Just a quick report from our outing today with the Ledbuy Hunt who met at Manor Farm in Longdon. The scent was on and off throughout the day as it was cold, but very sunny. A couple of foxes were spotted escaping from the hounds – we didn’t intervene with one as the hounds hadn’t picked up on the scent and we didn’t want to alert hunt support as to the fox’s presence. There were a couple of longer chases too throughout the day.
Whipper-in Tim Pearce-May had some trouble with his tack today (not very good for professional hunt staff not to know how to tighten the girth properly on the saddle, but then again, masters such as Roger Warner have previously almost begged for us to open gates for them…)
A lot of the ground was flooded in areas the hunt would normally go to in this part of their country, so they spent a long time hunting land near to the meet, then headed over to Queenhill and The Stanks. We slowed down traffic a couple of times for hounds and the Field when they were on the roads.
To add to the excitement of the day, we had the good ol’ Bicester Boys out (hunt stewards) who, in true form, failed to keep up with sabs (they weren’t making much effort today to be fair) and stood in the way of the car. And we thought the B-Boys just turned up to less prestigious hunts like the North Cotswold and Croome these days… Obviously the Ledbury were upset about the fact the Cotswold Hunt managed more colourful language last week than them (the ‘C-word’ vs “go home, you prats”) and Tom tried his best with “ugly” and “scarecrow”. Getting there boys, keep up the practice.