Bereleigh Estate in East Meon hosts a day of countryside sport

Friday 12th August 2022 11:00 am
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Hampshire Country Sports Day.
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The Hampshire Country Sports Day returns to the Bereleigh Estate in East Meon on September 11 from 9am to 5pm.

It consists of a wide range of shopping, demonstrations, have a go activities and competitions open to the public, and is a place for family and friends to gather and share their love for the countryside.

There will be a gun dog demonstration by Nick Gregory, who specialises in breeding and training gun dogs for work and competitions, shooting demonstrations and talks on wild fowling and the history of the shotgun by countryman Chris Green, and a fishing demonstration by Charles Jardine. Terrier and non-terrier dog racing will be held, and Ye Olde Redwing Falconry will put on a show-stopping falconry display.

There will be a horse and hound parade with The Hursley Hambledon Hunt, The Hampshire Hunt and The Sandhurst & Aldershot and Palmer Marlborough & Clinkard Valley Beagles.

Olympic medal winner Richard Faulds and his Owls Lodge Shooting School team will provide clay pigeon shooting for beginners and competition for clay shooting enthusiasts.

Raven Field Archers will help people of all ages have a go at archery by shooting roundels and 3D animal targets, and Meon Valley Air Guns will provide shooting taster sessions.

The British Fly-Casting Club and the Salmon & Trout Conservation Hampshire Branch will show off tips and tricks, host lessons for beginners and hold an accuracy and casting competition for all levels, with prizes to be won.

The family dog show will have classes for prettiest bitch, handsomest dog, best child handler, waggiest tail, scruffiest dog, best puppy and best veteran, followed by the overall championship.

There will also be the gun dog scurry, with the chance to win rosettes and prizes, and the terrier and lurcher show hosted by The Coursing Crew, from which the winners will qualify for The Weston Park Country Fair Champion of Champions Grand Final.

Trade stands will sell leisure and sporting goods, clothing, gifts, outdoor wear, fashion, jewellery, plants, crafts and art. For tickets, priced £13 (under-16s free) visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/hcsd

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