The Heythrop hunt cast aside their hunting kit and proved to the audience that they really do have talent.

Over 350 people gathered at the Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water on 7 March to cheer and holloa the hunt’s charity talent show.

The Heythrop’s “singing secretary”, Guy Avis who has been in office for 18 years, pointed out: “The last event the hunt did in this vein was back in the early 1980s when they put on a review — it was definitely time to make fools of ourselves!”

All generations took to the stage in 18 (alcohol-enhanced) performances, including Abba, the Worzels and Take That — aka Hunt That.

No act evoked more cheers than that of huntsman Julian Barnfield’s rendition of Once Upon a Time I had a Lover.

More than £4,000 was raised for the hunt, from which a donation will be made to the young people’s charity, Eloise and Katie Memorial Trust.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (19 March, ’09)