Happy trails at Carlisle; LETTERS.
Happy trails at Carlisle I ORGANISED a demonstration hound trail at Carlisle racecourse on Monday from which PS400 was donated to Jack Berry House, with jockeys Richard Johnson and Brian Harding receiving the cheque.
There was a mention of this in the Racing Post, but it was reported that the funds were raised from a display by foxhounds. The dogs in the display were, in fact, trail hounds.
Trail hounds derived from foxhounds many decades ago and eventually two associations were formed and are still active - I have the first results book, dated 1856.
But trail hounds do not chase foxes. From a very early age they are trained to follow aniseed oil and paraffin mix. Any more information required can be found on our website onlineborders/ community/bhta The idea of having these demonstration hound trails is to enlighten those spectators who do not know what hound trailing is and to make donations to our charities.
Initially, we collected PS800. Half was split between cancer, air ambulance and local community charities, and many more, while, thanks to the hospitality of Carlisle racecourse and the generosity of the spectators - who love to see the hounds - we gave the other half to Jack Berry House through the Injured Jockeys Fund.
Jenny Horn President Border Hound Trailing Association