The bad weather has claimed another high profile victim — this year’s Melton Hunt Club Ride.

The popular race — one of the highlights of the winter hunt ride calendar — had been due to run in the Quorn country, Leicestershire, on 10 February.

But organisers took the decision to cancel last week, when much of the county was under snow.

Melton Hunt Club chairman Joey Newton said the continued bad weather — with widespread flooding followed by snow — and the difficulties of preparing horses in the wintry conditions were to blame.

The race will miss a year and the Quorn event will run in February 2014, he added.