The legendary huntsman died on Tuesday, 26 April, a few days before turning 77.

He joined hunt service with the Ashford Valley immediately after leaving school. In 1955 he joined the West Kent and became huntsman in 1967, a position he held until amalgamation with the Old Surrey and Burstow in 1999.

He twice won the Horse & Hound horn-blowing competition but the highlight of his career was in 1973, when he won the bitch championship at Peterborough with West Kent Payment, believed to be the first time a two-day-a-week pack had won the honour.

This news story was first publushed in the current issue of Horse & Hound (19 May, 2011)