Thursday, 12 February 2015
Ashley Manor, Meet of the Duke of Beaufort's Hunt.
While the rest of the world goes to work on a Monday morning, at Ashley Manor near Tetbury, nearly one hundred riders turn up for a meet of the Duke of Beaufort's Hunt. Perhaps it was so popular because Saturday's meet had been called off due to the hard ground (frost). Often referred to as 'ladies day', Monday is usually the smallest field of the Beaufort Hunt, who hunt four days a week. Beanie Sturgis (glamour) was field master for the day. (Until not long ago it was six days a week). Sadly, not only is it approaching the end of the season, it is also approaching the end of an era ; Tony Holdsworth, the huntsman (really nice chap) is hanging up his horn and his boots while Captain Farhquar (legend), although remaining a joint master is no longer going to ride to hounds.