Picture Gallery: Boxing Day hunt on hoof and paw

RIDERS and supporters turned out on foot, hoof and paw for the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Boxing Day hunt.

More than 80 people mounted as they were joined by their biggest-ever crowd of supporters.

Two year old Scarlet on her 'reindeer'. Scarlet received a round of applause as she bounced along at speed PICTURE BY JUDITH TURNER SUS-141230-113217001

Two year old Scarlet on her 'reindeer'. Scarlet received a round of applause as she bounced along at speed PICTURE BY JUDITH TURNER SUS-141230-113217001

Hounds and horses packed Petworth Park to enjoy the traditional spectacle before applauding the hunt as they left. Many then took advantage of the park to enjoy a walk in the bracing air, accompanied by hundreds of dogs, with labradors and terriers in abundance.

A second meeting place at The Stag Inn pub at Balls Cross attracted many foot followers to watch the mount change horses or just stop for a quick refresher. Hospitable landlords Simon and Erica replenished depleted stocks at half-time.

Getting into the festive spirit, some riders decorated their horses while others decorated themselves.

One of the stars of the day was two-year-old Scarlet on her ‘reindeer’, led by her mother to start.

Scarlet received a round of applause as she bounced along at speed, obviously enjoying herself.

The hunt had 88 mounted on Boxing Day, exactly one more rider than last season and 77 at Coombelands on Christmas Eve.