Irish Wolfhound History

Bits and Pieces - Coursing

WESTERN DAILY PRESS BRISTOL - Thursday, January 29 1925

For the first time in the history of British sport Irish wolfhounds figured yesterday in a coursing meeting. The event, which had aroused great interest, took place on Boscombe Down, near Amesbury, Wilts., and attracted a large company of sporting men and women, many of whom had come a very long distance to see what sort of show the biggest of all dogs would make against the strong running hares of Salisbury Plain. Yesterday the heats for the President's Cup and the Steward's Cup were run off, and though greyhound coursing men who were present will probably not fear any great anxiety for the established order of this sport, it will be generally admitted that the performances of some of the hounds were highly creditable and demonstrated the possibilities of the breed for sport. They were put to a very severe test; the slipper invariably allowed the hare more than the recognised start - thirty yards - and during the day there were but three kills. But some of the events produced really good sport, and a tremendous lot of ground was covered before the hare eventually got to cover in a clump of wood. The wolfhound is handicapped in several ways as compared with the greyhound. The latter, as a result of being bred from many generations of coursing ancestors, are equipped at the outset with an instinctive aptitude for the sport; they are lightweights and therefore quicker on the turn, and being lower to ground better able to take a hare on the run.
There is no need to make a comparison between the greyhound and the wolfhound. The friends of the latter believe, and after yesterday's events, more firmly than ever that the great Irish hound is a real sporting breed and could be used with confidence against a big, quick-moving quarry. There were some magnificent examples of the breed entered for the meeting, and some of the best known breeders were present. Mr. I.W. Everett had his famous champion Felixstowe Kilcoo entered, and Miss Beauchamp of Woodborough House, Bath was present with her grand young dog Thor of Ifold. T.H. Hudson of St. Mary, Bourne, Mrs. Barr of Mayes Green, Surrey, Mr. Chas. Champness of Weybridge, Mrs. Ellis of Mersham, Surrey, Dr. O'Keefe of St. Helens, Mrs. Southey of Frinton-on-Sea, Mr. A.P. Strohmenger of Sunningdale, Mr. E. Watson of Berkswell, Warwickshire, and Mr. J. Nagle of Stonehenge, also entered dogs. Major Harding Cox acted as judge, and Mr. J. Nagle, hon. secretary of the Irish Wolfhound Coursing Club, was the slipper. The meeting will be continued today.

 group of hounds
 Miss Marlow with a trio of hounds
left to right: Mrs. A.F. Ellis' Gerg of Ifold, Mr. J. Nagle's Sulhamstead Thelma
and Mr. Edwin Watson's Plain Clara
 Slipping a pair of hounds
 Mr. J. Nagle slipping a pair of hounds at the Irish Wolfhound Coursing Meeting
at Amesbury yesterday



 Mrs. Barr's group of four
 James Nagle as slipper
 Miss Beauchamp
 Miss Barr with pair


For more on the Amesbury Coursing Meeting - from The Field and another publication - see


GLOUCESTERSHIRE ECHO - Thursday 19 January, 1933


An unusual coursing meeting, being confined to Irish wolfhounds, took place at Springhill, near Broadway, today, by permission of Captain W.N. Hannay, M.C.
There were two events; the Broadway Stakes, for £2 and a cup presented by Mrs. F. Nagle, and the Springhill Stakes, for £1.10s and a cup, also presented by Mrs. Nagle. Fourteen dogs took part.
The ground was covered with three inches of snow, and fog made the meeting doubtful, but conditions later improved. Hares were plentiful and there were good long courses.


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