself appointed a native guide for those wishing to miss out the fixed fences - all of which were optional.  Miss Jorrocks assumed this office with a bustling air of self importance and positioned herself, as instructed, in the middle of the field with her charges behind her.  She caused a considerable degree of confusion as we set off when she saw the horses ahead of her stopping at a bend whereupon she cried "hold hard" in ringing tones.  The horses in front of her pulled up abruptly and the horses behind clattered up to see what all the commotion was about.  This was not the outcome Miss Jorrocks had planned but thankfully everyone untangled themselves quite quickly and we resumed our canter in short order.  Miss Jorrocks, however, was somewhat disrupted and forgot to go straight on at the left turn thereby avoiding a  brush fence and a boundary.  As we cantered towards it there were murmurings about the "way round" from behind but it was too late and the horses in front pulled us over with everyone making the leap successfully on the first attempt.  Miss Jorrocks felt obliged to apologise but took comfort from the smiling faces on the riders.

The day moved on swiftly with three hunts on the same estate.  The turf was ancient, sheep grazed and springy, and the countryside beautiful to behold.  Our farming host had moved sheep, opened gates, and had clearly made every effort to ensure that a cohort of complete strangers enjoyed a glorious morning out galloping around his office.  No doubt, as we trundled off in time for lunch, he was busy putting them back and closing gates.  A generosity of spirit indeed!

Master Blagg was on usual form tormenting poor Miss Jorrocks and attempting to give her the vapours.  As we approached the end of the second hunt he instructed we spread out and give room at the big hedge, which loomed large just one field ahead.  Miss Jorrocks gathered her charges about her and took them a safe distance away only to watch Master Blagg and his "jumpers" walk through the gateway.  Well really!  Poor Miss Jorrocks - she doesn't need any assistance to look an idiot she can do that all on her own!

The third hunt finished just a few yards from where we began and we had cause to be very pleased with the puppies all of whom had hunted carefully and accurately despite the distractions of Sunday morning walkers on the many footpaths thereabouts and the many deer in the woods several of which Miss Jorrocks passed on the roadside homeward looking surprised but otherwise undisrupted.

It was a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning and Miss Jorrocks hopes we will be permitted to return in the future.


Coakham at Peterborough - Champion Bloodhound Invader

The results from Peterborough Bloodhound Show
Entered Dog 1st Coakham Invader
Unentered Bitch 1st Coakham Romance 2nd Coakham Debra
Entered Bitch 1st Coakham Empress 2nd Coakham Hyacinth
Couples 2nd Coakham Honey and Humble
Champion Bloodhound in show Coakham Invader
He is the 16th Coakham champion in the last 18 years