In spite of the almost freezing wintery conditions last Saturday, November 24th, 10 members of the Route hunt turned out at Letterloan Coleraine for another great day of hunting.
Hunt master Philip White welcomed everyone and wished all an enjoyable days hunting. Having shared hip flasks to provide some inner heat, all were ready to tackle the obstacles ahead.
The hunt set off on a trot along the Letterloan Road before entering a grass field to jump a small hedge and the first of many stone walls. The hunt then had a climb through some hilly land before the next lot of hedges and stone walls before returning back to the Letterloan Road. The next obstacle was a ditch which proved tricky for some but with the help of huntsman Lee Johnson all crossed successfully. Several more hedges and walls were jumped before a canter up a muddy laneway into some rough ground where all were able to have a good run at the walls and hedges ahead of them.
However this area proved tricky for Kennel man Jonny Butler and Trevor Patterson of Crindle Stables as both managed to layer their quads and without the skill on the throttle of young James Patterson the quads would probably still be there as well as Emily Foster who had walked into a sticky spot.
There were several more hedges and walls and another laneway for a final canter before the hunt finished up at around 2.30pm. All had enjoyed the many hedges, walls, laneways and the ditches and the whole hunt had managed to stay in the saddle for the first time this season.
The next hunt is this Saturday, December 1st, at 12 noon when hunt organisers look forward to seeing a good turnout of hunt members.
For further details about The Route Hunt please contact Philip White Hunt Master on 07732630963 or Julie Smyth Hunt Secretary on 07793209899.