Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Catching up

Sorry for the silence - the heavy frosts have added to daily tasks as well as interfering with the Meet Card.

While some meets have been cancelled, postponed or moved we, in the words of the Nobel Laureate "keep on keeping on, like a bird that flew."

Great generosity from our hosts, as ever, our landowners and farmers - what terrific people! Thank you.

The Stern
   Who said: 'Insult my wife but not my horse!'
   "I knew it was a cold day when, I flushed the loo in my lorry and crushed ice appeared!!!"


As ever these and many more may be viewed on The Gather's Photo Page: HERE

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Two terrific Meets and a surprise

Apologies for a "one for two" report but time has been short this week.

A huge thank you to both of our hosts whose generosity was stupendous. Not only was there a choice of libation and a wonderful selection of savouries but at both meets they provided 'pudding'!

"Are you ready for sweet things yet?" is not a question usually asked at a meet.

The good sized mid-week field and a large Saturday field enjoyed good days despite the weather which failed to dampen enthusiasm.

The other tremendous thing about these two meets was to see a very special rider out on horseback once more and new faces coming out and having a terrific time - see you back soon.

The Stern

-     Why was a tall mounting block required midweek?
-     Which Spaniards were out this week?


These and many more may be found:
- click HERE for midweek
- HERE for Saturday

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

The First Meet of 2017

One of our Joint Masters commented at the end of the day: "We had a wonderful day with trails laid along the marshes incorporating many rails and jumps for the mounted field to enjoy and, other than the protestors, encountered only support from all the public throughout the day."

Yes there was a protest, it was noisy, sometimes very rude, sometimes personal but it failed to dampen the support that Wingham always shows and neither did it put off those who were joining us for the first time - they, as the Joint Master said "had a wonderful day."

It would be foolish to ask that no one comes along and protests at such a Meet, indeed your correspondent has protested on quite a number of occasions himself, right back to the 1960s.

What will be asked is please could protestors behave in a manner that does not endanger horses, hounds and people and that would include a polite request that at future New Year Meets please would the protestors not block the safest area for horses directly in front of the pub.

Still enough of the protest which was a very small part of a glorious day. A large mounted field and many on foot enjoyed the privileged access granted by the landowners and farmers to country where there is no public access - thank you.

The Stern

        Whose old cap flew off as he was travelling on the back of a quad and, when walking back to
        search for it nearly picked up a cow pat in error? Well the cap was rather grubby!

        "He doesn't know the meaning of 'small ones'."
        "Well not when it comes to whisky."

        Who now knows that the woods have eyes?

All 112 images from the day may be found by clicking HERE
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