Crowd gathers for New Year's Day meet in Midhurst
It was a familiar and spectacular sight and a large crowd gathered to watch the start of another year for the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt.
They had come to see the traditional New Year’s Day meet of the hunt which takes place at The Spread Eagle Hotel in the heart of the historic market town of Midhurst.
“This historic Inn has hosted many a meet since it was built back in 1430,” said joint Master of Foxhounds Charles Homan adding the New Year’s Day meet of 2017 was given a warm welcome by J-J Pollak (general manager of the hotel), Horace and the hotel team.
“A mounted field of 45 riders and several hundred supporters on foot who had gathered to watch were served with mulled wine and food from their sumptuous kitchen,” said Charles.
“On a damp New Year’s day, this was the perfect way to shake away the cobwebs from a night of revelling the evening before welcoming in 2017.
“Hounds, horses and their mounts, enjoyed an eventful day hunting over the gorgeous countryside around Midhurst.
“Long may this traditional meet continue and what better way to welcome 2017.”
Ist whip, Tim Staines and huntsman Sage Thompson led the field away from the hotel on a brisk morning with the hounds around them anxious for the off.
And Joint Masters of Foxhounds Charles Homan and Paul Lyon-Maris were at the front as it moved off down Chichester Road and out of Midhurst.
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