FEBRUARY 6 saw the Donegal Harriers enjoy a fantastic day on the unequalled Baronscourt Estate, by kind invitation of the Duke of Abercorn. The country on the estate is both challenging and extensive, offering a multitude of obstacles to those following hounds.
Fallen trees of great age and stature, trenches, gullies and streams, all conspire to part man from mount, but those who faced the challenges posed on the day had a wonderful experience and went home thoroughly satisfied by the day’s sport.
The Baronscourt meet is traditionally coordinated by show jumper Peter Smyth and his team and has always been one of the high points on the Donegal Harriers calendar. In recent years, the meet has been a much anticipated trip for members of the Braes of Derwent Hunt from Durham. A strong friendship has developed between the two hunts with a coach load of Donegal Harrier members crossing the pond to enjoy a day out with the Braes each year and no small amount of friendly rivalry encouraging great enthusiasm on both sides.
The 2022 incarnation of the visitor’s trip did not disappoint and local horsemen and women are looking forward to returning the visit in the coming weeks.
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