Established in 1859, the Irish Masters of Foxhounds Association (IMFHA) represents the interests of 41 foxhunting packs in Ireland. It governs all matters connected to foxhunting legislation, regulation, conservation, education, communications and finance.
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At Stradbally Hall, Stradbally, Co Laois
(By kind permission of the Cosby family)
Some exhibiting packs may be concerned as to the dress of exhibiting packs for Sunday’s Foxhound Show amidst our present heat wave. After consulting a cross section of senior professional huntsmen of exhibiting packs the unanimous view was that proper hunting dress should be worn. The current forecast for Sunday on three weather web sites differs slightly but all warn of cooler temperatures (max 22c), cloud, breeze (18 km/h) and perhaps an occasional shower and maybe a thunderstorm.
On this basis hunting dress will be worn. Should conditions become excessive the Show Officials will exercise the option for competing hunt staff to change into ‘white coat order’ (bowler hat, white coat, shirt, tie, trousers and shoes) so exhibitors are asked to bring these items to the Show. Dress should not change without instruction from the main ring stewards.
Hounds pant at the best of times but exhibiting packs should ensure there is no overcrowding in hound vehicles and that a plentiful supply of water is available to their charges. The show will ensure drinking water is inside the collecting ring.
Any queries please contact the Stradbally Show Chairman (David Lalor MFH 087 254 2114)
or show Secretary (Roddy Bailey 086 263 5895).
Our latest featured article, entitled 'Huntsman's Hints', is an edited extract from Hunting Hints & Breeding Thoughts by Roddy Bailey published in 2017.