Those early season nerves at the meet are all too familiar… As is the moment you look across to see someone a sixth of your age and a quarter of your size, on a pony with barely-there legs merrily enjoying the occassion.
And then there is that heart-sinking moment when your 16.1hh “experienced hunter” is turning himself inside out at an insignificant set of rails, and that pony you spotted earlier sails over in front of you.
All hail for the budding thrusters of the future — they certainly know how to put us in our place…
Fine style: Martha German shows the field how it’s done with her smart dun pony.
If you weren't excited enough already, we've dug out nine photos of followers and hunt staff on flying form with…
Kathleen Curtin and Isobel Curtin
Holly and Seth
Bad hair day? Molly Oman’s pony’s mane is certainly not holding them back… Look out for mention of Henry the super hunting pony in the feature about marvellous hunting ponies in H&H’s hunting special issue, on sale from 22 October.
Mud, mud, glorious… Sasha Lawes would have been frantically searching for the vanish after her day out with the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray last season, however it hasn’t deterred her and she is all set for the season ahead.