Pembrokeshire is the westernmost peninsular of South Wales.
The southern part of the county which forms the Hunt Country is bounded by the sea on the south and west, by the deep inlet of Milford Haven and by the A40 on the north, and on the east just beyond the county boundary with Carmarthenshire .
The country consists mainly of small grassland pastures and woodland. Dairy and sheep farmers and smallholdings make up the rural scene, punctuated by deep wooded valleys. The southern part of the County of Pembroke was colonised by the Normans and Flemings at the expense of the native Welsh and the area became known as 'Little England beyond Wales' and continues to be an English speaking area to this day.
The Hunt dates from the 18th century. For two hundred years hounds have hunted the peninsular that makes up the hunt country. For a large part of those two centuries hounds have been kennelled at the Cresselly home of the Allen family.
It is recorded that John Bartlett Allen had a pack there in 1789. But for a few breaks, notably between 1888 and 1893, when the Mastership passed to Colonel Lort Phillips of Lawrenny, and between 1929 and 1933, when Lord Merthyr and his daughter The Hon Anne Lewis, were in command, hounds have remained at Cresselly, and are still there today. A distinguished squire of Cresselly, Henry Seymour Allen, famous for climbing to bed on a rope, hunted the country at this own expense, as had his forbears, during which time the Hunt was known as Mr. Seymour Allen's Hounds. It remained a private pack until 1929 when it reverted to the South Pembrokeshire, a subscription pack.
A memorable Mastership began in 1942 when Miss Auriol Allen of Cresselly, took the reins and continued for 46 seasons until 1988 becoming the senior Lady Master of Foxhounds in Great Britain. She was joined by both her husbands as joint masters Major David Harrison-Allen 1939 and 1946-1960, and Captain Brian Evans 1965-1978. She became of President of the Hunt in 1988 till her death in 1992.
In 1988 she was succeeded by Simon Hart (now Conservative MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire), who 2 seasons later was joined in the Mastership by Mrs. Evan's children, Mr. Hugh Harrison-Allen and Mrs. Juliet Lloyd.
In 1996 the hunt was much saddened to learn of the death of Mrs. Lloyd, who was still serving as a Joint Master. Mr. Simon Hart retired at the end of the 1997/8 season. Miss Judith Reed, a previous Master of the Pembrokeshire, joined the Mastership in 2012.
The Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) is the governing body of foxhunting and represents 176 packs of foxhounds that hunt in England and Wales and a further 10 in Scotland. The MFHA has strict rules and codes of conduct that have been written to promote standards of best practice in kennels and the field, and to show the accountability of member packs. All Masters of foxhounds packs are members of the MFHA and have to agree to abide by the Association's rules, codes of conduct and instructions. There are considerable sanctions available to the MFHA which include disqualification of any member hunt or individual.