Hound sponsorship is now available for the season 2018-2019
The Rockwood Harriers has a wonderful pack of Hounds, which are kennelled, between Skelmonthorpe and Emley at the Rockwood Hunt kennels. They are looked after all year by our kennelman, Derry Wells as well as Joe Carby our Huntsman.
Supported by a good team of excellent helpers on hunting days and in the week.
The hunt staff ensure the hounds are well fed, they are micro chipped and vaccinated and the staff are trained to meet their day to day needs. Each hound has its own personality and character and Joe considers this when choosing which hounds to bring to which meet.
Each season for £20 per hound you can choose a hound to follow all season and this raises funds to help towards the costs of caring for our hounds. Each sponsor has a colour photo and certificate of your hound. The hound is yours to take an interest in, for the coming season. It can be quite a challenge to recognise your hound when in the pack with all the others!
Thank you to all our supporters who have sponsored a hound already and if you would like to sponsor a hound this season please let Tessa know.
There will be a prize for the supporter who takes a keen interest in their hound through the season and this will be presented at the Puppy Show in the summer.
We also award a rosette for the best dog, best bitch, best new entry hound and for the most improved hound over the season.
Our hounds have an amazing history which is recorded in our Hunt Stud Book. Every year we aim to have a litter of puppies from one of our best bitches and using other Harrier packs Stallion Dogs. At about 10 weeks old hound puppies will go out to supporters, (speak to Joe or Tessa if you would like to walk puppies) to spend time in a family where they learn all about life before returning to kennels. They are at least a year old when they start coming out hunting.
Hounds are counted in couples and at kennels there are up to 31.5 couple of hounds. On a hunting day about half will be out. The others may be puppies being walked, bitches in season and hounds that are resting or recovering from an injury.
To follow the progress of hounds the hunt staff are very happy to chat about each of the hounds. They are not all out at each meet as you will appreciate they need a rest after a long day, they could be recovering from a knock or sprain or in season and you are very welcome to arrange with the hunt staff to call in at kennels.
I look forward to seeing you at the Rockwood Harriers Hunt events,
Tessa Downs, 07508674941