John Norman Pembroke Watson, Country Life’s hunting correspondent for many years, has died aged 80.

As JNP Watson, he covered polo for The Times and wrote books on hunting and sporting art.

A regular officer of the Royal Horse Guards (Blues), he commanded the Guards’ Independent Parachute Service and, subsequently, the Sovereign’s Escort of Household Cavalry.

Between 1969 and 1987 he hunted with 228 packs of hounds in Britain, Ireland, US and Europe, earning a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

A service of thanksgiving will be held at the Church of St Gabriel, Billingshurst, Sussex on 12 March at 2pm.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (6 March, ’08)