Quorn hunt children's meet sees big turnout
MORE than 80 children, their parents and some very well turned out ponies made the most of the sunny weather to take part in the Quorn hunt's New
Year's day meet in Woodhouse Eaves.
A rather soggy end to 2012 was replaced by a glorious sunny morning for the first day of 2013 adding to the exitment of the day, which was for children and
is traditionally held on the first Tuesday of every year.
Despite a slight hangover from his new year's eve celebrations the night before huntsman Peter Collins said he was hoping for a good day.
And he added: "This is a very important day in the hunting calendar. It's quite a big thing to have all these children out with us, because they are the next
generation who will keep the tradition going."
Riders were aged from as young as five up to 14-years-old and many were members of the Quorn hunt pony club.
The Quorn hunts within the law by following a pre-determined trail, much of it across private land with frequent opportunities for riders to jump natural
Joint master Kim Turner, whose job it was to look after the young followers, confessed to having a less exciting new year's eve having gone to bed early in
order to be on good form for the day's events.
And she added: "No hangover for me as I went to bed early. We have just been so blessed with the weather and the farmer's have been really good to let
us on their land, considering the terrible wet conditions we have had. We are hoping for a really fun day. "
The Quorn Hunt was founded in 1696 and takes its name from the Leicestershire village where the hounds were kenneled from 1753 until 1904.
It is one of the largest hunts in England operating within the restrictions of the Hunting Act 2004.