Devon County Show 2017


Congratulations must go once again to the organisers of this year’s Devon County Show. A tremendous event as ever and great to see so many attending over the three days. Well done!


The South Devon Hunt played its part, taking responsibility for the smooth running of the horse lorry parking. Thank you to Mr Peter Prior and his dedicated team of volunteers for their long hours, hard work and humour!


The South Devon Hunt had the privilege of Parading Hounds on the first day of the show. Congratulations to our professional huntsman Robert Medcalf and his team (Toby and Maz) for providing a wonderful display of both hounds and horses. All beautifully turned out.

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Friday saw the annual running of the highly competitive Inter-Hunt Relay. Representatives from 11 hunts took part with members jumping, running, horn blowing and looking smart! The South Devon Hunt team consisted of riders Maz Medcalf and Carol Cleave, backed up by strong runners Robert Medcalf and Toby How. The final results are unimportant, it was the taking part that counted.

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Annual Spring Luncheon – Sunday 28th May 2017

The Committee and Masters of the South Devon Hunt will be holding their Annual Spring Luncheon


Uphill House, Ponsworthy, TQ13 7PH on Sunday 28th May 12.30pm for 1pm.

Guest Speaker: James Barclay Esq. discusses the future of hunting and his recent book My Hunting England.

Glass of wine and canapés on arrival followed by a Buffet Lunch.

Tickets: £25 Dress: Smart casual

Contact: Anke Ellis on 01647 221249 or

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Professional photographs from the season now available!

This season we had the pleasure of welcoming several professional photographers at our meets.

Take a look at these links to see some wonderful images from the 2016 / 2017 Season:


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End of Season Luncheon – Sunday 9th April 2017

This year we celebrate the End of Season with a lunch rather than a supper! This will allow people to enjoy a full days hunting the day before at the closing meet, give our hunt staff time to arrive and hopefully give a lot more people the flexibility to attend.

All are welcome including foot followers, friends, supporters and children.

Venue: Longfield, Manaton (parking available, weather permitting)

Time: 1pm onwards

Tickets: £15

Contact: Anke Ellis on 01647 221249

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Gentlemen’s Dinner – Thursday 23rd February 2017

The Masters of The South Devon Hunt are holding a Gentlemen’s Dinner at The Moorland Hotel on Thursday 23rd February 2017. This biennial event is very special and always a sell out, so make sure you book your tickets quickly!

The Moorland Hotel, Haytor, Dartmoor


Five course dinner & reception drinks

Dress – Black Tie

Tickets: £38 – Contact Anke Ellis on 01647 221249

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Carvery Supper – Thursday 26th January 2017

Come along and enjoy a relaxed, friendly supper. Everyone welcome.

The Kestor Inn, Manaton, Dartmoor – 7.30pm onwards

For more details contact: Anke Ellis 01647 221249


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Open Hunter Trial – Results

A fabulous day was had by all at Holwell Lawn on Sunday 9th October. The sun was shinning, the course was immaculate and Dartmoor was certainly at its best! There was a great turn out of riders and competitors, along with many friends and supporters.  Thank you to all those who took part.

A huge thank you also to those who made it happen, the organisers, the caterers, the jump judges and the many volunteers who helped to make the event a success. Well done all.

The results were as follows:

Class 1 – Under 12 years

1st. Freya Evans (Pixie)

2nd. Chloe Powell (Minty)

3rd. Kitty Brooker (Biscuit)

4th. Summer Lambert-Barnett (Rusty)

5th. Anabel Brooker (Charity)

6th. Nell Reckitt (Sonny)

Class 2 – 1’6″

1st. Rebecca Cooper (Rockey)

2nd. Dianne Cox (Poppy’s Pride)

3rd. Africa Lambert (Rusty)

4th. Verity Holdsworth (Maevis)

5th. Rosannah Lambert (Maple)

6th. Daisy Owen (George)

Class 3 – 2′ Novice

1st. Amanda Riggs (Charlie)

2nd. Victoria King (Foxhaze)

3rd. Karen Corbett (Barnaby)

4th. Karen Long (May Time Blues)

5th. Olivia Retallick (Spirit)

6th. Annabel Hodnett (Alana)

Class 4 – 2′ Novice Pairs

1st. Andrea Riggs (Charlie)

Karen Corbett (Barney)

2nd. Ava Hill (TJ)

Jemima Hill (George)

3rd. Olivia Retallick (Spirit)

Rachel Edwards (King)

4th. Kate Reece (JJ)

Jane Couch (Noon)

5th. Lottie Hornby (Tess)

Rebecca (Cooper) Rocky

Class 5 – 2’6″ Novice

1st. Ellie Reece (JJ)

2nd. Ava Hill (TJ)

3rd. Jan Harvey (Star)

4th. Erica Thompson (Romeo)

5th. Jessica Couch-Finnwick (Noon)

6th. Julie Vivian (Grafitti)

Class 6 – 2’6″ Novice Pairs

1st. Charlotte Rowe (Florida)

Max Jambeau (Tommy)

2nd. Julie Elliot (Grafitti)

Robert Leigh (Casper)

Class 7 – Intermediate

1st. Abi Lucas (Angel)

2nd. Madeline White (Lucy)

3rd. Max Jambeau (Tommy)

4th. Charlotte Rowe (Tommy)

5th. Isabelle Geren. (Diptford Morning Haze)

6th. Marianne Medcalf (Bertie)

Class 9 – Open

1st. Emma Woofenden (Harrie)

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Open Hunter Trial – Sunday 9th October 2016

Taking place at the spectacular setting of Holwell Lawn on Dartmoor, the open hunter trial cross country course is well established, with an excellent variety of fences. The event is usually well attended by riders of all abilities, so be sure to get your advanced entry in soon.

The full schedule and entry details are now on our Events page.


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Autumn hunting starts

This week saw the start of Autumn hunting, with meets on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday all starting at 6am and all well supported. The new team have settled in very well, the hounds are eager and the sunrises simply beautiful.

A big thank you to the foot followers for providing a wonderful al fresco breakfast on Saturday, despite the wind!Autumn 2016

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West of England Hound Show – 4th August 2016

Well, the summer sun continues to shine on this years hound shows!

The West of England Hound Show took place at Honiton on Thursday 4th August, with a good representation of SDH subscribers, followers, farmers and puppy walkers in attendance. The SDH hounds showed well.

The Joint Masters provided a relaxed lorry lunch which was enjoyed by many. Once again a huge thank you must go to all those who came to support and especially those who helped with the catering.

SDH Hounds were placed as follows:

Single unentered dog – 4th place – Bomber

Single unentered bitch – 4th place – Bonny

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