The Melton Hunt Club Ride and Household Cavalry Ride 2017

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The Belvoir, Cottesmore and Quorn Hunts have ‘countries’ that converge in the market town of Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. They operate independently but are closely associated with Melton Hunt Club (MHC).

[A full set of images can be viewed here – Melton Hunt Club and Household Cavalry Rides 2017]

The first Cross Country Ride was held in February 1956 from the Greenall family’s Waltham House to Buckminster and was won by Pat Newton, who also won in 1957 when the Ride took place in thick fog from Swallow Hole to the winning post at Garthorpe. The 1958 Ride took place in the Quorn country at Nether Broughton and the first Cross Country Dinner was held at The Red Lion as a ‘thank you’ to the Farmers who had hosted the Ride. The Ride and Dinner have been run annually ever since with one or two exceptions due to bad weather and Foot and Mouth disease. Under Jockey Club Rules the Cross Country has to be referred to as a Ride, with prizes ‘in kind’, and not a Race, in order not to jeopardise the Point to Point.

The Household Cavalry Ride took place at the same time as the Melton Hunt Club Ride this year. It is competed for by serving members of the Household Cavalry who ride serving cavalry horses, known as “blacks”. The ride forms part of the horses’ holiday from Ceremonial duties in London, which they return to each year in the middle of March. The ride was the brainchild of Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles, a former commanding officer of the Household Cavalry, who was here this year to present the prizes.

This year the main ride took place over a course of three and half miles which brought them to the top of Gartree Hill, in the Quorn’s country. The cavalry finished their ride after about two miles, with a great finish between several horses.

Riders have a look at the first fence

Riders have a look at the first fence

Jumping the first fence

Jumping the first fence

Jumping the first fence

Jumping the first fence

Sophie Walker is first to Marker 4

Sophie Walker is first to Marker 4

Her Father Richard at Marker 4

Her Father Richard at Marker 4

MHC Ride winner Rowan Cope on Arthur

MHC Ride winner Rowan Cope on Arthur

Harry Wallace on OURGOLDWELL

Harry Wallace on OURGOLDWELL

George Henderson and Tom Kingston tussle

George Henderson and Tom Kingston tussle

Tom Abel Smith and his horse take a tumble but both were fine

Tom Abel Smith and his horse take a tumble but both were fine

Sophie Walker (3rd overall, 1st Lady, 1st Thoroughbred and 1st Under 25) with her Mother Jo

Sophie Walker (3rd overall, 1st Lady, 1st Thoroughbred and 1st Under 25) with her Mother Jo

Alice Robb

Alice Robb

Dominic Gwyn-Jones

Dominic Gwyn-Jones

Otis Ferry

Otis Ferry

Edie Cope

Edie Cope

Harry Wallace with Andrew Parker Bowles

Harry Wallace with Andrew Parker Bowles

Sophie Walker with Andrew Parker Bowles

Sophie Walker with Andrew Parker Bowles

Captain Arthur Soames

Captain Arthur Soames

Leading Life Guard Captain Harry Boyt

Leading Life Guard Captain Harry Boyt

Household Cavalry Ride winner Jeremy Sudlow

Household Cavalry Ride winner Jeremy Sudlow

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