Welcome to The Ashford valley Tickham Hunt Website. Last updated 30-10-14
Riders Enjoying A Day Hunting in The Bethersden Area.
(Brief report and more pictures)

Neil Staines And His Hounds At The Opening Meet
On Saturday 25th 2014 The Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt held its traditional Opening Meet in the beautiful Kent countryside near Maidstone. Opening Meets are always very popular with the countryside community and this meet was no exception.
The Mounted Field consisted of over fifty riders of all ages riding horses and ponies of different sizes. There was a large audience of family members and friends too, that had gathered to watch the pageant that has been carried out for decades; a pageant that during the next few weeks will be carried out by hunts all over the country!
The weather was kind and stayed dry but unfortunately the ground was slippery from the previous day’s rain raising caution for the riders.
After the refreshments to fortify everyone for the day, the riders and foot-followers set off to a suitable vantage point on a hill above the orchards while Huntsman Neil Staines led his 18 ½ couple mixed pack to the first draw. Several trails were laid throughout the day and hounds responded well to them with their cries filling the air to the delight of all that observed.
For some riders, their day was short lived due to the loss of shoes or failure to stay in the saddle. There were still a healthy number of riders that stayed the course and ended the day with the Huntsman ‘blowing for home’.
The field were given the choice of following a Field Master who would lead them over the many varieties of jumps, natural and manmade, or take the more leisurely rood with few obstacles to endure.
The riders were able to ride through orchards; woodland and open fields experiencing the beauty of our Kent countryside with the challenge of a narrow concrete bridge, crossing the meandering river.
After several hours of following the hard working hounds, the horn was blown to signal the end of an excellent day which was enjoyed by those mounted and on foot. Hounds were taken back to their box for the journey back to kennels where meat pies were waiting to replenish the energy they had used throughout their arduous day. After feeding his hounds and settling them down for the night, no doubt our Huntsman, too, looked forward to his evening meal and well deserved rest.
Horses were watered and washed off before being loaded for their journey home and a fulfilling feed.
A huge “Thank You” must be given to our hosts and to the Farmers and Landowners whose generosity allows those who follow hounds to cross their land and continue to enjoy a country pursuit that is part of our heritage.  "Thank You Neil."

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A timeless scene! Hunting has changed very little over the centuries. The picture above was taken by a follower during our recent 'Newcomers Meet'. The meet was a chance for those who had never hunted before or wished to reacquaint themselves with the joys of following hounds to do so. Visitors are always welcome to follow the Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt, either as part of the mounted field or as a foot-follower. It is requested that visitors wishing to hunt inform the Hon. Secretary before attending a meet. Contact details may be found in the relevant section of the website.

Some of the Field Enjoying The Newcomer's Day. more pictures
A Happy bunch during a days hunting...More pictures coming soon
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The Annual Ashford Valley Tickham Hunter Trials

By Kind Permission of the Pascall Family
www.bonfleurcrosscountrycourse.co.uk
 The Annual Ashford Valley Tickham Hunter Trials is one of several equestrian events organised by hunt members. This year’s event drew a record entry of over 160 riders of all ages and riding ability. Many riders competed in several classes. Prizes were awarded for first, second and third place and were generously donated by sponsors.( Link to Sponsors)
A competitor jumping a model of a traditional Kent Oast House at Bonfleur Cross Country Course. more pictures
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The Weald of Kent Ploughing Match

 The Ashford Valley Hunt was once again privileged to parade hounds at the annual Weald of Kent Ploughing Match which this year attracted a record attendance of over 4,000 visitors. This event gives the hunt the opportunity to meet and talk to the Farmers and Landowners who generously allow us to cross their land. It is also a chance to meet some of our sponsors while the public make the most of meeting hounds. The AVTH  has a stand at the event where potential members can have any of their questions answered. Hunt merchandise is also sold. more pictures

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The Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt has its very own 'Lottery' in which you can participate!
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Cross Country Ride

Riders Enjoying The Day at Doddington
 The Annual Ashford Valley Tickham Cross Country Ride Held on the 14th September at Doddington was a great success.
Such rides afford riders to have fun while raising funds for worthy charities. This is only possible because of the hard work and dedication of members of the hunt who give their time generously.
Gratitude must also be given to the Farmers and Landowners who allow riders to cross their land. Beneficiaries of the event were: AVTH, Canterbury Cathedral Trust and The Kent Air Ambulance.
Fund raising for local charities as well as hunt funds is an integral part of the hunt ethos with one of the prominent charities being The Kent Air Ambulance. The Air Ambulance literally being a vital medical aid in the equestrian world.
 For Pictures of the day: www.greenninja.co.uk and to find out more about Doddington Place: www.doddingtonplacegardens.co.uk    Doddington Album
The Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt Support Local Charities Which Include:
Kent Air Ambulance Trust:
www.kssairambulance.org.uk
Team Tutsham: www.teamtutsham.co.uk
Canterbury Cathedral Trust: www.canterbury-cathedral.org

Tally-Ho Club

You don’t have to be a ‘member’ to support the Ashford Valley Tickham Foxhounds. We have a ‘supporters club’ which is known as ‘The Tally-Ho Club. Membership of the Tally-Ho Club is as Follows:
Download a membership form here

THE KENT COUNTY SHOW

Our Inter-Hunt Relay Teams: Top: Kirsty, Kif, Becky Kylie.
Bottom: Ellie, Edie, Dan, (Hiding) Abbie.
 
The Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt Stand at The Kent County Show
The Cavalcade of Hounds
THE HOUND CAVALCADE AT THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND SHOW ARDINGLY

TheThe Ashford Valley Tickham Inter-Hunt Relay Team who competed at The South of England Show at Ardingly. From left to right: Dan, Abbie,  Kirsty,and Edie.

Click For Pictures of The South of England Hound Show Ardingly By Sarah Farnsworth

Satnav and Sombre meet the kids

 

AVTH Sat Nav & Sombre greeting some of the 2.5 thousand primary school children that attended Living Land at the Kent Showground at Delting which was held on 7th May.