Were you out recently with either the Vine and Craven in Hampshire or the Duhallow Hunt in Co Cork, Ireland, when the H&H hunting correspondents paid a visit? If so, why not take a look at the pictures below to see if you were spotted by our photographers.
The Vine and Craven
Covering west Berkshire, north Hampshire and a small part of east Wiltshire, this pack meets for trail-hunting twice a week — on Tuesdays and Saturdays — throughout the season.
Those hunting with the Vine and Craven can enjoy small mounted fields during the week, enabling those out to enjoy being able to watch hounds and benefiting from the friendly and welcoming reception they pride themselves on.
Their country is made up of open country in Berkshire including the Marlborough Downs that contrasts greatly to the vastly wooded areas in the south.
The hunt was formed in 1968 by an amalgamation of the Craven Farmers’ Hunt and the Vine Hunt and their kennels are located in Hannington in Hampshire.
Secretary Clare Heald
Henry Tett and Christina Dunlop
Joint-master Angus Marshall
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With their kennels based in Co Cork in southern Ireland, this is the oldest pack of foxhounds in the country, having existed prior to 1745.
The country covers 30 miles north to south and 36 miles east to west and is known to have some of the most formidable country to cross, including hairy banks with ditches either side which are mostly found in the western hunt area. The going can be heavy so a horse with stamina and quality is required to stay up with hounds.
A Duhallow hound waits patiently beside huntsman Ger Withers
Mary Steadford and Bets Coleman
Roger Kiely, Polly Portwin, Rory O’Brien MFH and field master Maurice Coleman
Whipper-in Finbarr Fehin
The Duhallows hounds have a largely Old English pedigree
Don’t miss our full reports from both hunts in the 18 December issue of Horse & Hound magazine
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