We were driving into town this afternoon and were held up while the local hunt were let into a field. It was a total surprise and I just managed to snatch a snap from the car as the Master’s kicked off into a canter and the hounds began to run.
This hunt, the East Cheshire’s, have always been a drag hunt. This means the hounds are trained to follow an artificial scent. The riders get to enjoy a hard ride in the country over what will be a challenging but safe route, and the wildlife are left alone. When I first moved into the village they used to ride down our road occasionally, it’s a stirring sight but I always used to worry about the cats. The hounds do seem well trained though, I sometimes pass them out exercising on the way to work and they trot along quite happily behind the kennel master, I wouldn’t trust my two to be so good off the lead!