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Festival of Hunting celebrates 130th Anniversary

Lycetts Festival of Hunting

The prestigious Lycetts Festival of Hunting will take place on Wednesday 18th July 2018 at the East of England Showground, Peterborough. For many, the day marks the highlight of the summer social calendar and includes the Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show which celebrates its 130th anniversary this year.

Jeremy Staples, CEO, East of England Agricultural Society and Secretary of the Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show said: “We are thrilled to be unveiling plans for what will be a landmark year for the event. The Lycetts Festival of Hunting, which incorporates the longstanding Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show, is a highlight of the summer social calendar and is a testament to the thriving countryside community. We look forward to welcoming visitors to another spectacular showcase for the world of hunting.”

Showcase for hunting

The historic event is an annual showcase for the world of hunting and boasts the greatest gathering of hounds in the country. The organisers of the festival are delighted to announce that insurance broking and financial services group Lycetts will be the title sponsor for 2018. This will mark the third of their recently extended five-year partnership agreement with the festival.

Angus Keate, Deputy Chairman of Lycetts Insurance Brokers today: “Our headline sponsorship of the Festival of Hunting sits at the heart of Lycetts philosophy to work with those involved in the rural community and the Lycetts Festival of Hunting organisers are one of a number of well-known rural organisations with whom we have a close relationship. We aim to be the most trusted specialist adviser in this sector for those requiring our insurance broking and financial advisory expertise and support of events such as this is a key part of our strategy.

Agreeing our title sponsorship of the Lycetts Festival of Hunting for a further three years affirms our unwavering commitment to this event and the rural community in which it sits, and we hope this will not go unnoticed by those involved in hunting during these challenging times. I am delighted to lead our headline sponsorship of this event and look forward to welcoming friends old and new to the Festival in July.”

HOYS Qualifiers

The Festival will play host to a vibrant variety of showing classes with in-hand and ridden equine classes and qualifiers for the Horse of the Year Show in many categories, as well as the much-loved inter-hunt relays. Harriers, Beagles, Basset Hounds, Draghounds, and Bloodhounds will also be competing alongside displays of fell hounds and coursing dogs. The Lycetts Festival of Hunting Horn Blowing competition will take place at their drinks reception, with guests hoping to win the sought-after hunting horn, engraved and donated by The Hunting Shop, from 2017 winner Nicholas Map.

The Lycetts Festival of Hunting is a wonderful opportunity for those in the hunting community to renew old acquaintances and visit some of the specialist exhibitors; from clothing and accessories to interiors, gifts and purveyors of the finest food and drink.

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