Staff College Drag Hunt Meet Card 2021/2022

The Staff College Drag Hunt is very fortunate to enjoy the support of a large number of land owners, farmers and the military who allow us to drag hunt across their land. Out of consideration to our landowners some meets may have to change at short notice depending upon ground conditions, grazing requirements of stock, planting of crops and the requirements of the military. We will endeavour to give as much notice as possible but please keep an eye on the Meet Card below for any changes.

Some important points about drag hunting with us:

All Meets start at 12:30pm unless specified otherwise.

Please be on your horse by 12:30pm so you are ready.

All directions to Meets will include reference to the What3words app / website.

Please use What3words and NOT the postcode to find out where to go!

All riders MUST book in with the Hunt Secretaries Jess & Sophie secretary@staffcollegedraghunt.co.uk NO LATER than 4pm on the Friday preceding a Sunday meet and 4pm on the Monday preceding a Wednesday meet.

All bookings must be accompanied by bank transfer payment.

Riders will be sent bank details when they book in. Payment secures your place.

Please put your name and the name of the Meet as the reference when paying.

We are very fortunate to be a popular drag hunt and sometimes will have to cap numbers at Meets.

Places for day caps (if you are not a subscriber) are allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

All riders MUST fill out a Disclaimer which covers you for the whole season.

This applies for every new season you drag hunt with us, even if you have been out with us before.

Please go to the 'Disclaimer' page and fill in the form on line.

For information on how we store and use your data, please see the 'Privacy Policy' page.

Please read the etiquette reminders which are there to keep you safe, whilst upholding the traditions of the hunt.

Sunday 23rd January 2022: Barossa ***FULLY BOOKED***

 

Description: Lines of optional timber fences follow sandy heathland and forestry tracks where the ground is always good, no matter the weather! A Second Fieldmaster will be available to guide non-jumpers.

Meet Address: Barossa Common (Kings Ride Gate), Kings Ride, Camberley, Surrey GU15 4LJ

Parking & Directions: To access Barossa Common, go the the Kings Ride Gate ///body.mastering.instincts Go through the metal forestry gate and follow the main track (past the small turning on the right).  The main track then bears to the right and uphill. Parking is at the top of the hill on sandy tracks  ///bookings.groomed.dupe

Foot Follower Viewing Opportunities: Please follow these important instructions if you are following the hunt on foot. You will need the What3words app.

NO CARS ARE PERMITTED TO BE DRIVEN AROUND BAROSSA - ALL FOLLOWING MUST BE DONE ON FOOT

Line 1 - You can meet us at the end of the line here: ///trick.stylists.insolvent

Line 2 - You can meet us at the end of the line here: ///faced.clutches.zeal

Line 3 - You can meet us at the end of the line here: ///lurching.elbowed.starfish

Line 4 - The start and end of the line are in the same place: ///sheepish.blanked.breaches

AT ALL TIMES: Stay well back from any jumps you come across - you MUST NOT get close to the jumps as you will interfere with the line that has been laid for the hounds and you will spook the horses.

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Sunday 30th January 2022: Itchen Down Farm

 

Description: Downland Meet with lines on headlands and byeways. A Second Fieldmaster will be available to guide non-jumpers.

Meet Address: Itchen Down Farm, Northington Road, Winchester SO21 1BS. ///songbirds.teach.sedative

Directions: The What3words reference takes you to the entrance of the farm. Parking is in the farmyard.

Foot Follower Viewing Opportunities: Please follow these important instructions if you are following the hunt on foot. You will need the What3words app.

Line 1 - Drive / walk up through the back of the farm to this point ///settle.inherits.deduct You will see a track in front of you. Walk down the track to this point near the edge of the copse ///animator.matrons.recall You will be able to see the hunt pass through the surrounding fields.

Line 2 - Meet us at the end of the line in the corner of this field here ///purifier.coffee.hawks We will be hunting towards you across the field so please stay in the corner of the field by the gate.

Line 3 - You can view us jumping this fence ///create.dignify.intervals We will be coming round the edge of the copse and jumping into the field over the fence so PLEASE DO NOT BLOCK this route with your cars or yourselves. You MUST stay road-side and MUST NOT go into the field as the line for the hounds will be laid inside the field along the headland and it is very important that you do not walk all over it.

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Sunday 6th February 2022: Spencers Wood

 

Description: Lines follow farmland, including a line where we held the hedge clinic earlier in the season - so for those of you that would like a chance to jump some 'training hedges' then this is the Meet for you! A Second Fieldmaster will be available to guide non-jumpers.

Meet Address: Cross Lanes Farm, Cross Lane, Spencers Wood, Reading RG7 1JH 

Directions: Follow the What3words reference. Parking is in the this field ///saying.alien.hello

Foot Follower Viewing Opportunities: Please follow these important instructions if you are following the hunt on foot. You will need the What3words app.

Line 1 - Drive into Loddon Court Farm and park along this track near the entrance to the field ///beans.meant.glove Please stay in the corner of the field by the entrance gate - DO NOT walk into the field up to the jumps or you will disturb the line for the hounds and horses.

Line 2 - Park at the meet ///saying.alien.hello Walk across the road and through the farm to this field ///movies.appeal.oils Please stay at the edge of the field near the entrance gate as we are hunting around this field. This is the end of the line.

Line 3 - Park on the road by the church ///directly.awkward.scripted Walk down the road to this location ///unafraid.jobs.steeped (DO NOT PARK HERE!!) You MUST remain on the road side and view from there - you MAY NOT walk into the field or you will be in the way of the horses jumping.

Line 4 - Park in this farmyard ///jazzy.snail.spits You may walk into this field to view ///fault.store.speeds Please DO NOT block the route from the road to this field with your cars - the hunt will be passing through. Please stay away from the edges of the field as the hunt will pass around the edges. Stay WELL BACK from any jumps. 

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Sunday 13th February 2022: Moundsmere

 

Description: Lines around the farmland of this historic estate with some timber and hedges to jump. A Second Fieldmaster will be available to guide non-jumpers.

Meet Address: Down Farm Dairy, Wield Road, Preston Candover, RG25 2ER.

Directions: Parking in the farmyard here ///scrapping.unlocking.sized 

From Basingstoke direction, drive through Preston Candover, turn left at the church towards Wield/Lower Wield. The postcode does not take you far enough along Wield Road - please continue until the grassy triangle where the farm is on your left - follow the What3words!

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Sunday 20th February 2022: Herriard

 

Description: Lines on old turf, woodland tracks and stubble fields.  A Second Fieldmaster will be available to guide non-jumpers.

Meet Address: Home Farm, Herriad, Basingstoke RG25 2PL.

Directions: Parking in the farmyard off the A339, opposite AVS Fencing Supplies. ///punt.serve.pans

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Wednesday 23rd February 2022: Lead Rein Meet, Steventon

 

Description: This is a Meet for the youngest followers of our drag hunt. There will be a walk with hounds lasting approx 1 1/2 hours. This day is not suitable for big horses as the pace is for ponies and small horses on the lead rein, however, adults may ride and lead their children if they like.

Meet Address: The Old Farmhouse, Kennel Lane, Steventon, OX13 6SB

 

Directions: Parking is on grass here: ///flip.sharpened.icebergs

 

Time: 10:30am start (earlier than usual!). Please be ready and mounted at this time.

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Dress: Smart Pony Club attire or ratcatcher. No need to plait your horse but must be neat and tidy. 

​Cap: £10 per child, £15 for any mounted adults. Payment in advance by bank transfer when you book in.

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Sunday 27th February 2022: Minley

 

Description: Lines of optional timber fences follow sandy heathland and forestry tracks where the ground is always good, no matter the weather! A Second Fieldmaster will be available to guide non-jumpers.

Meet Address: Near the Crown and Cushion pub, Minley Road, Blackwater, Hampshire GU17 9UA. ///surpassed.attends.veered

Parking: Follow the What3words reference – this takes you to the turn off the A327 to access the parking field.

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Sunday 6th March 2022: Elvetham Estate

 

Description: A fabulous estate Meet where lines follow headlands and farmland round the estate. A Second Fieldmaster will be available to guide non-jumpers.

Meet Address: Elvetham Estates, Home Farm Road, RG27 8AW. ///rational.mango.brambles

Parking: Follow the What3words. Parking is in the farmyard and field behind.

Foot Follower Viewing Opportunities: Please follow these important instructions if you are following the hunt on foot. You will need the What3words app.

Line 1 - Drive to this gateway ///polite.verve.lease You may enter the field through this gate but you MUST remain by the gate and behind the log or you will interfere with the line laid for the hounds. You MAY NOT go further into the field than this and must stay well away from the jump or you will spook the horses.

Lines 2 and 3 - Drive down the track to this location ///classics.pitching.cowering - this is by the second tree on the right. DO NOT go further down the track than this tree either in your cars or on foot.  The hunt will be finishing the 2nd line and then starting the 3rd line in the field to the right of the track. The 3rd line finishes in the field to the left of the track. DO NOT block the track with your cars - the hunt will be hacking to the 4th line along this track.

Line 4 - Return to the farm where we met and drive through the farmyard to the track at the back. Drive along this track to this location ///pairings.scariest.roses Park on the side of the track WITHOUT BLOCKING IT. You may walk into the corner of the field to view the hunt - you MUST stay in this corner of the field Do not walk further into the field or you will interfere with the line laid for the hounds. 

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Sunday 13th March 2022: *TBC*

 

Further details to follow... watch this space!

Sunday 20th March 2022: *TBC*

 

Further details to follow... watch this space!

Sunday 27th March 2022: Closing Meet *TBC*

 

Further details to follow... watch this space!