Fergus Stokes Huntsman, Co. Limerick Foxhounds. Photo © Catherine Power.

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2016 was an eventful year for the IMFHA with David Lalor, Master of the Laois Hunt, taking over as Chairman, replacing Rupert Macauley of the West Wicklow Foxhounds, who was chairman from 2012-2016. This year's events include the IMFHA Annual Show which will be held on the 2nd July 2017, as part of the National Hound Show at Stradbally Hall. (Scroll down for further information and to download the entry form and class schedule.)

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Lalor elected Chariman of IMFHA

THE election of David Lalor as chairman of the Irish Masters of Foxhounds Association heralds a new order in the leadership of foxhunting in Ireland.

The IMFHA has been in existence since 1859 and is an all-Ireland body, representing the 49 registered packs of foxhounds in Ireland and playing both a regulatory and advisory role.

Lalor is the long-time master of the Laois Hunt, with which his family has been associated for several generations, and is the chairman of the Hunting Association of Ireland (HAI).

He replaces Rupert Macauley of the West Wicklow Foxhounds, who has been chairman since 2012.

Lalor brings a wealth of knowledge to his role having served as vice chairman for 10 seasons. He comes from a farming background near Ballacolla and has hosted the National Ploughing Championships on his farm more than once.

Lalor has close associations with the main farming organisations, particularly the IFA, and he is also the main organiser of the National Hound Show, run annually at Stradbally Hall.

Lalor has close associations with the main farming organisations, particularly the IFA, and he is also the main organiser of the National Hound Show, run annually at Stradbally Hall.

Dickie Power, The Irish Field, 16.09.2017

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IMFHA Annual Show 2017

The popular IMFHA Annual Show is at Stradbally Hall, Co Laois on Sunday 2nd July 2017. The Foxhound ring includes two Unentered Championships, the Irish Field sponsored ‘Old English’ class for young hounds and the Horse & Hound Cup for the best two young bitches. Along with the Harrier & Beagle classes held in adjacent rings the foxhound show forms part of Ireland’s National Hound Show.

This year includes a new team class for doghounds which demonstrates the strength of Irish kennels.

Held by kind permission of the Cosby family starting at 10.15 am the show attracts hunts from all over Ireland. This year’s judging team is Robin Vestey MFH (the Thurlow) and Charles Clark MFH (the Holderness) for the doghounds. Richard Tyacke MFH (Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn’s) and Oliver Dale MFH (the Ludlow) will assess the bitches. Masters of ‘Old English’ type foxhounds are evident on both teams – Charles Clark of the Old English Holderness kennel and Richard Tyacke of the famous Old English ‘Wynnstay’ (Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn’s).

Downloads: Foxhound Class Schedules - Terms & Conditions  - Entry Form.
The closing date for entries is Thursday 15th June 2017.

For further information please contact David Lalor, Chairman, IMFHA on 087 254 2114 or email dlalor@imfha.ie OR Entries Secretary, Roddy Bailey on 086 268 5895 or email roderic2@eircom.net

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