THE Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt defied adverse weather conditions in order to keep with tradition.
The New Year’s Day hunt met at the Spread Eagle in Midhurst in a time-honoured tradition, celebrating the beginning of the new year with a hunt.
Despite the pouring rain, and many supporters being house-bound by floods, a hardy 30 people mounted and more than 200 supporters went along on foot at the Spread Eagle Hotel lawn meet.
Supporters at the meet ranged from keen young pony racer Will Carver through to Stan Mayes, in his mid 90s, who ventured out from his nursing home for the traditional meet.
Ted James and his wonderful staff at the Spread Eagle showed riders superb hospitality during a short respite from the rain.
The ride set off at 11am and rode through West Lavington on to Heyshott Common where they laid the first trail.
The first trail took in some planned jumps along with a few unplanned fallen trees across the various paths.
Intrepid trailers laid some testing trails criss-crossing the common and past Hoyle towards Gallows Hill and Graffham.
With all riders soaked through, and having run many trails, the hunt retired midway through the afternoon.
The next event is a Burn’s Night supper on Saturday, January 18, from 7pm at The Royal Oak Pub, exclusively hired out for the entire night.
For all ages including children and teenagers, there will be a three-course dinner (including whisky to toast the haggis) at £35.