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Boxing Day hunt due to return again this year

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: December 17, 2012

By GARETH BUTTERFIELD

The Four Shires Bloodhounds, Boxing Day Hunt - they were unable to hunt their human quarry once again this year due to the freezing conditions, so instead chose to bring the hounds to the market place for the public.

The Four Shires Bloodhounds, Boxing Day Hunt - they were unable to hunt their human quarry once again this year due to the freezing conditions, so instead chose to bring the hounds to the market place for the public.

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A POPULAR annual tradition will return to Ashbourne this year, as masters of the Four Shires Bloodhounds announced they intend to start their Boxing Day hunt in the town centre again.

The bloodhounds will once again be starting off from the Market Place at 12 noon before heading out into the countryside to chase their human quarry across nearby fields.

The tradition has grown in popularity over the years and dozens of specators come out to see the hunt assemble in the market square before they set off.

Maggie Pearlstine, senior master of the Four Shires Bloodhounds, said: “The Ashbourne meet is the highlight of the year us.

“It’s great to see so many supporters in the Square and we are indebted to the farmers and landowners who let us cross their land to hunt our human quarry.”

The Bloodhounds have an excellent scenting ability, which they use to track their quarry and as the lead hounds follow the scent they can be heard to ‘sing’ to the pack, to communicate the direction to take.

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