A nice warm, sunny morning greeted the riders who came and supported the Killultagh Old Rock and Chichester Hunt’s cross-country and road hack. Hunt chairman Philip Swann welcomed everyone and then gave a brief talk as to where the ride would be going and the best places for the car followers to watch the field.
Huntsman Patrick Headdon blew the ‘off’ and almost 50 riders followed him to the first of many cross-country locations. Patrick and his fence-building team of Rab, Carl, Lou and sometimes Swanny, had set a course of almost 70 jumps, both natural and portable. At the end of the ride, a young lady remarked she had clocked almost 14 miles on her ‘fit bit’ thing. The ride took about three hours and, whilst there were a couple of unplanned dismounts, everyone enjoyed themselves.
The winner of the free draw for two complimentary caps at the opening meet on Saturday, November 6 was Miss Caitlin Vallely.
The Killultagh hunt would like to thank the farmers and landowners for permitting the hunt to cross their lands at the ride and during the hunting season and also Carol, Mary, Jean and Flora for their help in making the event a fun and problem-free day.
The Killultagh opening meet is from the kennels and parking is in the Dundrod Church car parks, by kind permission of the vestry committee on November 6 at 12 noon. For more information, contact Swanny on 07801 784561.