North Somerset Show
Details of the Show can be found by following the link www.nsas.org.uk
Equine Herpes Virus
Information regarding Equine Herpes Virus can be found on the Useful Information Page.
Welcome to the Mendip Farmers' Hunt
Our hunt country is well over 80% grass with something for everyone, from wide open days on the flat Somerset levels to our famous stone wall country on the Mendip Hills.
We meet every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the season, and are very pleased to see visitors. To come out with us please contact our Honorary Hunt Secretaries, who you will find on the 'contact us' page. They can provide details about Meets, how to hire a horse for the day, or any other friendly advice you might need.
End of Season
The Masters and Chairman have taken the decision to cancel Hunting for the last day of the season.
All farmers have been under huge pressure since the rain started to fall last spring and have continued to welcome us throughout the whole season despite the wet conditions. However, in the last couple of weeks we have seen a series of drying days and there has now been much chain harrowing and rolling of the pasture land. Last weeks rain has again brought the water table to the top of the ground and those who were hunting last Saturday, will know how deep and holding the ground was. More than once we found ourselves in neatly rolled grassland and we feel that out of respect for the farmers we should not continue.
We also have sheep and lambs turned out in a great many fields around the Chewton Mendip area which would need to be avoided. Furthermore, there is also the possibility of the "Schmallenberg virus" causing further loss and stress to our hosts, the farming community.
Although the Equine Herpes virus is not too close to us, it is at Badminton, and we would like horse owners to look at the attached fact sheets and be very aware of the situation.
We all hope that you understand our position and very much hope that you have all enjoyed this season as much as we have enjoyed trying to entertain you.
On Behalf of the Masters