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.)
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).
This year's Hound Show at Curraghmore takes place on the 11th June, starting at 12 pm.
Entered Dog - Entered Bitch - Unentered dog - Unentered bitch
Couple of unentered dogs - Couple of unentered bitches
Brood bitch - Stallion hound - Champion Dog - Champion Bitch - Overall Champion
There will be an Old English ring and a Modern ring.
Wednesday 19th July 2017 to be held at the East of England Showground Peterborough
For further information please contact Jeremy Staples, Secretary, Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show Society
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For the McCalmont Trophy
Won in 2016 by Meadbh Scally, Westmeath Hunt Branch
1st: Ronan Molony, Kildare Hunt Branch
2nd: Paul Hart, Kildare Hunt Branch
3rd: Jack Lucy, Muskerry Hunt Branch
4th: Meadbh Scally, Westmeath Hunt Branch
Joint 5th: David Russell, Scarteen Hunt Branch & Bill Reidy-Leahy, Scarteen Hunt Branch
6th: Lauren Cole, Westmeath Hunt Branch
"Drawing Covert" - "Gone Away" - "Going Home"
Forging better relations with landowners is a priority for David Lalor, the new chairman of the Irish Masters of Foxhounds Association. Farm Ireland/independent.ie, 13 November 2016 ... Read article
David Lalor will take over as chairman of the Irish Masters of Foxhounds Association, reports Dickie Power. The Irish Field, 30 September 2016 ... Read article
Dickie Power takes to the field for a day's action with the Laois Foxhounds, The Irish Field, 05 February 2016 ... Read article
An influx of new talent is helping rejuvenate the Irish Masters of Foxhounds Association, the country’s oldest field sports body Farm Ireland/independent.ie, 17 July 2015 ... Read article
Balmy weather provided the perfect conditions for St Stephen's day hunting. independent.ie, 27 December 2011 ... Read article