I must confess I do not know a lot about the Ross Harriers whose country lies in South Herefordshire. Delighted to be invited to their Puppy Show 14th July, so I made a weekend of it; breaking my journey on route – to stay with hunting friends in the Cotswolds. All I know is that the Ross Harriers were started prior to 1820. In 1821 William Corbett who wrote the book Rural Rides had a day with them. He took to riding round the country on horseback making observations of what was happening in the towns and villages. It was first published in 1822-1826 in serial form in the Political Register. He also wrote Cottage Economy, a founding bible on self sufficiency, which has lost none of its relevance on what Corbett referred to as ‘a good living’. The kennels are nestled in a lovely bit of country, surrounded by blueberries and a vineyard on the doorstep. Sounds perfectly healthy to me! I think Corbett might have approved. Well a lot has happened since then – I wish them a lot of luck, the young entry forward are a good stamp of Stud Book Harrier. Interestingly by a Waveney draft Spellman ’16 (he would be High Peak line) out of their Barmaid ’16. Lovely show of Harriers – the bitches were all level which is so nice to see and quite an achievement – the bitch Banter won the Championship against the Dog Hound winner Bandit.
Oh – and not to miss out – I met the Bassets, crackin’ little pack Leadon Vale. Wonderful Characters. They hunt well too.