Jumping an open ditch on line 3

Drag hunting with Cambridge University

nico Equestrian Photography, Hunting Photography 0 Comments

As you may be well aware, my base in Oakham gives me the perfect position to photograph some of the World’s most famous fox hunts. Oakham itself is in the Cottesmore country, which is (roughly) bordered in the West by the B6047 and in the East by the North Sea. West of the Cottesmore is the Quorn country; the Belvoir hunt to the North and the Fitzwilliam (Milton) hunt to the South East of this area.

It is considered bad form to stray into another territory but there are hunts who have no country of their own and rely on invitations from others. One such “wandering” hunt is the Cambridge University Drag Hounds and last Sunday they were guests of the Fitzwilliam at Great Gidding.

Four lines were laid, just ahead of the hounds, by two members of  Cambridge’s Hare & Hounds society – the cross country team to you and me – with the intention being to give the following “field” a good run around over the local hedges and fences. A Sunday drag hunt like this attracts a mixed crowd. The regulars from East Anglia relish the opportunity to visit new climes and members of the local packs often see it as a good opportunity for a day out, perhaps on a young or new horse.

Having been kindly driven around in the morning by our host, I picked the spots for my photographs to give a range of different shots, including those from  a second camera, set up as a remote in places I wouldn’t want to sit myself.

For a full set of these images click here – The Cambridge University Drag Hounds at Great Gidding

Hounds leaving the meet in Great Gidding

Hounds leaving the meet in Great Gidding

Leaving the meet in Great Gidding

Leaving the meet in Great Gidding

We had some very young followers

We had some very young followers

Hounds jumping a fence on the first line

Hounds jumping a fence on the first line

Boogie Machin

Boogie Machin

We had the odd tumbler

We had the odd tumbler

Bruce McKim was Field Master for the day and rode side saddle

Bruce McKim was Field Master for the day and rode side saddle

Jumping an open ditch

Jumping an open ditch

Laura Elliott was one of several side saddle riders

Laura Elliott was one of several side saddle riders

Jumping the last hedge

Jumping the last hedge

Jumping the last hedge

Jumping the last hedge

 

Hailing a taxi over the last

Hailing a taxi over the last

Harry Amelia

Harry Amelia

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