Hound Trails were introduced to the Eskdale Show in 1874 and have been a popular attraction ever since. The races follow an invisible trail on the fells made by dragging rags soaked in aniseed and parrafin from the halfway point on the course. The trail is laid by two people known as "Trailers" who drag the rags behind them, one Trailer heading towards the start and the other heading towards the finish. Pups race over a 5 mile course and seniors over a 10 mile course - usually completed in under 30 minutes which is a heck of a pace considering the terrain and the need to follow a scent.
There is much more information available about the sport on The Hound Trailing Assocaition web-site including how to take part and details of other events around the county.
Eskdale Show usually hosts five races for different classes and there are bookmakers on site should you fancy a flutter to add to the excitement. Betting on each race closes when "TRAIL!" is announced signalling the race is close to conclusion. If you have a pair of binnoculars make sure you bring them along to keep an eye of the races as they progress.
The results of the 2017 Hound Trails were as follows (classes are in bold):
Seniors 1 Jenny’s Aura 2 Marlou 3 Bedazzled 4 Songbird 5 Miterdale Copper 6 Ladybird. 8 Ran Time 26 44.
Also Ran Thorn Dancer – Huntsman’s Jewel.
Senior Maidens 1 Kinniside Beauty 2 Manna 3 Miterdale Proper 4 Foxparke So Be It 5 Kinniside Bess 6 Foxparke Peggy Sue. 16 Ran Time 30.07..
Also Ran Great Gable – Out Of The Blue – Foxparke Homeward Dude – Foxparke Artistye – Westgate Autumn – Casanova – Blue Solo- Foxparke Yabadabadoio – Foxparke Rosie Lee.- yogi bear
Pups 1 Miterdale Shadow 2 Hawkswood 3 Kinniside Molly 4 Kinniside Meg 5 Foxparke Golden Balls 6 Kinniside Mel . 14 Ran Time 18.41.
Also Ran Paddywack – Sandyman – Jennies Breeze – Huntsman’s Mist – Foxparke Homeward Pride – Foxparke Homeward Again – Foxparke Lucy Lou – Foxparke Juicy Fruity –
Open Restricted 1 Bewitched 2 Overwater Jack 3 Night vision 4 Hunter’s Dale5 Billy Whizz 6 Foxparke Invisible. 12 Ran Time 18.55
Also Ran- Dawn – Razzle Dazzle – Paloma Faith – Foxparke Hooligan – Sweet Harmony – Black Eyed Boy.
Veterans 1 Cherish 2 Quiet Linnet 3 Artisan 4 Capetown 5Huntsman’s Hope 6 Free Spirit. 12 Ran Time 19 16–
Also Ran What Look – Black – Eyed – Pea – Kerrymore – Canny Girl Tagget – come Home Alfie.