Ashburton Hunt Club.
+ In spite of there being no rain, and though a nor-wester was blowing, the hounds met, as advertised at Elgin on Tuesday, April 29th. There was not a large field, and no one who knew anything, of. the sport could have been disappointed that there was no run; but five or six fields'were drawn blank, and, some half dozen fences negotiated. At the last of these a stiff gorse, with wire high up and a ditch on the take-off side, two enthusiastic members of the Club came to grief. On account of the hardness of the;ground and the want of scent, it was then deemed advisable to take the hounds home. Amongst those out were Mrs. Hicks, Mrs Bell, Mrs Saunders on Lewis, and Miss Rees on Patience. On Saturday, May 3rd, the hounds met at the Whislow • Hotel. On account of the continued dry weather, the chances of a good hunt seemed small, and consequently the members of the Club did not turn out in large numbers. The hounds at once picked up a hare outside the cemetery, and went away at a rattling pace, turning into the adjoining paddock. Here a stiff fence and a locked gate checked most of the field. The huntsman on The Moor, and the whip on Pioneer, chose the gate, while four or five others took the only alternative, an ugly wire. A bare wire followed, and after three or four more awkward fences, a cheok occurred and puss was lost in some gorse. Whilst endeavouring to find her, the hounds picked up another hare, which gave them a run of a mile or two, but owing to the hardness of the ground, the scent was so bad, that they again lost in some rushes. The horses having had , quite enough, it was decided to give up! for the day and go home to pray for rain.
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Ashburton Hunt Club., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2421, 5 May 1890
Ashburton Hunt Club. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2421, 5 May 1890
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