Hugo McGhee, one of the most popular equestrian and hunting personalities in Derbyshire, has died aged 80.

Mr McGhee, formerly of Oxton Rakes, Barlow, died peacefully on 22 November in Ashgate Hospice, Chesterfield.

He hunted for many years with the Meynell and South Staffs and the High Peak Harriers and was a joint-master of the former from 1976-78.

He was the director of Chatsworth Horse Trials from 1984-89, extending the event to three days, and before that was a committee member and mounted steward. He remained in office as a vice president.

He is survived by his wife Ann, who was a joint-master of the High Peak from 1999-2002, and by two sons and a daughter from his previous marriage.

This article was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound, 9 December 2010