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 17th October 2021: Paley Street

 

Description: Lines follow headlands and farmland with some hedges along the way. A Second Fieldmaster will be available to guide non-jumpers.

Meet Address: Cedars Farm, Paley Street, Maidenhead SL6 3JS What3words: ready.funds.themes

 

​Parking: The What3words reference takes you to the gate 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.

There are only viewing opportunities on lines 1, 3 & 5. 

Line 1 - Go to this gate at Westley Mill What3words: monkey.endearing.debater Drive down the short track and before the ford turn right and park on the grass - you must ALL fit your cars onto the grass and NO-ONE must be parked on the track that leads down to the ford as this is where the line will be laid for the hounds which everyone must keep away from. If you wish to see the fences on the far side, you will need wellies to wade through the Ford. Once through the Ford please turn right and stand by the edge of the field there. NO-ONE is permitted to walk into the field any further than this.

Line 3 - Turn into Billingbear Farm here: What3words: rewarding.forces.option Follow the track through the farm and out the other side. The track curves left. You can park on the side of the track (DO NOT BLOCK IT) at this location: What3words: rock.worth.test  DO NOT drive further than this point or you will interfere with the line laid for the hounds. You will then need to walk ON FOOT down a track on the left to this approximate location What3words: pinch.rift.locals The fences are a double of mini hedges - please keep well away from them and DO NOT block the path of the hounds or riders.

Line 5 - Same instructions as for Line 1. Please park in the same place and keep off the track that runs into and out of the Ford as we will be coming back through it.

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Sunday 24th October 2021: Borough Court

 

Description: Lines follow old turf and headlands. Something for everyone from hedges to ditches to timber. A Second Fieldmaster will be available to guide non-jumpers.

Meet Address: Borough Court Farm, Borough Court Road, Hartley-Wintney, Hook, RG27 8JA

Parking: What3words: abruptly.spans.painting

DO NOT follow the postcode for directions - the What3words takes you to the field which we are parking in.

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Friday 29th October 2021: Halloween 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: Follow signs for parking. What3words: flip.sharpened.icebergs
 

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

Dress: Halloween fancy dress - the spookier, the better!

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

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Sunday 31st October 2021: Heckfield 

 

Description: Lines follow parkland and farmland. A Second Fieldmaster will be available to guide non-jumpers.

Meet Address: Field opposite The New Inn, Heckfield, Hampshire, RG27 0LE

Directions: Parking is situated at Highfield Farm midway between Reading and Basingstoke, in the field directly opposite The New Inn, Heckfield. What3words: dimes.printer.adverbs

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Sunday 7th November 2021: Moundsmere

 

Description: Lines around the farmland of this historic estate with 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 - What3words: 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 14th November 2021: Remembrance Day Meet, Barossa

 

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.

All riders are asked to wear a poppy.

Meet address & parking details to follow...

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Sunday 21st November 2021: 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. What3words: rational.mango.brambles

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

Sunday 28th November 2021: *TBC*

 

Further details to follow... watch this space!

Sunday 5th December 2021: 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. What3words: surpassed.attends.veered

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

Sunday 12th December 2021: 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. 

What3words: songbirds.teach.sedative

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

Sunday 19th 2021: Bramshill *TBC*

 

Description: Lines follow forestry tracks with lots of optional timber fences.

Further details to follow... watch this space!

Wednesday 22nd December 2021: Festive 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: Follow signs for parking. What3words: flip.sharpened.icebergs
 

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

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

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

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Boxing Day 26th December 2021: Paley Street

 

Description: For a special Boxing Day treat, we are being kindly welcomed to The Bridge House pub in Paley Street. We will Meet outside the pub before drag hunting around headlands and farmland with some hedges along the way. A Second Fieldmaster will be available to guide non-jumpers.

*Please note SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS and see below for Hunt Staff Christmas Collection*

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Horse box parking: Cedars Farm, Paley Street, Maidenhead SL6 3JS What3words: ready.funds.themes

The What3words reference takes you to the gate of the farm. Parking is  in the farmyard.

Special Instructions: The Meet is at MIDDAY (half an hour earlier than normal). We will be hacking from the parking area to The Bridge House as a group and will leave at 11:45am to arrive at the pub at midday. It is ESSENTIAL that you are mounted and ready to leave the parking at 11:45am, so please arrive in enough time to allow for this. PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE as we won't wait for you!

 

Foot followers: Please go directly to The Bridge House pub and await the arrival of the hounds and riders there. Meet address: The Bridge House, Paley St, Maidenhead SL6 3JS  what3words royal.middle.harp

Cap: Normal rates of cap apply for this Meet. As a hunting tradition, we will be asking all riders to make a

£5 minimum contribution to the Hunt Staff Christmas Collection. This money is a 'thank you' to our Huntsman Stephen and his family for all the hard work they are putting in and also for working on Boxing Day so that we can all have fun. Please include your donation when you pay your cap (or wire money for subscribers). Thank you.

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New Year's Day 1st January 2022: Four Seasons Hotel, Dogmersfield

 

Description: A lawn meet on old turf around an old parkland estate and adjoining farmland, including the famous Swan's Farm hedges.  A Second Fieldmaster will be available to guide non-jumpers.

Meet: Four Seasons Hotel, Dogmersfield Park, Chalky Lane, Hook, Hampshire RG27 8TD

 

Parking:  ***NO ACCESS TO HOTEL LAND BEFORE 1130am. BOXES/TRAILERS WILL BE TURNED AWAY***

Horse boxes / trailers: to access the parking area, you MUST enter the hotel grounds via this driveway:

What3words: pushed.starting.amaze Drive past the stables on your left and then take the first turning on the right. Follow this road up a hill and over a cattle grid at the top. Parking is on grass - a steward will show you where to park.

Foot followers: enter the hotel grounds by the main entrance but please use the car park to the rear of the hotel. DO NOT park on the grass verges along the drive. 

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