DOZENS of people turned out on New Year’s Day to support the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray (CLC) Hunt.
Storme Whittaker said: “There were 45 mounted followers who met in the car park of the Spread Eagle Hotel in Midhurst.
“This was significantly more than last year due to the improved weather.
“Last year it was torrential.
“As with Boxing Day, the hunt was well supported by foot followers of all ages.
“People enjoyed being able to get up close to the hounds and wandered among the mounted followers.
“The mounted followers enjoyed mulled wine and sausage rolls kindly supplied by our hosts.
“After the field master, Charles Homan, had called for hounds, the field made their way to Ambersham/ Heyshott Common.
“Huntsman Adrian Thompson blew for home at 3pm with all followers having enjoyed their day.”
The Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray’s huntsman is Adrian Thompson, known as ‘Sage’.
He is supported by first whip Tim Staines and four amateur whips, Kate Ford, Graham Lawes, Mark Teear and Julian Edge.
The responsibility for managing the hunt lies with the mastership, made up of Tim Lee, Vicki Wilkins, Robin Muir and Charles Homan.
The New Year’s Day meet follows on from a successful Christmas turn-out, when the hunt had 88 mounted for its Boxing Day meet, exactly one more rider than last season, and 77 at Coombelands on Christmas Eve.
This month will be busy for the CLC Hunt, with its pub of the month meeting in the The Cricketer’s at Wisborough Green on Wednesday, January 14 at 7.30pm.
This will be followed by a Burns supper on January 24 at Petworth House.
With thanks to:
Sue and Joe Bird jsbeephotography
Clive Bennett photography www.polopictures.co.uk
See all the pictures in this week’s Observer (January 8).