Hunting

Important Hunting Information

The Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt are always pleased to welcome guest, either mounted or as foot followers. If you wish to attend a meet, please inform the Hon. Secretary Mrs. Christina Back: Mobile  07759019506 or By Email: christina.back@ashfordvalleyhunt.co.uk  in advance.

If you are following the Hunt on foot and you are a visitor, please make yourself known to the Hon. Secretary or a Hunt Member.

Hounds have to be extremely fit and agile to be able to sustain long distance at speed while negotiating obstacles.

Hunting gives people the chance to see hounds at work following the laid trails and gives followers unique access to some of the best of Kent’s beautiful countryside. It is a chance to meet like minded people while making new friends. Hunting traditionally resumes early November.

Membership

Have you ever wanted to have a day hunting and not known where to start? Would you enjoy a ‘trial day’? Why not join us and experience the thrill of riding across country on your horse or pony? The Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt are a pro-foxhunting organisation who are trail hunting during the temporary ban and we welcome newcomers and those returning to the sport.

Our Hunt country covers south of the M20 motorway to Tonbridge in the West and Ashford in the East taking us to Romney Marsh in the South. We Also hunt in the former Tickham Hunt country which covers the Isle Of Sheppey.
Jumping is optional and for those wishing to jump, jumps are natural and rustic obstacles – suitable for all standards of riding – children and adults are welcome. We hunt mostly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, occasionally other days.

Our varied year round social calendar includes a variety of events for all the family: Garden Party, Open Evening, Country Fayre, Cross Country Ride, Horse Shows & Hunter Trials, also a Terrier, Lurcher & Family Fun Dog Show as well as the Traditional Hunt Ball.

For further information, Please contact:

Hon. Secretary, Christina Back: 07759019506
By Email: christina.back@ashfordvalleyhunt.co.uk

Etiquette At All Hunt Meets

Introduction

There is a long tradition of etiquette involved with hunting, much of which seems mysterious, but when explained is usually common sense and safety. This article is aimed at just the essential forms that make for a smoothly run hunting day increases the enjoyment for those participating, highlights aspects of safety and minimises the chances of upsetting other followers, hunt officials, landowners and especially the general public. The hunt is able to cross private land purely by the invitation/permission of the landowners and farmers so it is polite to acknowledge anyone who may be associated with the land that you are crossing, courtesy is vitally important and whilst riding the Ashford Valley you are an ambassador for our sport. Read More

Terminology

Hunting has a language that is universal enabling everybody in the hunting world to understand each other when hunting. It is particularly useful when visiting other packs. It is useful in controlling hounds or for members of the Field to understand instructions given by the Field Master and is extremely important from a safety point of view. Read More