Pytchley huntsman to move packs after 10 years: ‘I am looking for a new challenge’ *H&H Plus*

  • After 10 seasons at the Pytchley, H&H columnist Daniel Cherriman will be westward bound, reports Catherine Austen

    Daniel Cherriman (pictured) will become joint-master and huntsman of the South Shropshire on 1 May. After 10 seasons as professional huntsman of the Pytchley with Woodland, he will take over from George Renwick, who is stepping down after three seasons. The other four joint-masters – Walter Blum Gentilomo, Camilla Corrie, Amy Henderson and William Onions – will remain in place.

    Daniel, who is married to Jessica and has two children, Jack, five, and Ted, one, said: “I’ve been very happy here at the Pytchley and have really enjoyed my time. However, what I haven’t achieved in 10 seasons I am not going to achieve in 20, so I am looking for a new challenge.

    “The South Shropshire is a very varied hunting country, with some vale by the River Severn, some rolling, low-hill country and the open hill on the Welsh border and the border with the United. I love all types of hunting country, so I am excited about it. There’s less urbanisation, the potential for longer hunts and all sorts of new challenges – it just feels timely.”

    Daniel did admit that his decade-long tenure is the second-shortest span by a Pytchley huntsman in the past 120 years. He will be replaced by Jason Mahon, whose wife Claire is secretary of the Pytchley with Woodland and who currently whips-in to Daniel twice a week.

    Oliver Beazley will become Daniel’s kennel-huntsman at the South Shropshire; he is currently first whipper-in at the Dulverton West and was previously at the Tynedale, and so has hill hunting experience.

    Hartley Crouch will join the Pytchley with Woodland as first whipper-in on 1 May.
    Other new appointments include William Gibson-Fleming, who will take over from the retiring Will Bryer at the Cattistock as joint-master and huntsman, while Ollie Thompson becomes huntsman of the Old Berks as Michael Scott is retiring after 22 seasons.

    Ref: Horse & Hound; 17 December 2020

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