News

MSSH June Pleasure Ride at Ticknall

* * * Due to the recent weather conditions we have taken the decision to postpone - future date to be confirmed * * *

GARTHORPE – REPORT

GOING – WATERING is still in progress, on the racing line, with the aim to deliver SAFE Jumping ground as close to GOOD as practical. The Local Course Inspector was impressed with the irrigation efforts and results when he walked the course yesterday

WEATHER – With the exception of a light shower on Wednesday night the rain and showers have by-passed Garthorpe which remains dry and breezy. Friday – dry with Temps 19-20’C in south westerly breeze. Warm on Friday night with Saturday warmer, 22-24’C and light southerly wind

WATERING – Watering commenced on Tuesday and will continue until late today (Friday). If the forecast remains for Saturday to be a hot day, then there will be some light selective watering on Saturday morning to help maintain moisture levels. Only the Racing Line is being watered.

COURSE LAYOUT –Fences moved towards to the inside by at least 12 feet to ensure fresh ground. Fence 8 – (Known as downhill fence) moved to the end of the back straight (as in previous years for this meeting) Bends all moved in too to provide maximum amount of fresh ground and racing line Course at its shortest and all fence by-passing will be to the outside.

MORE INFORMATION –For any further Going/Weather updates please contact Brian Crawford – Clerk of the Course – 07721 660162 or, failing him, call the Secretary – Charlie Moore – 07764 255500. Please be mindful about the times of your calls. We are all volunteers and have ‘day jobs’ too.

RACING IN HOT CONDITIONS –All participants are asked to help monitor their horses throughout the day and to bring ample cold water and washing off kit with them. Veterinary help and advice will be on had at all times

TIME OF REPORT/UPDATE – 6.00am – Friday 31st June

It’s nearly here again – a month to go and it’s our annual Point‐to‐Point – SATURDAY 1st JUNE at GARTHORPE near Melton Mowbray.

Of course, the sun will be shining! So, come and bring the family, a picnic and spend a day in the lovely Leicestershire countryside?

Of course, there’s the Racing but there’s more…

There’s a licensed Bar, Bookies, Bouncy Castles and some brilliant food outlets if you don’t want to do your own catering.

Our outline programme is as follows:

1.45pm 2 Pony Races

2.30pm the 1st of 7 Point to Point Jumps Races

3.45pm Hound Parade

5.55pm Final Race

Do please come, we’d love to see you there.

For more details on any of the above please see Point to Point or contact Louise: louise.moore@mssh.co.uk

From The Chairman and Masters

You will be pleased to know that following the Masters’ recommendation and the Committee’s approval, the Hunt has invited Guy Landau to become a Joint Master next season and to hunt our Hounds. Some of you will know Guy as he is a long-time friend of David and Elaine Barker’s and shared their interests in hunting, hounds and hound breeding. He judged at our Puppy Show in 2016.

For those less familiar with Guy:

  • He grew up riding ponies and horses in the Pony Club and hunting field
  • He rode point-to-point winners aged 16 before riding on the flat for Guy Harwood but was soon – in his own words - too heavy!
  • He switched to jumping becoming champion conditional and first jockey to Stan Mellor and three times champion jockey in Paris riding some 500 winners in his career.
  • After racing followed a 12 year stint of producing top level show horses (similar to David Barker) based in Sussex.
  • Having hunted all his life and being a most capable horseman he always rode with the huntsman before the chance came to hunt hounds himself .
  • He hunted the West Somerset Vale for three seasons
  • After this followed a short stint at the Morpeth
  • He is now coming to the end of his fourth season hunting the Taunton Vale where he has made quite an impact

Commenting on his appointment Guy said:

“ I am flattered and very much looking forward to coming to the Meynell and honestly believe my family (wife Emma and two teenage children) will have a great time. Let’s try to take the Meynell back to the top of the ‘premiership’ where it belongs”

With Guy’s help and support we are now looking to recruit and appoint a Kennel Huntsman to support him. News on this will follow before too long. In the meantime we look forward to enjoying the rest of this season with Sam Staniland who together with our hounds is going well.

Should anyone have any queries please contact Nick Alexander.

MSSH Mugs

Set of 4 mugs with hound pics one side and MSSH logo the other. £30 set or £8 individual mugs. Limited supplies please contact Sally Johnson sally.johnson@mssh.co.uk if you want to reserve a set.

Children’s Mock Hunt on Thursday 3rd January 2019

This event will not involve any MSSH hounds - older children will play the part of the hounds with a human fox. Can you find the fox and the sweets he has hidden?

There will be two groups:

· Group 1 with optional jumping

· Group 2 suitable for novices, nervous riders or horses and for young children and lead reins.

All riders to be mounted by 11.45am to move off at 12 noon. The route will be set and will last about 2 hours maximum.

· Lead rein £5

· Other children £10

· Adults £20

Please put your money in an envelope with your name and contact details written on it.

(Adults are very welcome to come on horseback or follow on bikes – if coming on horseback, please come on sensible horses). If you have hunting attire or a hacking jacket please wear it, but don’t worry if not - Pony Club dress / waterproofs are fine, especially if the weather is poor.

Prizes for smartest rider and pony and for the best-behaved pony. Hotdogs and refreshments will be available afterwards.

The parking and meet for the Mock Hunt is Wade Lane, Hill Ridware WS15 3RE by kind permission of Mr and Mrs A Froggatt.

Please book in with Rachael Morley on 07889 083194 or email morley274@btinternet.com

Statement from the Meynell & South Staffs Hunt

A spokesperson for the Meynell & South Staffordshire Hunt said: "While trail-hunting within the law on Tuesday 18th December, some hounds unexpectedly entered the grounds of Langley Alpacas. The hounds were removed as quickly as possible and representatives from the hunt continue to liaise with the owners of the herd. The hunt sends their sincere apologies to all concerned regarding this very unfortunate incident and are hopeful there will be no lasting damage to the alpaca herd.

"The Hunt has always enjoyed good relationships within the local community including with members of the public and our many farmers and landowners. Thankfully incidents such as this are a very rare occurrence but in the event of any concerns as a result of our hunting activities we always endeavour to deal with them as promptly as possible."

Our Year in Pictures!

From Tue 27th Nov the

MSSH Yearbook 2017-18

will be available from

Alex Clarke and Sally Johnson

Hundreds of photos from every one of our events, your hounds, your friends and probably you too! Copies can be reserved if you bring payment to a meet.

We have a book for you!

£25 each

(limited copies available)

The Year Book will make an ideal Christmas present.

To reserve your copy(ies) please contact ALEX CLARKE. On receipt of your cash, cheque or BACS transfer your copy will be reserved.

If paying by BACS in to the Hunt Account (Sort Code 60-12-01; Acc No 85558311) please use the reference YB2018

Alex Clarke can be contacted on 07970 931943 or via e-mail alexclarke1@hotmail.co.uk

Hat-tastic Ball

Hosted by The Meynell

& South Staffordshire Hunt

The 1907 Suite – Uttoxeter Racecourse

Uttoxeter – Staffordshire – ST14 8BD

23rd November 2018

7:30pm – 1am

Supporting Children in Need

Tickets £65

Black or white tie & your hat of choice

Enquiries to huntball@mssh.co.uk

or call Christabel on 07817 833028


David Barker's funeral

Just to let everyone know that David Barker’s funeral will be on Friday October 26th at 12.00 at Ellastone Church.

No flowers by request. Donations to the Midland Air Ambulance Charity.

Please could you share this with anyone that you think might like to know.

David Barker - former Meynell & South Staffordshire Huntsman

It is with much sadness that we have to report the death of David Barker.

David was a farmer, Olympic Show Jumper (1962 European Champion), producer of Show horses and outstanding Huntsman.

He hunted the Whaddon Chase and then the Meynell & South Staffordshire where the sport he provided was legendary.

He was a great friend and confidant to many. He will be much missed.

Our thoughts are with Elaine and his family.


Newcomers’ and Pony Club Week 2018

Tuesday 16 October - Old Hall, Dunstall DE13 8BE

Thursday 18 October - Lane End Farm, Mugginton Lane End DE6 4PP

Saturday 20 October - Oaklands Farm, Admaston WS15 3NW

We will meet at 8am and will cater for all ages and abilities. Please share this with anyone that you think might like to come along. Hunting is a great way to see different areas of the country, to make friends and to watch hounds work which is a very special experience. The aim of this week is to introduce as many new faces to the hunting field as possible and to encourage those that have never been hunting before to give it a try. If you have a hacking jacket please wear it, but don’t worry if not - no special clothes or kit are needed to take part! There is no need to plait. Although please have a piece of paper in your pocket with name, address and telephone number of contact person if needed.

All newcomers are welcome:

Adults: £20

Children: £10

Please put your money in an envelope with your name and contact details written on it.

We just ask that you book in with Rachael Morley on 07889 083194 or email morley274@btinternet.com so that we have a rough idea of numbers and can give you some directions regarding parking, etc. More information also available on www.mssh.co.uk/newcomers-and-visitors


MSSH Hat-tastic Ball - Save the Date!

At 1907 Suite, Uttoxeter Racecourse

Full details will be available soon!

Tickets £65

MSSH Team Chase and Novice Hunter Trial - CANCELLED

13/09/18: Following a meeting last night, we have with great reluctance, decided to cancel the team chase for 2018. Ground conditions at Boothay have not improved, even after the recent rainfall and with little rain in prospect over the next fourteen days, we have decided that it would be unsafe to both horses and riders to run the event.

MSSH Branded Merchandise

You can now purchase quality MSSH branded merchandise. It is really easy to order and there is a great range of clothing from Polo Shirts to Soft Shell jackets at very competitive prices. You could even buy a mug!

Go to the Merchandise page to see the full range.

MSSH Team Chase and Novice Hunter Trial — Aug 27, 2018 11:04:44 AM

September Pleasure Ride — Aug 15, 2018 7:35:53 PM

Mounted Hound Exercise — Aug 15, 2018 7:30:37 PM

Reeling Party — Jul 25, 2018 1:40:45 PM

August Pleasure Ride — Jul 20, 2018 6:46:15 PM

Pleasure Ride 22 July at Stydd — Jul 3, 2018 10:30:07 AM

Geoff Billington Demo — Jun 20, 2018 10:04:12 PM

MSSH Terrier, Lurcher & Companion Dog Show — Jun 11, 2018 2:15:54 PM

Kennels Open Evening — Jun 5, 2018 1:19:59 PM

Pleasure Ride - Sunday 10th June — May 28, 2018 8:22:00 PM

NEW!! MSSH Branded Merchandise — May 17, 2018 8:11:17 PM

Badminton Course Walk with Dag Albert — May 1, 2018 11:04:07 AM

April Pleasure Ride postponed — Apr 28, 2018 4:27:42 PM

Meynell Success — Apr 23, 2018 10:31:01 AM

Roughing Off Party — Mar 20, 2018 9:55:45 AM

MSSH Tumblers Club — Mar 13, 2018 10:25:11 AM

MSSH Beanies — Mar 9, 2018 4:13:24 PM

MSSH Hunt Ball Snow update — Mar 1, 2018 11:35:13 AM

MSSH Pleasure Ride 29 April 2018 — Feb 28, 2018 8:26:50 PM

Hunt Ball Silent Auction — Feb 27, 2018 12:12:55 PM

MSSH 50 Bird Clay Shoot — Feb 20, 2018 10:56:45 PM

Hunt Ball After Dinner Tickets — Feb 20, 2018 7:41:53 PM

Roughing Off Party 2018 — Feb 16, 2018 6:42:42 PM

Hunting for all — Feb 14, 2018 9:26:16 PM

Love is in the Air! — Feb 13, 2018 6:39:36 PM

MSSH 200 club winners — Jan 31, 2018 11:45:13 PM

Hunt ball - photo competition! — Jan 25, 2018 7:09:05 PM

Shirley Edwards — Jan 9, 2018 10:43:27 PM

JOIN US FOR LADIES DAY! — Dec 30, 2017 9:09:18 PM

MSSH 3 for 2 Christmas Offer — Dec 23, 2017 6:49:43 PM

The 12 Hounds of Christmas Competition — Nov 18, 2017 8:20:20 PM

November Pub of the Month — Nov 18, 2017 8:14:58 PM

Boxing Day and New Year meets — Nov 13, 2017 1:59:40 PM

Team Chase report in H&H — Sep 28, 2017 6:58:01 PM

Promise Auction Prize Draw — Sep 23, 2017 6:19:05 PM

Newcomers’ and Pony Club Week 2017 — Sep 21, 2017 10:04:36 PM

Pub of the Month is back! — Aug 29, 2017 9:51:50 PM

MSSH November Racing at Countryside Day — Aug 26, 2017 10:44:39 AM

MSSH September Pleasure Ride Cawarden — Aug 26, 2017 10:41:31 AM

MSSH Promise Auction — Aug 8, 2017 3:14:36 PM

MSSH August Pleasure Ride Kingstone — Aug 1, 2017 3:40:16 PM

Tumblers Club Presentation to DLRAA — Jul 4, 2017 9:23:06 PM

MSSH July Pleasure Ride - Catton — Jun 20, 2017 6:57:07 PM

June activities! — May 30, 2017 8:22:13 PM

MSSH May Pleasure Ride, Weston Underwood — May 1, 2017 10:14:37 PM

MSSH April Pleasure Ride Ticknall — Mar 31, 2017 2:56:46 PM

MSSH 200 Club - February and March draw results — Mar 19, 2017 4:50:02 PM

Tumblers Club Awards 2016-17 — Mar 19, 2017 4:37:20 PM

Roughing Off Party — Mar 10, 2017 8:43:52 PM

Hunt Ball News — Feb 19, 2017 3:38:02 PM

MSSH Pub of the Month — Feb 16, 2017 8:49:38 PM

Special offer! — Feb 8, 2017 7:59:32 PM

MSSH Anoki Evening — Feb 3, 2017 10:18:43 AM

MSSH 200 Club Draw Results — Jan 24, 2017 7:41:08 PM

*Pub of the Month* is back! — Jan 23, 2017 12:30:18 PM

MSSH Hunt Ball 2017 — Jan 20, 2017 8:25:45 PM

Ladies Day — Jan 12, 2017 10:52:12 PM

TOMORROW'S MEET - Mon 2 January - Market Place, Uttoxeter — Jan 1, 2017 12:25:15 PM

MSSH Ladies Day — Dec 21, 2016 10:48:08 AM

Sixpence and Saddler — Dec 13, 2016 8:04:21 PM

Special Christmas Offer — Dec 12, 2016 9:18:03 PM

Boxing Day and New Year meets — Dec 6, 2016 10:39:45 PM

MSSH Hunt Quiz — Dec 6, 2016 10:06:25 PM

MSSH 200 Club 2016-17 — Nov 27, 2016 10:01:48 PM

New page - Tumblers Club — Nov 24, 2016 10:33:59 PM

Early Season Ball – auction preview! — Nov 13, 2016 5:29:52 PM

MSSH Christmas Shopping Bazaar — Oct 12, 2016 9:34:53 PM

Newcomers’ and Pony Club Week 2016 — Oct 4, 2016 2:22:49 PM

Team Chase — Sep 23, 2016 9:34:00 PM

September Pub of the Month — Sep 7, 2016 8:33:53 PM

West Midlands PC visit the kennels — Aug 28, 2016 8:02:56 PM

MSSH Clay Shoot — Aug 10, 2016 7:03:50 PM

Prints of Bicentenary Painting — Jul 24, 2016 11:20:19 AM

Hound show successes — Jul 14, 2016 11:20:10 PM

MSSH POTM! — Jul 13, 2016 10:40:01 PM

Ben Hobday Eventing Demonstration — Jun 28, 2016 9:22:56 PM

MSSH July Pleasure Ride — Jun 26, 2016 8:01:23 PM

Lurcher puppy — Jun 18, 2016 8:33:43 AM

Annual Open Evening — Jun 16, 2016 9:51:25 PM

MSSH Terrier, Lurcher and Dog Show Sunday 1 June 2016 — Jun 14, 2016 10:47:38 PM

MSSH Point to Point Garthorpe Saturday 4 June — Jun 1, 2016 10:19:09 PM

Bicentenary Painting — May 29, 2016 4:21:33 PM

Dates for your diary! — Apr 25, 2016 11:10:51 PM

Scropton Riding and Driving Centre Presentation — Apr 25, 2016 10:07:12 PM

Countryside Evening at Southwell — Mar 25, 2016 3:43:08 PM

Hunt Ball Silent Auction — Feb 18, 2016 9:38:51 PM

Buy the Secret Key! — Feb 18, 2016 9:16:13 PM

MSSH Hunt Ball Tickets 2016 — Jan 31, 2016 7:32:50 PM

MSSH Anoki Evening — Jan 24, 2016 11:10:13 PM

Bicentenary photo available to purchase — Jan 21, 2016 9:01:59 PM

MSSH Hunt Ball 2016 & Hunting Special Deal — Jan 12, 2016 10:44:48 AM

MSSH Bi-Centenary Meet — Jan 10, 2016 10:22:09 PM

MSSH Quiz and “Play Your Cards Right” Entertainment Evening! — Jan 6, 2016 12:36:26 PM

Thank you! — Jan 3, 2016 7:29:09 PM

Christmas and New Year meets — Dec 19, 2015 11:40:02 PM

2016 Ball Tickets now on sale! — Dec 17, 2015 9:51:35 PM

MSSH HSC Annual Dinner — Dec 7, 2015 12:18:28 AM

18-30s day 2015 — Nov 27, 2015 6:56:53 PM

MSSH Early Season Ball 2015 — Oct 19, 2015 6:07:54 PM

MSSH Hedgelaying competition — Oct 18, 2015 10:33:48 PM

MSSH Newcomers' and Pony Club Meet — Sep 30, 2015 9:00:38 PM

MSSH Bazaar — Sep 24, 2015 8:44:11 PM

Meynell & Wynnstay London Party — Sep 9, 2015 8:20:21 PM

Dates for your diary — Jul 24, 2015 1:17:33 PM

Breaking news: lobby your MP to vote for hunting — Jul 8, 2015 9:22:24 PM

Meynell and South Staffs Hunt Calendar Competition 2016 — Jul 6, 2015 7:38:58 PM

Terrier and Lurcher Show photos — Jun 26, 2015 8:43:24 AM

Lurcher qualifier — Jun 14, 2015 2:44:27 PM

Terrier and Lurcher and Fun Dog Show with Dog Agility — May 26, 2015 8:11:27 PM

Repeal the Hunting Act - take action now! — May 22, 2015 7:58:45 PM

Picnic Ball — May 17, 2015 7:01:47 PM

Open Gardens Evening — May 13, 2015 9:06:24 PM

General Election — May 6, 2015 7:50:25 PM

Point to Point Garthorpe, Saturday 30 May — May 3, 2015 8:58:50 PM

MSSH Vote OK — May 1, 2015 10:35:22 PM

Spring and Summer dates for your diary — Apr 21, 2015 9:09:24 PM

MSSH April Pleasure Ride — Apr 3, 2015 10:44:51 AM

MSSH 'Vote-OK' General Election Campaign 31/03/15 — Mar 31, 2015 11:27:31 AM

MSSH March Pleasure Ride — Mar 6, 2015 9:14:26 PM

Hunt Ball photos — Mar 3, 2015 8:49:45 PM

Preview of the Hunt Ball Auction Lots — Feb 23, 2015 7:11:07 PM

MSSH Roughing Off Party — Feb 10, 2015 10:14:56 PM

MSSH Anoki evening — Feb 5, 2015 9:37:28 PM

MSSH Hunt Ball and hunting special deal — Jan 22, 2015 7:33:57 PM

Hunt Supporters Club Spring Events — Jan 3, 2015 12:24:59 PM

Pony racing for hunting ponies — Jan 3, 2015 12:07:34 PM

Christmas Meets 2014/15 — Dec 19, 2014 9:51:17 PM

MSSH Hunt Ball 28 February 2015 — Dec 11, 2014 10:31:23 PM

MSSH Calendar — Nov 9, 2014 7:00:24 PM

18~30s Day — Oct 17, 2014 9:51:49 PM

The Holly Prince Trust & MSSH Charity Christmas Market — Oct 17, 2014 9:41:13 PM

Early Season Ball Saturday 15 November — Oct 4, 2014 12:33:36 PM

MSSH Pleasure Ride Sunday 19th October 2014 — Oct 4, 2014 11:24:57 AM

Charlie Moores cycle challenge — Sep 27, 2014 7:55:32 PM

Newcomers’ Meet on Saturday 25 October 2014 — Sep 21, 2014 8:22:44 PM

MSSH Picnic Ball 20 September 2014 — Aug 22, 2014 7:25:33 PM

MSSH Pre-Season Party! — Aug 22, 2014 7:22:50 PM

MSSH Pleasure Ride 21 September 2014 — Aug 22, 2014 7:19:56 PM

MSSH Team Chase 28 September 2014 — Aug 17, 2014 9:14:22 PM

MSSH Pleasure Ride Catton 17th August 2014 — Jul 29, 2014 8:50:47 PM

Charlie takes a snooze! — Jul 18, 2014 3:49:35 PM

Inter-Hunt Polo Tournament Rutland Polo Club Saturday and Sunday 19th/20th July 2014 — Jul 18, 2014 3:20:17 PM

MSSH Pleasure Ride CANCELLED — Jul 14, 2014 10:50:09 PM

MSSH Pleasure Ride Sunday 20th July — Jul 10, 2014 9:50:55 PM

2014-15 Subscription Rates - Early Bird Offer — Jul 9, 2014 10:21:38 PM

MSSH Cricket Match Friday 11th July 2014 — Jun 21, 2014 8:44:00 PM

MSSH June Pleasure Ride Sunday 29th June — Jun 14, 2014 7:20:33 PM

Annual Open Evening - Wednesday 25th June at 6.30pm — Jun 1, 2014 8:02:19 PM

Point to Point update — May 30, 2014 5:40:34 PM

Terrier, Lurcher and Companion Dog Show on Sunday 15th June — May 28, 2014 9:01:56 PM

Change of Venue for Pleasure Ride on Sunday — May 21, 2014 7:58:30 PM

MSSH May Pleasure Ride Sunday 25th May 2014 — May 1, 2014 10:16:08 PM

MSSH Charity Rugby Match — Mar 28, 2014 12:38:28 PM

Roughing Off Party — Mar 13, 2014 8:37:34 PM

Hunt Ball Photos — Mar 5, 2014 8:43:15 PM

Hunt Ball Auction Lots — Feb 25, 2014 7:56:12 PM

Hunt Ball — Feb 19, 2014 6:19:20 PM

Pony Club Meet - change of venue — Feb 17, 2014 8:36:24 PM

Helping Farmers Affected by the Floods — Feb 14, 2014 5:24:52 PM

Future Events — Jan 28, 2014 10:02:11 PM

New Year's Day — Jan 3, 2014 8:41:27 PM

Boxing Day meet photos — Dec 27, 2013 2:29:44 PM

Christmas Meets — Dec 22, 2013 3:18:06 PM

MSSH 2014 Calendar — Dec 5, 2013 11:13:01 PM

Supporters Club Upcoming Events — Dec 1, 2013 10:26:54 PM

Early Season Ball 2013 — Nov 25, 2013 12:36:10 PM

18-30's post hunting party — Nov 17, 2013 5:41:15 PM

18~30s meet — Nov 3, 2013 8:27:49 PM

2013 Holly Prince Trust Christmas Market - update — Oct 29, 2013 6:35:01 PM

Newcomers Meet — Oct 19, 2013 11:03:53 AM

2013 Holly Prince Trust Christmas Market — Oct 17, 2013 8:30:04 PM

Update on return to kennels puppy walk — Oct 8, 2013 10:25:24 PM

Cawarden Springs Photos — Oct 7, 2013 8:36:34 PM

Country Trust Visit to the MSSH — Oct 5, 2013 1:02:09 PM

MSSH Team Chase photos — Oct 5, 2013 10:54:23 AM

Photos — Oct 2, 2013 9:36:41 PM

Team Chase/Hunter Trial close of Entry Date has been extended — Sep 24, 2013 8:17:29 PM

Return to Kennels Puppy Walk — Sep 15, 2013 5:59:17 PM

Early Season Ball — Sep 1, 2013 4:17:14 PM

Team Chase and Novice Hunter Trial — Aug 21, 2013 8:48:59 PM

Cricket Match Report — Jul 15, 2013 7:26:59 PM

Dog Show — Jun 18, 2013 6:43:50 PM

MSSH Point to Point, Garthorpe Sunday 2nd June 2013 — Jun 3, 2013 4:53:30 PM

Facebook — May 23, 2013 10:49:57 PM

New Team for 2013 — May 22, 2013 9:31:57 PM

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Annual Open Evening at the Kennels — Oct 13, 2009 12:34:09 AM

— Oct 12, 2009 11:33:21 PM