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Drawing Hounds After The ‘Hound Cavalcade’ At The south Of England Show in 2012. The Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt Will Be Participating In The Hound Cavalcade On Saturday 13th June 2015

The Ashford Valley Tickham Hounds will be parading at several events throughout the summer months. A full list of venues can be found in the ‘Events’ section of this website.


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Trade Directory. A Full List Of Traders Who Sponsor Ashford Valley Tickham Events Throughout The Year.

The Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt are extremely grateful to be supported by many traders, local or otherwise. Please support them!

This list is updated often.

Joules Ltd – Own brand of clothing for women, men and children

Core fruit products Ltd – Varieties of apple and pear juice plus cider.

Country Clobber – Country inspired accessories

Pivington Pots – Garden pots and other associated garden containers.

Biddenden Vineyards –  Wine, cider and juices


Guy Lister Butcher – Flame grilled beef burgers, sausages and spit roast.

Meander Nice stuff – Homemade fudge, coconut ice, Kentish gypsy tart

Godmersham Game – Venison burgers, sausages and wild boar and apple sausages BBQ

Hornsby Designs – Chopping boards, cheese boards, knife blocks, pan stands, mirrors etc.

The Sweet & Savoury Kitchen  – Sweet and savoury crepes

Swift Energy – Biomass & Horse Bedding

www.swiftenergyuk.com Click Here For Swift Flyer

Southern Counties Limited – Ice cream vans.

Typically English Events – Pimms O’clock

Hanging Gardens – Baskets, planted containers, seasonal plants.

Tony’s Tack – Horse tack, clothing etc.

Lambert & Foster: Chartered Surveyors, Estate Agents, Auctioneers and Valuers.

Offices in: Cranbrook, Staplehurst, Tenterden and Paddock Wood.


Four Jays Group. Hire specialist across the South East.

Marquees, Furniture, Heaters, Chillers, Generators, Showers, Prestige and Event Individual and Trailer Toilets.


The Emporium: Pet and Animal Feed Centre Headcorn Kent.


Linda Jewell Racing: Flat and National Hunt Racing. Affordable Racing to Suit All Interest.


Mount Mascall Stables: Achieve your personal goals – Enjoy individual experience. Equestrian fun, and excitement for all ages and abilities.



Living Land


“I don’t know about you, I need a nap!”


Demonstrating an essential skill used when following hounds; drinking tea. (Or something!)

Once again the Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt were very fortunate to let school children have the chance to meet some of our hounds. This year the honour fell to two of the younger members of the pack ‘Fashion and Raspberry’.

Fashion and Raspberry Meet The Kids.

“Did you get me a coffee Ron?”

From the safety of their specially constructed pen, the two hounds could see some of the two and a half thousand visitors to the exhibition without being mobbed.

Read more about the event: http://kentshowground.co.uk/living-land/

Happy Hound, Why Do I Smile?

Hounds All Ready To Go

Hounds All Ready To Go

Happy Hound, why do I smile?
I smile for the chase
I smile for the song
I smile for the life that leads me through these woods
I smile I am a happy hound
I chase into the dusk
I chase into the dawn
My courage and heart never waivers
I am a happy hound
I get to do what my nose lets me follow
I get to do what generations before me  were bred to do
I get to call the woods home
I am the happiest hound because  I am loved for my song
Swiftness of my feet the courage of my heart
Best of all I just get to be a hound

Author Unknown.

Beginning of the Hunting Year


Neil Staines Calling Hounds

The 1st May is traditionally the first day of the ‘hunting calendar’.  Hunt staff will vacate one kennels to take up new positions in another. Whipper-ins may be promoted to Huntsman with some Huntsman retiring. Masters will transfer from one pack to another bringing fresh idea to a hunt. Hound exercise often begins giving Hunt Staff and hounds time to become acquainted.
It is a time of change and The Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt wish all their friends and neighbours a very Happy Hunting Year, especially those that are beginning life in new positions.
Finally, let’s hope that there is a favourable outcome to the election so we can continue to enjoy doing what we all love, following hounds.

Charing 2015

Jockeys take one of the jumps in the 'Mixed Open' race

Jockeys take one of the jumps in the ‘Mixed Open’ race

The Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt held a very successful Point to point meeting at Charing on Easter Saturday. The event was well attended despite the chilly weather. Thank you to Rob Harrison for all his hard work organising the event. Neil Staines and Frank Fordham worked hard preparing the jumps and generally making sure the course was fit for racing.

Sue Palmer and Christina Back were part of huge team of volunteers that work tirelessly in the background to make sure the day would go seamlessly. Thank you all of you, you know who you are! The hard work of the ‘Hunt ‘Bakers’ brought in record taking on the cake stall. Thank you to everyone who baked cakes etc.

We must not forget the many visitors who came to support the Hunt and enjoy the racing. Thank for your support. ;-)

“See you all next year”

A Few Pictures From The Day

Read more: on our Facebook page. Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt Group

Pointing South East