Self-proclaimed ‘superhunt’ the Kimblewick are currently without either huntsman or hounds.
The HSA has been told that their huntsman, Guy Fitzearle, has been sacked and taken the hounds to the Thurlow Hunt kennels in Suffolk. We understand this was the fallout from Fitzearle’s savage beating of a hound during a hunt which was witnessed by some of the field riders. There is no information on the condition of the hound, but some reports claim they did not survive.
Fitzearle is no stranger to controversy. He was the huntsman of the Cotswold Hunt last season when hunt sabs discovered a ‘bagged’ fox buried alive in an artificial earth on the day of a hunt. The incident was covered by Channel 4 national news and even though Gloucestershire Police failed to take further action the BHSA’s pathetic sanctions meant Fitzearle was able to continue as a huntsman at the Kimblewick.
Questions were being asked about the situation at the Kimblewick when sabs noticed visiting packs hunting the Kimblewick country. The Bicester with Whaddon Chase and the Puckeridge with Essex Union have both hunted Kimblewick country in recent weeks and this seems to be how the hunt will continue going forward.
An HSA spokesperson commented:
“The Kimblewick claim to be the only superhunt in England and yet here they are without a huntsman or hounds. This situation is clearly highly embarrassing for them, and we doubt even the CA’s Director of Hunting Polly Portwin will be able to put a positive spin on this. We also have significant concerns for the welfare of the hound in question and any other animals under the care of Fitzearle who clearly has no issues meting out brutality to the animals he is meant to be caring for.”