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Welcome to the Spooner's & West Dartmoor Website.  Last updated 26/5/2015. 




On Friday May 22nd Spooners and West Dartmoor Hunt competed alongside 12 other Hunt teams at Devon County Show, in the Inter Hunt Relay event.  The Devon County Show relay event consists of 2 riders, 2 runners and a terrier. Both the riders and runners have a course of jumps / obstacles to tackle, and the winning team will complete the course in the quickest time without incurring any faults.
Riding and running in the Spooners team were Claire Bellamy riding Lisbon, Lucy Hawker riding Shannon, Henry Ware runner no.1, David Crocker runner no.2 and Whisky the Terrier.
The team turned out immaculately for the Tack & Turnout competition, which they won. No mean feat considering both horses were greys!
Next up the Master competed in the Horn Blowing competition and Spooners took 5th place. Just as the competition was finishing there was a surprise for the Master - a lovely birthday cake!  She had managed to keep it quiet all day, but suddenly all competitors and spectators were singing Happy Birthday.

On to the main event - The relay competition. Our team were riding and running in the second to last heat. As always, the heats proved to be fast and furious, but there were lots of poles falling and quite a few refusals. The Spooners runners and riders produced a polished and quick round, with only one hiccup when Lucy's young mare glanced off the second fence, but a quick turn and she was away again. The star of the show was Whisky the Terrier who ran an enthusiastic round with David to finish our relay round.  Spooners and West Dartmoor Hunt finished in second place overall, behind Devon & Somerset Staghounds for the second year running, but it was extremely close. 


'POP UP' PUDDING CLUB Saturday 13 June


Spooners Pop-up Pudding Club at the historic and stunning Tor Royal Farm

By kind permission of Mr D & Mrs J Colton


Saturday 13th June 2015, 7pm -7.30pm


Light Supper followed by a fine selection of homemade Puddings.

Which will be your favourite?


Tickets £12.50 to include a drink. Bar

Contact: Tracey Lear  01822 853919  greateddish@gmail.com

Nicky Alford  01822 617885  nickyalford@btconnect.com  


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Spooner's & West Dartmoor Hunt have 2 teams entered at this years Inter Hunt Relay event
Team 1 - Spooners Bog Hoppers
Rider 1 - Claire Bellamy MFH
Rider 2 - Lucy Hawker
Rider 3 - Ellie Liddle
Rider 4 - Henry Ware
Team 2 - Spooners Granite Bashers
Rider 1 - Emily Harland
Rider 2 - Lynn Pridham
Rider 3 - Julie Vivien
Rider 4 - Becky McArthur
Both teams will be competing in the Main Arena on Thursday June 4th. The Inter Hunt Relay event is scheduled in the show programme to take place @ 6pm. The Tack & Turnout judging will be held beforehand in the warm up arena (next to the main arena).

Please come and support your hunt teams if you are attending the show this year 




An evening meal with accompanying videos of passed points to point is being held at the Dartmoor Inn, Merrivale on Thursday 25th June at 7:00pm.  Call Claire on 07929 543693 to book.  


PUPPY SHOW - Sunday 5th July


The Puppy Show will be held at kennels on Sunday 5th July at 3:00pm.   Followed by tea.


There will be rehearsals for the puppies during the week preceeding the show when a 'crowd' is needed.  Do come and help.  Details later. 


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Thursday 16th July 


The Annual General Meeting of the Spooner's and West Dartmoor Hunt will be held on Thursday 16th July at 8:00pm in the Yelverton Memorial Hall. 




Hounds will be paraded at the Okehampton Show on Thursday 13th August and at the Sheep Dog Trials at Sampford Spiney on Saturday 29th August.  Please come and give your support. 




 Burrator Horse Show - Sunday 7 June 


The Burrator Horse Show,organised by The Spooners and West Dartmoor Branch Pony Club, will take place on Sunday 7th June 2015 commencing 9.00 am.

By kind permission of The Vanstone Family


Trophies for most classes and Rosettes to 6th Place unless otherwise stated


Enquiries- Becky Kodritsch 07792 642026 or email spoonerspcevents@gmail.com



From the Plymouth to Tavistock Road A386 take the Princetown road B3212 at Yelverton roundabout.  Follow the B3212 to Dousland.  Turn RIGHT at the crossroads just past The Burrator Inn, and onto Burrator Road. Carry along this road until you get to the turning for Burrator Reservoir and Sheepstor.  The showfield is immediately on the right hand side opposite the junction. 

Grid reference SX 540677; nearest postcode PL20 6NF.  


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Hunter Trial - Sunday 14th June


There will be a Clear Round Hunter trial at Sampford Spiney on Sunday 14th June