The final meets of the 03/04 season
Eaglesden 21st March
Sunshine and showers, the best was made of this rearranged meet postponed earlier in the season due to the wet ground. Lots of jumping and some new ground up an unusual picturesque valley and the day finished up with the Eaglesden drop hedge .
Brightling Park 28th March,
We were once again welcomed on to the Brightling estate by the Grissells who gave us an excellent meet. The hounds were in top form all day with some fast & furious jumping the only way to keep up with them. It was one of the longest days of the season with several horses unable to cope. One notable faller of the day was our eminent QC who had a breaking -stearing problem. Quarry Adrian & Andy
Mereworth 4th April .
We hunted over the hill where we were once again welcomed be Brigadier Magan & his family. We must have looked a motley crew as on 1st January 1932 the Brigadier had been in command of 4000 horses on a Ceremonial Parade at Bolarum in India. The rest of the day was spent hunting round Mereworth Park estate. Andy had a good day falling off twice. Quarry Adrian
Owley 12th April.
It was a hot sunny day& the hounds hunted with their usual enthusiasm through the bluebells & the rape fields in full flower never slowed them down. There was lots of jumping on perfect ground. Quarry Chris & Andy
Morghew 18th April
It had been a foul morning with wind & driving rain so only a few hardy souls turned up. Once mounted the rain stopped & we had a good galloping day round the corn & setaside fields around the estate. Quarry Chris & Andy.
Austen’s Wood 21st April.
A new meet organised by Alex & James, the forecast was bad but the weather turned out to be good & the going was near perfect. There was a tremendous amount of jumping & the hounds were in top form ignoring the deer & took some staying with. Quarry Chris Adrian & Andy.
Barons Grange 25th April
A hot day but luckily the quarry swam the rivers numerous times which cooled the hounds down. A good galloping day with lots of jumping. Angela was given a cake for her birthday, & at a super tea Joy told us the drinks were on Pop. Quarry Chris Adrian & Andy.
Jevington 2nd May
Once again we were the last pack of hounds to be hunting in the country when Fizz & Stephen Carr welcomed a large mounted field to Jevington Place.It was a very hot day & we had three good hunts in the forest with the quarry navigating their way through the trees very well but they did complain about the stinging nettles.
Tea in the garden in the sunshine was a wonderful way to finish the 48th & last meet of the season. Quarry Adrian & Andy.
There was a very dangerous moment when we were told ” I am sorry my sister Jo won’t be out today she’s riding at Badminton “, this caused raucous laughter & we nearly had several fall off their horses.