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A great send off

Dominic Jones Mastership of the South Dorset Hunt seems to have been dominated by the weather.

Every season his Master's report has commented on it, so it was fitting perhaps that his last day hunting the South Dorset hounds, down at Rollington, between Corfe Castle and Poole harbour, took place in torrential rain and a bitter howling gale.  A field of 90 included Masters and Hunt Staff from 10 different hunts, and a further 4 packs were represented by members of the field.  The Ryder family performed miracles in generously hosting such a huge meet in really bad conditions.  Dominic's friends had come from far and wide to watch him hunting hounds for perhaps the last time.

What is the collective name for a lot of Masters?  Cast, troup, gaggle, argument?  We thought it might be a pack - it certainly looked like that as Dominic hunted along the coast followed by his three children and a pack of Masters.  The South Dorset are lucky to have had his hand at the helm, breeding a very special pack of hounds and showing some very exciting sport for the past 9 seasons.  Despite the rain we had a memorable day with a lovely hound hunt in the middle.  We wish him luck for the future and look forward to seeing him and his family out hunting again soon.

Photograph by Nigel Gidney  http://nigelgidneyphotography.co.uk

Dominic Jones MFH, Louly Thornycroft, Charlie Shirley-Beavan MFH, Ellie Barrow, Wilf Jones, William Fox Pitt, Finn and Poppy Jones,

Kate Sutherland (Field Master), Felicity Green MFH


Dominic's leaving presents, presented at the Puppy Show at the Kennels in April.




SDH  Hedgelaying Competition 29th January 2017

By Honor Bank

A beautiful North  Dorset location in Mappowder, this is one of the smaller competitions now in its fifth year.  It is well supported with eleven entrants and run by Ivan Croad, from South Dorset Hunt, and sponsored by Hall & Woodhouse Brewery.  A very overcast and damp Sunday morning welcomed the cutters from as far afield as Devon and Westbury  in Gloucester ,  along with the more local Dorset entrants.

Two classes are held at this competition; Novice and Open.  The Novices having less distance to lay. Lots were drawn and the competition started along with the rain. The entrants were faced with a very mixed hedge consisting of Ash, Thorn, Maple and Willow. One side bordering a level field boundary the other a very steep and water filled ditch, making cutting very tricky.  Thankfully everyone's feet remained dry.

Good progress was made by all entrants during the morning and soon things started to take shape. During the short stop for lunch the rain held off but soon returned very heavily and the ditch was now flowing well.  Not put off, the hardy hedgers progressed, although with worsening weather they were pleased to be finished after the five hours allotted cutting time.  The Judges did their deliberations to pick out the top three of each class.  Father and son, Richard & Alex Clayson were very pleased with their trip down from Gloucester with Alex taking the novice title ahead of his father's third place.

The Results were as follows

Novice

1st Alex Clayson  

2nd Stafford Cox

3rd Richard Clayson

Open

1st Russell Woodham

2nd Terry Combe

3rd Tim Frampton



Links to photographs from recent meets

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1676245025926904/

http://nigelgidneyphotography.co.uk/p487741905



George Hiscock MFH wins the Hunt race for the second year running!