Were you out recently with either the Avon Vale, United or the Scarteen packs, when the H&H hunting correspondents paid a visit? If so, why not take a look at the gallery below to see if you were spotted by our photographers.

The Avon Vale

With their kennels in the glorious surroundings of Spye Park near Lacock in Wiltshire, the Avon Vale hunt on Tuesday and Saturdays.

The country is approximately 30 miles by 25 miles in extent, bordered by the Duke of Beaufort’s, the Mendip Farmers’, the Tedworth, Royal Artillery and the South and West Wilts packs.

Photos by Sarah Farnsworth

Avon Vale Hunt 29 11 2014
Followers enjoy bright sunshine

Avon Vale Hunt 29 11 2014
Matthew Radbourne flies into action

Avon Vale Hunt 29 11 2014
Clare Hawings Byas looks to be enjoying her day

Avon Vale Hunt 29 11 2014
Jan Reeves pops a log

Avon Vale Hunt 29 11 2014
Hannah Freeman’s mount at full-stretch

Avon Vale Hunt 29 11 2014
Getting ready for the off

The United

The United pack, which hunts on Tuesdays and Saturdays, is descended from a trencher-fed pack which dates back to 1839, although its origins in the Beddoes Pack can be traced back to the 1790s.

With its country in south west Shropshire on the Welsh borders, there are around 300 square miles of sparsely populated upland country at its very centre, containing numerous wooded dingles and heather-topped hills.

Photos by Peter Nixon

United Hunt 29 11 2014
Richard Beaman

United Hunt 29 11 2014
Teresa Foutter

United Hunt 29 11 2014
The field heads through a gate in the mist

United Hunt 29 11 2014
Amateur whipper-in Bill Adams

United Hunt 29 11 2014
Fiona Edwards and Teresa Foutter

United Hunt 29 11 2014
Master and huntsman Richard Cambray

United Hunt 29 11 2014
Master and field master for the day Jonathan Lee

The Scarteen

The Scarteen country lies in the counties of Tipperary and Limerick in Ireland and covers 23 miles east to west and 28 miles north to south.

Often referred to as the “Black and tans” due to the colouring of their hounds, the Scarteen masters and hunt staff wear a distinctive tan collar on their hunt coats.

There are records of hounds having been at Scarteen, the home of Chris Ryan MFH, for over 300 years and Chris is the eighth generation of the Ryan family to have hunted this famous family pack.

Photos by Catherine Power

Scarteen Hunt in Ireland 2511 2014
Huntsman Mark Ollard gets a good push off the top of a bank

Scarteen Hunt in Ireland 2511 2014
Eventer Rod O’Donnell

Scarteen Hunt in Ireland 2511 2014
Jay Reardon pings a wall

Scarteen Hunt in Ireland 2511 2014
Melanie and four-year-old Jonty Purcell at the hunt breakfast

Scarteen Hunt in Ireland 2511 2014
The famous “black and tans”

Don’t miss our full reports from all three packs in the 25 December issue of Horse & Hound magazine

To see the full range of pictures taken by our photographers, visit www.horseandhound.co.uk/galleries