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

News & Events

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.)

Recent & Forthcoming Events

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

Stradbally Family Fair & National Hound Show 2016

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Waterford Country Fair and Hound Show

This year's Hound Show at Curraghmore takes place on the 11th June, starting at 12 pm.

Classes:
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.

Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show

Wednesday 19th July 2017 to be held at the East of England Showground Peterborough

Downloads: Masters Letter  -  Schedule  -  Entry Form  -  Statement Form  - 
The closing date for entries is the 9th June 2017.

For further information please contact Jeremy Staples, Secretary, Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show Society
T: + 44 (0)1733 363504 M: +44 (0)7817 668055 - Email jstaples@eastofengland.org.uk - www.festivalofhunting.com

Irish Pony Club - Hunting Horn Competition 2017 - Results

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"

Photo © Catherine Power.

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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