An enthusiastic crowd of hunting and countryside supporters attended the Festival of Hunting at the East of England Showground.
This year’s festival encompassed the 127th Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show and is widely renowned as being the most important event in the world for foxhound breeding.
The Festival of Hunting held well supported classes for Harriers, Beagles, Bassett Hounds, Bloodhounds, Draghounds and Terriers. There were also displays of Coursing dogs and the Blencathra Fellhounds were once again in attendance.
The more compact site layout was well received by spectators as they could see all aspects of the show with ease. The trade stand area was busy all day and several new exhibitors were in attendance for the 2015 show.
Jeremy Staples, Chief Executive of the East of England Agricultural Society was full of praise for the 2015 show:
“I was delighted with both the Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show and the Festival of Hunting. We had a record number of visitors and the event had the feel of a ‘Country Show’. We will be keeping the same layout next year. ”
The ever popular Inter Hunt Relay attracted the crowds and this year the senior event was won by the Bicester Hunt with Whaddon Chase and the junior event by Barlow Hunt. The equine showing classes were extremely well supported, of a high standard and included several HOYS qualifiers.
Next year’s event will be held on Wednesday 20th July 2016.