And so opening meet has been and gone! On one of the warmest October days imaginable the Tivyside hounds met in muddy conditions to kick start the 2017/18 season. Mid- October may seem particularly early for an opening meet, but to misquote Hartley, “Wales is a foreign country, they do things differently there.”
Photo credit Efa Jones
I’m going to leave aside the very obvious “following hounds” bit and get into a list of five superficial reasons why we love hunting. I kind of hope that the weekly meet write ups put across a little bit of why I love crossing country behind hounds, but I realise that some of my recent lists may have come across as a bit cynical, and I’m really not that horrid (I give money to homeless people ALL THE TIME).
Photo credit Steve Key
We’ve had the hunt followers you’re likely to meet in the field , here is the equine equivalent…
1 The Ex Racehorse
Two weeks after his third and final race, Squidge has come via the sales to the capable hands of a tiny collector of failed racehorses. Covered in white foam if prevented from being at the front, he achieved notoriety at opening meet for overtaking a field of 120 horses to finish a nose in front of the swearing Field Master.