The Emlyn Beagles were founded in 1966 by three enthusiastic sportsmen living in Newcastle Emlyn. Tyssul kept a cafe in the town, Joe a butcher's shop, and Martin was an agricultural salesman, also from the town. Initially, hounds, which were all drafts, were kept in a banana container on the yard behind the cafe. Joe and Tyssyl found sufficient food as waste from their businesses.

Their first huntsman was David Birch, first secretary Lyn Evans. In 1972 Roger Simpson, who had whipped in to Colonel Tony Jarvis at the Glyn Celyn, took them home to Cilau Aeron, from whence he hunted them one day a week. In 1981, Roger suffered an injury, and Tim Holland took them home to Big House Farm, Pendine. Tim was MH with Michael Whitelock for about two years. Michael stood down in 1983, and Tim was joined in the mastership by Anna Hunphreys. Hounds left Big House in 1998 and were kennelled with the Pembrokeshire Foxhounds; under the eye of their Kennel Huntsman and later Master, Gary Barber. On the retirement of Tim and Anna, David Thomas, along with Celia Cook, took on the Mastership. After Celia retired in 1996 Matthew Paul picked up the mantle in 2003. From the mid-1980s until his untimely death in 2011 Dr David Roberts was either joint master, huntsman, secretary and, latterly, Honorary Chairman; the Doctor has very much been the backbone of the Emlyn in recent years. David Thomas retired in 2011 and hounds moved from Pembrokeshire and are now kenneled within the Hunt Country, near Ffarmers.

When Tim took hounds on most of the country hunted was in the vicinity of Newcastle Emlyn. However the Shropshire beagles used to come to Tregaron for an early season workout. Tim and Anna, realising the potential of the unregistered and largely unhunted hills of the western Cambrian mountains, more than doubled the size of the registered country, and it is now one of the largest in England and Wales.  

Contact: Matthew Paul M.H. (Tel: 07949 472 525)