The Blencathra Sporting Challenge is an exciting event which celebrates all types of sporting dogs from whippets and lurchers, terriers, pastoral breeds, hounds and gundogs, in addition to foxhounds and beagles from registered packs.
Each sporting dog is shown in their respective class and each class winner competes to be crowned champion. The champions compete to become the overall winner on the day, earning the accolade of BEST IN SHOW. The magnificent Crozier Cup is presented and athough the winner is unable to take the cup home, a silver salver is presented. In 2017, BEST PUPPY IN SHOW was added and presented with their own trophy ,The Rawlings Champion Puppy
The Crozier Cup was presented in March 1866 to Mr John Crozier of The Riddings, Threlkeld. Contributions were made by some 200 supporters and the presentation was made
"In appreciation of his services to the wide district, as the master of The Blencathra Foxhounds for a period of more than 26 years and also as a token of esteem for his hospitality as a Country Gentleman"
Squire Crozier, as he was known, went on to serve as Master for a further 27 years, that is 63 years in total from 1840-1903, having made a significant contribution along the way to the wellbeing of The Blencathra Foxhoundsand laying the very best foundations for the Blencathra as it is today.
Since the formation of the Blencathra in 1826 by Squire Crozier's father Mr Crozier Senior there have been a total of 15 masters and incredibly only 7 huntsman.