Hunt week to mark 125 years

Hunts, hound show, teams chase part of celebrations

Hunts, hound show, teams chase part of celebrations

A GOOD DAY'S HUNTING: Huntsman Colin Ingram leads the hounds back to Paringahau Station after a recent hunt. This year is the 125th anniversary of the Poverty Bay Hunt and several hunts are part of the six-day celebration. Picture by Stephen Jones Photography

MORE than 250 riders from all over the country will be here next week to help Poverty Bay Hunt celebrate its 125th anniversary with a hunt week.

Hunt master Nikki McHugh says there is a range of events lined up for the visitors and locals taking part in the celebration.

Hunting on horses with hounds is one of the oldest sports in existence, she says.

It was first introduced to New Zealand by early settlers.

Governor Sir George Grey brought in the first hounds in 1868 and the first hunt was formed in 1872 in Auckland.

As land developed, settlers in provincial areas encouraged established hunts to take hounds to other areas.

Poverty Bay Hunt was formed in 1892 and is now one of 28 hunts in the country.

“Hunting is a sport — pure and simple,” says Nikki McHugh.

“The rewards are the thrill of the chase, the joys of riding a good horse and the satisfaction of watching and understanding hounds at work.”

It is a “truly magnificent” way to appreciate the countryside around this region, she says.

Poverty Bay Hunt has more than 200 members ranging in age from eight to over 75 years old and from all walks of life.

Planning for the 125th anniversary has been a big job but organisers are ready to go.

Most out-of-town participants will be hosted by local families.

The first hunt will be held on Monday at Paringahau Station at Te Karaka.

“Tuesday is Anzac Day and we will hold the North Island Hound Show and Inter-hunt Teams Chase at the A and P Showgrounds.

“We will start the day with an Anzac Day service.”

Judging starts at 10am and there will also be a Fashion at the Hound Show competition.

Wednesday and Thursday are hunt days at Lavenham Road and Tiniroto, with Mahia Hunt hosting the Thursday event.

On Friday there is an evening meet.

“It’s not a ball. It is a big party and everyone will be dressed up.”

A hunt at Whatatutu on Saturday will end the anniversary activities.

MORE than 250 riders from all over the country will be here next week to help Poverty Bay Hunt celebrate its 125th anniversary with a hunt week.

Hunt master Nikki McHugh says there is a range of events lined up for the visitors and locals taking part in the celebration.

Hunting on horses with hounds is one of the oldest sports in existence, she says.

It was first introduced to New Zealand by early settlers.

Governor Sir George Grey brought in the first hounds in 1868 and the first hunt was formed in 1872 in Auckland.

As land developed, settlers in provincial areas encouraged established hunts to take hounds to other areas.

Poverty Bay Hunt was formed in 1892 and is now one of 28 hunts in the country.

“Hunting is a sport — pure and simple,” says Nikki McHugh.

“The rewards are the thrill of the chase, the joys of riding a good horse and the satisfaction of watching and understanding hounds at work.”

It is a “truly magnificent” way to appreciate the countryside around this region, she says.

Poverty Bay Hunt has more than 200 members ranging in age from eight to over 75 years old and from all walks of life.

Planning for the 125th anniversary has been a big job but organisers are ready to go.

Most out-of-town participants will be hosted by local families.

The first hunt will be held on Monday at Paringahau Station at Te Karaka.

“Tuesday is Anzac Day and we will hold the North Island Hound Show and Inter-hunt Teams Chase at the A and P Showgrounds.

“We will start the day with an Anzac Day service.”

Judging starts at 10am and there will also be a Fashion at the Hound Show competition.

Wednesday and Thursday are hunt days at Lavenham Road and Tiniroto, with Mahia Hunt hosting the Thursday event.

On Friday there is an evening meet.

“It’s not a ball. It is a big party and everyone will be dressed up.”

A hunt at Whatatutu on Saturday will end the anniversary activities.

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