Grafton Hunt Boxing Day At Easton Neston
|Author: James Rudd||Published: 26th December 2013 13:10|
Huntsman Mick Wills of the Grafton Hunt brings the hounds up towards Easton Neston House
The Grafton Hunt met for the traditional Stirrup Cup in the grounds of Leon Max's Easton Neston Estate on Boxing Day 2013.
The annual Boxing Day tradition was attended by thousands of hunt supporters and well wishers as Boxing Day dawned with a rolling mist and close to freezing temperatures after the heavy rain and flooding just before Christmas.
The usual slick arrangements with car parking meant that cars were parked on hardstanding and four wheel drives on the park land this made leaving much easier.
The improving weather meant that it was good to see the hunt turn out with hounds to thousands of spectators and hunt supporters proving the hunt’s popularity with the rural community despite a ban on fox hunting introduced by the Hunting Act in 2005 almost 10 years ago.
Many Towcester people and taken the opportunity to stretch their legs and walk up Northampton Road to see the spectacle, many familar faces including local eqiuine vet Andrew Hayes of Towcester Equine Vets.
The Master of the Grafton Hunt made a brief speech before the traditional Cavalry charge of which there were two this year, speaking he said, "We would like to thank all our supporters for coming to see us today and one day this act will be repealed."
The Boxing Day Meet of the Grafton is traditionally held on Boxing Day except when it falls on a Sunday. Many supporters either go on to follow the hunt or up to Towcester Races who are holding one of their premier meets.
The editor of AboutMyArea/NN12 was on hand to photograph the Grafton Hunt Meet on Boxing Day 2013
For many more pictures of the Grafton Hunt Boxing Day Meet 2013 see James Rudd Photography
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