The Championship comprises a minimum of 13 qualifying events culminating in the Final at the Heythrop team chase in April 2016. Qualifiers started at the Atherstone on Sunday 20th September, before taking in events in nine counties for 13 hunts.

William Delamore, Sales & Marketing Director for Skinner’s Pet Foods, commented: “We’re delighted to add our long term support to British Team Chasing, and to the Open Championship in particular. There’s a strong correlation between our market and the audience attending events of this nature, not least the fact that over 60% of spectators and participants own a dog. We’re looking forward to meeting a great many of our customers, and to enjoying some wonderful sport.”

Philip Cowen, Chairman of British Team Chasing, added: ”We’re delighted to welcome Skinner’s to the family of sponsors backing our sport. Skinner’s is a well-known brand that resonates with our audience, and their investment will allow us to develop the sport and open up new events beyond our current venues. This is a sport where participant levels are growing strongly, and aligning ourselves with Skinner’s should accelerate that process.”

The team chasing season started on Sunday 30 August with the Warwickshire event at Southam, The Skinner’s Pet Foods National Championship takes place at Little Compton, near Chipping Norton in April 2016.

Visit: www.teamchasing.co.uk, or  www.skinnerspetfoods.co.uk