CANTERBURY HUNT CLUB.
The first meet since their return from South of the Club this season, in the vicinity of Christchurch, took place yesterday at Linwood, in a paddock in front of Mr F. Brittain's house. The weather was all that could be desired, and before half-past eleven, the hour appointed for the meet, a large number of pedestrians had collected on the sandhills, the spaces between being filled up with carriages, buggies and other traps, many of the occupants of which were ladies, who seemed to take a lively interest in the preliminary proceedings, and throughout the first run, as nearly the whole line taken could be seen by the spectators. The club mustered in force, the outside public as usual forming a strong ruck.
Shortly after the advertised hour the hounds threw off in a paddock at the back of Linwood house, and music quickly following, the hunt led off at a merry pace over gorse into plough to a paddock in front of the house, over a jump (especially for the benefit of the onlookers) turning at right angles to the plough over a fair lift to the reserve, which was reached by a stiff double in and out, crossing the Cliristchurch road. These jumps were exceedingly- well taken by the field. From here the line led to the right of the reserve, over some heavy land and several stiff jumps, which were cleanly taken by the first flight, the majority in the second, however, getting " pounded ■ at the preliminary attempt. A few, however, came again, and managed to scramble over, but the greater portion religiously followed an observant and enthusiastic equestrian who had discovered there was a straight lane leading to the back of the - reserve, in which direction the hounds were quickly making. Thence the line took across the reserve over a good stiff jump, crossing Green's paddocks by means of two raspers—one of these jumps being especially ugly — consisting of a stiff post and mil with a not. inviting deep soft ditch in front. This the whip and huntsman, Mr Barker (acting master) and Mr F. Brittan, with one or two others in the first flight took like a bird, but the succeeding rank got bailed up as a lot, some getting as far as the edge of the ditch, while others got a little further and went in; but the majority having espied an open gate cleverly negotiated it, landing safely in the paddock. From here the run led over an easy jump on to the sandhills, where a. check took place, which was very acceptable to both riders, horses, and dogs, as the scent had been strong all through and the pace lively. After a breather a cast was taken, the field following those who had "gone away" over a fence into McGregor's paddock, coming out of which' to the sandhills a number of spills took place, as the top rail had been removed, leaving the treacherous wire unseen both by riders and horses. The course thence led ronnd the end of the hills into Buckley's land, crossing into Mr Brittan's paddock, with fair going and jumping between, finishing the run in over a rasping gorse fence, with a blind ditch in the front paddock where the meet took place. A number of spills took place at this jump;but both horses and men fell softly, and none received even the slightest injury. The length of the run was about three miles, and not only was it the best attended,, but was certainly the most enjoyable the club have yet had this season. ; At the invitation "of the genial host of Linwood an adjournment was made to the .house, where ample justice was done with huntsman's appetite to Mr Brittan's hospitality. After lunch the loyal toast of the day, " The health ofHer Majesty" was enthuaias . tically drunk, followed by "The Canterbury Hunt Club," "Our Host," and other toasts of a complimentary nature, and an exceedingly pleasant half-hour having been spent a return was made to the, field for the second run.
The scent was this time taken up at the back of McGregor's house, the line leading through his paddocks over a number of stiff jumps, crossing the sandhills, into and through Mr A. W. Moneys paddocks to Kearney's, recrossing the hills over some very pretty galloping ground, where the pace was made exceedingly Though, a regular " bulfineher" (a towering wide gorse fence) had to be taken in this run at the back of Mr Vennal's house, and a stiff finish over post and rails opposite Mr E. Palmer's, yet it was very enjoyable, the going being good, the jumping safe, and the treacherous ditches kindly conspicuous by their absence. Of course a few spills took place during this four-mile spin, but from the laughing manner in which the seats were retaken, one would naturally imagine the saddles were merely vacated to examine the nature of the soil. Altogether the day was enjoyed thoroughly by those in the hunt and on the hills," and it is to be, hoped the club will see their way to shortly give the public another treat of the kind.
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CANTERBURY HUNT CLUB., Press, Volume XXVII, Issue 3695, 25 May 1877
CANTERBURY HUNT CLUB. Press, Volume XXVII, Issue 3695, 25 May 1877
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