John Holliday: women in hunt service — why the old guard shouldn’t raise their eyebrows *H&H Plus*

Thank heavens for the loyal and steadfast subscribers, says John Holliday

In 1962 hunting ceased in mid-December due to the freezing conditions and deep snow. It resumed three months later for some, but for most northern packs, hunting was finished for the season. In 1967–68, foot-and-mouth disease put paid to most of the season, as it did again in 2001. At the moment life is difficult, but missing large parts of the season is not unprecedented.

One thing highlighted by the present turmoil is that subscriptions surely need to make up the largest financial percentage of running a hunt; too much reliance on fundraising has left many establishments this season in parlous financial straits.

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