There are six clubs within The Bicester with Whaddon Chase Hunt.
Formed to take over the activities of the Hunt under the new law
In response to the Hunting Act, the Bicester Hunt with Whaddon Chase formed a Hound Club to take over the activities of the Hunt within the new law.
A route for Hound Exercise is chosen with the agreement of landowners and lines are laid for hounds to follow. Where foxes are encountered, the Hunt Staff and other assistants are under specific instructions to stop hounds from hunting.
Bicester and Warden Hill Pony Club
The Bicester and Warden Hill Hunt branch started in 1930 and covers the area similar to the Hunt, from which it takes its name and with whom it has strong links. The southern part is almost a square, the boundaries of which are defined by the towns and larger villages of Banbury, Brackley and Buckingham a kink to Winslow then south to Aylesbury. Further south to Thame then west to Horton cum Studley via Long Crendon to Kidlington then directly north to Banbury. On top of this is a triangle, from Banbury to the northern tip at Byfield, south via Marston St Lawrence to Brackley then west to Banbury to complete it.
The Bicester branch is a member of Pony Club Area 12.
We have approximately 200 members aged from 5 to 21 years old. We try to cater for everyone and run a programme of activities throughout the year, including rallies, tests, achievement badges, fun rides, social occasions, specific discipline training, summer camps and a long distance ride.
We also run a Show Jumping Show at Addington in the February half term, a Hunter Trial during April in the beautiful Bignell Park near Chesterton. Each year we run a Junior and Novice One Day Event at Primrose Farm in Gawcott, and a Pony Show in Marsh Gibbon – both in June. Details of all our competitions are on the Pony Club website and we welcome both Pony Club members and non members at all competitions with the exception of the Pony Show.
Teams and individuals represented the branch at Area and Inter Branch level in Dressage, Prix Caprilli, Eventing, Show Jumping and Tetrathlon this year. We are a friendly branch whose aim is to combine learning and training with fun and friendship. For information about joining the Bicester & Warden Hill Hunt Branch, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website
The club was formed initially with a clay-pigeon section in the early nineteen twenties for farmers and their families, and was a means of thanking them for allowing the hunt to cross their land in the winter.
The club has a series of shoots held at masters and subscribers homes on Mondays. These culminate in a final for the Budget cup. We then have some matches against adjacent hunts. In 1947 during the post war turmoil, the Hunt’s farmers took responsibility for the running of the club with subscribers acting as their hosts, and this has continued to the present day A cricket and tennis section was formed later, again playing internal and external matches. More recently a golf competition has been started, showing the changing times.
The goodwill created, and success of this club is phenomenal and the envy of our neighbouring hunts. The age range of our participants is all-encompassing. Long may the club continue. For further information contact the club secretary: Harriet West 07739 567544
In 1954 The Whaddon Chasers was the first hunt supporters club to be set up. This was followed in 1963 by the Bicester & Warden Hill Hunt. After the amalgamation of both hunts in 1986 the Bicester and Whaddon Chasers Supporters Club was set up to support the hunt in every way.
Singing at the hunt Carol Service at Stratton Audley in the period before Christmas is a highlight. Other functions include: dances, skittles matches, hunt breakfasts, inter-hunt quizzes, summer garden evenings and an open day at the kennels in June.
The club raises substantial funds each year and supports the hunt either by donating cash or purchasing vehicles & horses
The singing at the Hunt Carol Service at Stratton Audley in the run up to Christmas is one of our Hunt’s highlights of the year; and by holding other such diverse social functions as dances, skittles matches, hunting breakfasts, inter-hunt quizzes, and summer garden evenings together with the Open Day at the Hunt Kennels in June.
Whaddon Chase Pony Club
The Whaddon Chase Branch was formed in December 1931 by Lady Eva Roseberry and currently has around 130 members. We are an inclusive branch and endeavour to provide all members with the training and support to be successful in their chosen discipline at whatever level they choose. We also believe all our members should have fun. We run branch competitions in Dressage, Endurance,
Eventing, Show Jumping and Tetrathlon and the Branch is also active in Polocrosse and the PC Quiz.
One of the highlights of the year is Camp and we now hold Senior, Junior and Mini Camps during the Summer holidays. We also hold Endurance and SJ Weekend camps as well as a very popular Beach Ride at Wells Next the Seas in Norfolk.
During the year we run an extensive Rally Programme at various venues across our area and offer all members aged 4-25 the chance to meet up and receive instruction from our pool of over 20 instructors. The Rally Programme also includes fun events such as Picnic Rides and the Easter Egg Hunt. In addition we have dedicated Team Training for those who are working towards specific Pony Club competitions.
The Branch is lucky enough to be situated in some lovely country and we recognise that one of the best ways to learn to ride across it is to go hunting. Hounds are welcome visitors to camp and Members also compete in the Hunt’s own Hunter Trails and Team Chase competitions.
New members are very welcome. For information about all activities and joining the Whaddon Chase Branch visit the website