Press Release: March 09, 2010
Parts of the Chatsworth Estate not normally accessible to the public will be open to riders, with a choice of two routes available across 12 or six miles.
This year, the Chatsworth Sponsored Ride is raising funds for the Four Shires Puppy Appeal.
Numbers are limited, and riders are urged to book now. A dedicated website www.chatsworthsponsoredride2010.co.uk has been created to enable people to book easily online.
Alternatively, Charlie Parkin is handling phone entries and can be reached on 0787 8348631.
More information on the Puppy Appeal is available on the Chatsworth Sponsored Rides Puppy Appeal page.
Maggie Pearlstine, senior master of the Four Shires Bloodhounds, said: This is a great opportunity to have fun with some friends and raise some funds to enable the Four Shires Puppies Breeding Programme to continue.
Thanks to the generosity of Chatsworth, riders will be able to see some of the UKs most beautiful countryside, over a route of either 12 or six miles.
Riders at the Chatsworth Fun Ride can decide which route they wish to do after setting out and will be directed appropriately.
Stewards will be present at regular points throughout the ride to assist with any queries on the day and all riders will receive a memento of their day.
The Four Shires Bloodhounds meet each week throughout Autumn, Winter and early Spring, thanks to the generosity of local farmers and landowners.
Bloodhounds chase the scent of human quarry often a marathon or fell runner across country of 20 miles, with a mounted field in pursuit.
The Hunt established in 2000 - attracts people from all walks of life and its bloodhounds are a popular attraction when they meet the public at Summer events including Ashbourne Show, Ashover Show and the Brailsford Ploughing Match.
Maggie added: Our biddable bloodhounds are popular with people of all ages and give the public a great deal of pleasure.
However, they are difficult to breed. To give them more agility, the hounds have had a bit of Dumfriesshire Black and Tan and even some Otterhound infused over the years.
Now we are attempting to breed hounds which have fine scenting noses and the necessary stamina to cross steep country in and around the Peak Park.
Our kennel-huntsman, Heidi Critchlow, has successfully restarted the breeding programme and with enormous care and attention has raised two large litters, which were whelped in May 2009. More puppies are hoped for this Spring.
Puppies need to be fed frequently and given extra milk. They soon get solid food as well.
They all need jabs, chipping, worming and protection against kennel cough and with more than 25 couple (50 hounds in total) at kennels now, we need help to pay the bills and continue this worthwhile programme.
With the sponsorship raised, we can ensure that the hounds have a future in the Peaks.
We would urge riders to do their best to invite friends and acquaintances to sponsor them at Chatsworth and fill in the sponsorship form.
There will be prizes for the most money raised in three categories: under 12s, 13-18 year-olds, and adults.
A video about the event can be found at www.youtube.com/chatsworthride2010