Update from Nick Straker (Chairman) April 2020

Zetland Hunt Update
 
Coronavirus or Covid 19 has had and will have an enormous impact on businesses, individuals and society as a whole.  We don’t yet know the extent of how long this will go on for and therefore the financial impact on the Hunt.  Fundraising through social events such as the end of season dinner and the point to point have ceased already and there will be further threats to the puppy show and other events during the summer.  There may even be a threat to the start of hunting next year – we will have to wait and see. In the meantime we are looking at ways to save money at the kennels and any ideas are always welcome.
 
The online Auction of Promises run by William Snaith will be deferred for a few weeks until the current position is more settled but it is then hoped to have a big push with this as it is something we can all get behind whilst in isolation! More details to follow from William in due course.
 
The Hunt’s position is that we hope to maintain our current staffing levels for the time being but this will obviously have to be kept under review. The staff will be working within the guidelines set by Government but it is clearly more difficult to comply with a business such as the hunt. The overriding issue is for the staff to try and stay safe.
 
Many people had already paid for tickets to the end of season dinner and those who would like a refund should contact the Hon Treasurer, David Anderson on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., giving details of their Account name, sort code & account number bank accounts so that he can make a refund of monies paid accordingly.
 
The stables doors at the kennels all need replacing.  There are 21 doors and the proposal is that subscribers and members may wish to sponsor a door.  The cost is £300 per door and sponsors would then have a plaque attached to the door with their name as a lasting commemoration. Please contact me or the Hon Treasurer should you wish to sponsor a door.
 
Subscriptions have been held at the same level for the last six years  but must now increase and the new rates with effect from 1 May 2020 are detailed below.
 
 
Current
Proposed 
 
Full subscription 
 
£1,265 
 
£1,375
One day’s subscription 
£   965
£1,050
Seven day subscription 
£   660 
£   750 
Seniors 
£   605
£   650
Under 25s
Half the going rate 
 
Juniors (12-17)
£   220
£   250 
Daily cap (Saturday) 
£   120
£   125 
Daily cap (Tuesday)
£     90
£     90
Scent training 
No change 
 
 
Let us hope that the Government’s worst predictions are not accurate and that the Zetland Hunt members and subscribers escape largely unscathed.  It is testing times indeed and we must all try and help each other to get through this.
 
Nick Straker,  Chairman.