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Monday, 6 January 2020

Boxing Day

What a triumph! With a local community that wished to see "their hounds" safely back in the Square the East Kent Hunt with West Street managed just that! The weather was not of the best and at first there seemed to be few folk on the High Street or in the Square but the sound of the hunting horn and horses on the road brought the crowds out from the pubs and cars and we arrived in the Square to a roar of approval.
Hounds are wonderful ambassadors and went about their task of making friends with gusto.

Photographs

As ever there are more on our "tame photographers'" website.




Sunday, 5 January 2020

Through November and December

Those of us whose work takes us into the fields will know that this has been a very, very wet autumn and start to winter. The surface of the ground is sodden, slippery and damaged by as little as a wellington boot. Nonetheless our amazing landowners, farmers and keepers have allowed to carry on across their ground even though we hunt trails and are no longer able to offer a vermin control service. These folk are truly terrific. Hats off to one and all!
While those who are distanced from country life are ill-informed about the obscured community that grows their food, stewards the countryside, cares passionately for wildlife and is passionate about heritage we carry on in the face of a media onslaught.

Photographs

 As ever these and many more may be viewed HERE















Monday, 4 November 2019

The Opening Meet 2019

A wet autumn meant that any landowner who allowed us to lay trails across their land would have to be a supporter indeed. The East Kent with West Street's Masters went above and beyond as did the landowners as we were allowed across new country, well country that we had not crossed for many, many years.
The hospitality of our hosts was generous to the point of being dangerous. Your correspondent had no need for either lunch, or dinner! Had he not been driving then a lengthy afternoon nap would have been inevitable. Unfortunately other duties called and napping was not a possibility and neither was following for very long. Luckily the amazing CombatMoose Photography was able to take pictures of the large field testing out the new jumps that "the boys" had built. A link to Combat Moose's photographs appears below.

Photographs

Combat Moose's images may be found HERE
Others HERE








Autumn Trails

Your correspondent has been away for much of the pre-season activity but managed a few early mornings. Early mornings? We go out early, or late, because the temperature is lower and the scent trail lasts longer.
Once more we are very grateful to out landowners, farmers and keepers who have allowed us to lay trails as we are to our team of Masters who have worked hard together to provide such sport.
Hounds look well and keen which is in no small part due to the hard work put in by our Huntsman and his team with some help from a select band of supporters.
Another "thank you" is due to Kim who has put on a wonderful programme of hacks throughout the summer and encouraged new followers.

Photographs

These and many more may be found HERE

















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