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
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
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
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