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Christopher Hammond, former joint-master of the Surrey Union, died peacefully on 26 June, aged 78.“Christopher had a passion for the institution of hunting,” said Mark Sprake, one his former joint-masters.

Following his retirement from the mastership in 1998 after eight seasons, Christopher continued to follow hounds. He was a keen supporter of National Hunt racing, having horses in training with Hughie Morrison.

Christopher’s wife Barbara, who died in 2009, competed in eventing, showjumping and dressage.

His funeral took place on 10 July.

This news-in-brief was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (17 July, 2014)