This is the official website for the Hound Trailing Association Ltd.

Chairman – J.B.Laidler, 2,

Oldfield Road, WindermereLA23 1AZ
(Tel: 015394 45200)

Vice-Chairman – P.Airey, 14,

Wooton Way, CarlisleCA2 6SW
(Tel: 01228 511679)

HTA Secretary – Fiona Dixon, Glenmore, Flimby Brow, Flimby, Maryport CA15 8TD

(Tel:07584 660379)


HTA Treasurer – John Bromage, Fletchers, Irton, Holmrook CA19 1TD (Tel: 019467 23714). Cheques to be made payable to HTA Ltd.


Website Editor - Margaret Baxter, Ash Cottage, Blencow, Penrith CA11 0DB (Tel: 017684 83686)


5th March 2021 - Message from the Chairman

Following tonight's meeting it has been agreed that trial trails will commence from the 29th March and the official Season will commence from the 26th April.

This will give four weeks for hounds to run and improve fitness before the official season starts. Covid Rules will continue to be implemented following a

number of minor amendments and will be reviewed as we move forward.

Given that the season will commence on the 26th April and the May Day Trail usually takes place on the first Monday in May the Executive Committee have

agreed to move the May Day trails to the 31st May. Any Area Committee wishing to promote the May Day trails are asked to let the Executive Committee know by

the 19th March and they will make a decision regarding which Area will be successful.

As a result of the above the Bitch Produce trail will be moved forward one week and will take place on the 12th June. Normally this would be hosted by the

Ulverston Area this year but they have confirmed that they are unable to get a venue. Therefore each Area Committee has been asked to let the Executive Committee

know if they wish to promote the Bitch Produce trails by the 19th March and then they will make a decision regarding which area will be successful.

All members are reminded that they need to complete a kennel transfer form and notify the Secretary of any movement of any hounds. They should also

remember that they need to pay £5 when doing so. This also includes change of names and changes to ownership of any hound.

There will be another meeting on the 19th March.

Thank You Barry

27th February - Message from the Chairman

Following last nights meeting the Executive Committee is exploring the possibility of getting trials going in March with the season then starting the second week in April.

A further meeting will take place of the Executive Committee on Friday 5th March where a decision will be made. If March trials are not possible then it may be that the 

month of April will be used for March trials and the season will commence at the start of May. A final decision will be made next Friday and communicated out to all members.

Barry Laidler - Chairman

24th February 2021 - message from the Chairman

Given that there was no Annual General Meeting anyone wanting to ask the Executive committee any questions can they please 

get in touch with their area representatives and they will be able to present the questions at the meeting on Friday 26th February.

Cockermouth and Workington Area representatives - Darren McMaster and David Hogg

Whitehaven Area Representatives - Christine McGee and Tony Steel

Aspatria and Wigton Area Representatives - Andy Horn and Sarah Glaister-Mackereth

Carlisle and Penrith Area Representatives - Paul Airey and John Pattinson 

Westmorland Area Representatives - Russell Dawson and Joe Simpson

Ulverston Area Representatives - Alison Langhorn and Louise Pounder

Keswick Area Representatives - David Loan and Carol Jackson

Thanks Barry Laidler.

23rd February 2021 - Message From Secretary 

Following Boris Johnston's announcements yesterday the Executive Committee will be meeting on Friday evening via Zoom to discuss how this will affect the start of hound trailing.

Further updates will be given once the meeting has been held.

Thanks Fiona

Hound Trailing Association


2020 Covid-19Championship Guidelines 4thJuly





Below are guidelines that must be adhered to at all official championship trails.

Entrance to The Field, Hound Entry and Donations 

The entrance gate must have a table with 2 plastic boxes to receive the entrance fee and hound entry fee; the person manning the gate must be 1 metre from the table and will take entries for the relevant grades advertised; exact money only as no change will be given. Payment must be made with plastic notes or coins only for cleaning purposes.

Parking / Vehicles

 Vehicles must be parked at least 1 metre apart, adhering to the social distancing policy; members must not enter other members’ vehicles and must stay at least 1 metre apart.

The Slip

From the 4th July the promoter must provide a rope on the ground with tape marking every 1 metre to adhere to social distancing.

If the slip is restricted and social distancing can’t be adhered to, in line with government guidelines a mask or face covering is advised to be used at the slip.

During these Covid-19 regulations there will be no ‘marking’ of any hound at the slip.

The Catch

Due to the frantic nature of the catch the HTA are fully aware social distancing will be very difficult so in line with government guidelines where social distancing can’t be guaranteed all handlers are advised to wear a mask or face covering for the duration of the catch. The barrier should be as long as feasibly possible to accommodate the catch and must be marked with tape every 1 metre.

Ticketing Hounds

The Judge, Camera operator and catchers are advised to wear a mask or face covering and catch the relevant ticketing hounds adhering to the social distancing measures.

Prize Money

Prize money will be made available on a table in an envelope for collection after the completion of the trail, all prize money not collected by the end of the meeting will go to the promoter’s balance sheet.

Book Making and Catering

Bookmakers and Caterers are asked to implement their own covid-19 measures in line with government guidelines, members are asked to adhere to the social distancing guidelines while in the bookies area and queuing for catering facilities.

The HTA will accept no responsibility for any measures individual bookmakers or caterers choose to implement.

Trail Layers

Those laying the trails must always wear gloves and dispose of them at the end of the trail laying.

Roads and Road Scouts

Only the road scout/s and their vehicle should be at any road crossing, strictly no other members at the road crossing.

Prize Draws

Promoters have the option to use a football scratch card to replace a prize drawing, this is similar to a ‘dog board’ and the winning team will receive a cash prize defined by the promoter.

The normal raffle prize process has been suspended for season 2020.

Maiden Trails& Open Restricted

Due to the shortened championship season the following rule amendments will apply for season 2020 only.

Senior Maiden may win one SM and one OM.

Puppy maiden may win one PM and one OM, or one SM and one OM.

Open restricted hounds may win two OR.

Other Important Information


These guidelines must be placed as a notice on the entry gate to every fixture along with a sign displaying ‘Behind Closed Doors - Members Only’.

Promoters must disinfect all gates, fences and any other surfaces touched by members in the vicinity of the trail field when everyone has left the trail field.

Some members are in the category of over 70 and/or ‘increased risk’ groups, are they not permitted to attend the trail field?

The HTA is aware that some members may be at ‘high risk’ of coronavirus, according to the most up-to-date NHS advice. Those individuals are advised to carefully consider the latest NHS guidance throughout the above regulations, to not bring additional risks to their own health and safety. Whilst the above regulations do not require the HTA to prohibit ‘increased risk’ individuals from the trail field, everyone is strongly urged to act in their own best interests in line with the NHS advice. 

The Dog Produce will take place in the Whitehaven area on Saturday 22nd August. The Bitch Produce will take place at Helton on Sat 19th September.


The Executive have agreed that the 2020 season will be an official Championship season from the 4th July to the 31st October. 

Promoters are reminded that all fixtures should be booked via your area committee and the HTA secretary.

Championship Trails. N.B. All run under Covid 19 Rules, see above 


Following an Executive Meeting on Friday 2nd October a decision was made to postpone all area committee Annual General Meetings, the December meeting of Area Committees and the Association Annual General Meeting Scheduled for February. This decision will be reviewed as we move forward depending on any changes around the management of Covid 19.

All points tables have been updated along with pictures on the Season page.

Congratulations to all the winners and runners up for 2020

Reminder of Rules

Litter Registration

44.1 Members must provide the Secretary with a mating form for all bitches which have been mated and the owner of the dam must be a member

44.2 All bitches mated on or before the 15th November shall be inspected on the 31st December by two members of the Area Committee. The secretary must

be informed of all litters within three days of birth.

Mating forms are available on request from the Secretary.

Confirmed Mating's So Far

1. Jenny's Aura and General James - born 1st Jan - 5 x bitches and 4 x dogs 

2. Kinniside Molly and Miterdale Shadow - born 15th Jan - 1 x dog

3. Mysterious and Eden Rossi - born 25th Jan - 6 x bitches and 2 x dogs

4. Overwater Gemini and Denton Return - no pups

5. Eagle Star and Insider born 13th Feb - 5 x bitches and 4 x dogs

6. Thorn Fire and General James - no pups

7. Sweet Harmony and Eden Rossi - born 12th Feb - 3 x bitches and 3 x dogs

8. Thorn Dancer and Miterdale Shadow

9. Bewitched and Huntsman's Major

10. Babycham and Jazz Band

11. Buble and Miterdale Copper

Yorkshire HTA

Spring Ranger and Cloudy Mist - 6 x pups - 5 x dogs and 1 x bitch

Puppy Registrations 2021 (To be approved by each Area Committee)

REHOMING  -  to book hounds in for re-homing, please contact Sue Lloyd (016974 78383 evenings) or e-mail her on 

Sue runs Lakeland Trailhound Welfare, and you can be assured that she will advise you and will make all arrangements for you.

The HTA has complete confidence in Sue, and we are extremely lucky to have her.

Latest slipping times: 

April 1 - 6                       7.15 pm

April 7 – 14                    7.30 pm

April 15 – 22                  7.45 pm

April 23 – 29                  8.00 pm

April 30 – May 6            8.15 pm

May 7 – 13                     8.30 pm

May 14 – 20                   8.45 pm

May 21 – 27                   9.00 pm

May 28 – July 8              9.15 pm

July 9 – 21                       9.00 pm

July 22 – 28                     8.45 pm

July 29 – Aug 4                8.30 pm

Aug 5 – 11                        8.15 pm


Aug 12 – 18                      8.00 pm

Aug 19 – 25                      7.45 pm

Aug 26 – Sept 1                7.30 pm

Sept 2 – 8                          7.15 pm

Sept 9 – 15                        7.00 pm

Sept 16 – 22                      6.45 pm

Sept 23 – 30                      6.30 pm

Oct 1 – 6                             5.45 pm

Oct 7 – 13                           5.30 pm

Oct 14 – 20                         5.15 pm

Oct 21 – 24                         5.00 pm

Oct 25 – 27                         4.45 pm

Oct 28 – 31                         3.45 pm