Welcome to the College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt (CVNNH) website. Meeting twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays from September to early March, the CVNNH is a celebrated pack of foxhounds which was formed in 1982 when the College Valley Hunt amalgamated with the North Northumberland Hunt.
We hunt within the laws of both England and Scotland across an area which stretches from Holy Island in the very North East of Northumberland, taking in the Cheviot Hills, up to the Bowmont Valley and Hownam in the Scottish Borders.
Our hunting country is diverse and rural, encompassing rolling grass and woodland in the low country as well as the fabulous white grass of the hills. We have excellent relationships with local farmers and businesses while we also endeavour to provide a focus for local community activities and fund raising.
We are particularly pleased to welcome Newcomers to hunting who can come out with us for the first time by arrangement for no charge.
We welcome followers throughout the season on horses, in cars or on foot, although we do ask that anyone new wishing to join us obtains permission from the Hunt Secretary in advance.
Mon02Apr20181:00 pmRatcheugh Park, Alnwick
CVNNH Point-to-Point 2018 is now on Easter Monday 2nd April-First Race 1pm
This year’s Point-to-Point has been postponed from 11th March and is now on Easter Monday 2nd April 2018 at Ratcheugh, Alnwick NE66 3AE First Race 1pm
Point-to-Point racing takes place because an army of volunteers attend on the day to assist in so many different ways. A successful meeting depends entirely on attendance and sponsorship. Anyone wishing to be involved or interested in sponsorship should contact Simon Orpwood on 01890 850266/e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on who sponsors are and the going updates point-to point can be found at www.alnwickraces.co.uk
A vast majority of hunts throughout the country hold annual point-to-point races which are major fund raising and sporting events. These races are usually held over a course of 3 miles with the horses jumping a minimum of 18 birch fences. There can be up to 6 or 8 races on the day, run as amateur steeplechases where the horses are qualified to run through hunting a minimum of 5 days with any recognised pack of hounds. Point-to-pointing has its own Regulatory Authority with rules and conditions.
More information on point-to-pointing can be found on the official website http://www.pointtopoint.co.uk
We are continually adding to our event page. Please call back to see what we are up to.
Mud and Magic for CVNNH at Lowther: Gaslight wins Supreme Champion
This year’s Lowther show took place on a grim and dreary day. Daddy, Mary and I came with low expectations in our wellington boots. As we entered the foxhound car park we met a large Asian man who swiftly let us through and led us into a boggy field with an old couple who were being pulled out by a massive 470 hp john deer tractor with big tracks. We came away with a few rosettes in the first few classes but didn’t really make the top three. It was getting on towards lunchtime when Andrew Proe slipped over in the ring (hunting boots are very slippy when it’s wet) and then, as if by magic, our fortunes changed. The unentered dog and bitch classes went to College Valley hounds Landlord and Ladybird. One of the puppies that I walked two years ago, called Gaslight, was named champion entered bitch, hill hound champion and, to our complete surprise, supreme champion of the show. By the end of the day Andrew’s coat was covered in rosettes as well as mud. It took us hours to get home thanks to an overturned lorry and a landslide, but we didn’t mind because it was such a great day.
ANDREW PROE'S RETIREMENT
After 34 illustrious year’s of service under 3 Huntsman, Andrew has decided to retire at the end of this season. We have all benefited from the superb way he has looked after both hounds and horses in Kennels over 3.5 decades and will miss his unrivalled knowledge of the hills, countryside and the people within it. Andrew is a natural horseman and he is often to be seen on a far distant hill having used minimal effort to get there. Longevity is a rare commodity in this day and age and there will be a testimonial for Andrew towards the end of this season providing ample time to ensure that we give him the send-off he deserves. Perhaps the most fitting testimonial is to ensure that his last season is his best ever.
19th June 2019
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