Fence 9. Take off side

Melton Hunt Club Ride, 17th Feb 2019 – virtual course walk

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UPDATE – The ride has been POSTPONED due to the ground conditions and we will try again on Sunday 17th February.

UPDATE – The gate onto Pasture Lane (next to fence 19) will be open.

This year The Melton Hunt Club Ride is sponsored by Chestnut Horse Feeds and RoR to whom the organisers are very grateful.

Download the course map. The car park postcode is LE14 4NQ.

This year’s race is hosted by The Belvoir Hunt and starts just outside Harby. Leave the Harby to Waltham on the Wolds road (Harby Lane) not far out of the village of Harby, just after RES Tractors and opposite the sign for “Shire Sailing”. Continue down the concrete road which starts after the first bend. After the cattle grid you will see the start on the right-hand side, heading towards the house.

Disclaimer
I have done what I could do indicate different possible routes but obviously the rules allow a lot of variation and your own course walk is essential. Gates which will be open on race day are labelled appropriately on the gate itself. My fence numbers are as I interpreted the route and may not be the same for you!

Fence one is a straight hedge perpendicular to the course not far from the start line and is followed by another as you head toward the house.

Melton Hunt Club Ride course walk
Fence 1
Melton Hunt Club Ride course walk
Fence 2. Fence 3 is to the left of the muck heap.

After fence two the course bends left over fences 3 and 4.

Melton Hunt Club Ride course walk
Fence 3, with fence 4 in the distance to the left.
Fence 3 looking back to the start
Fence 3 looking back to the start
Fence 4
Fence 4
Fence 4
Fence 4

After fence 4 the course bends to the right round the first course marker.

Fence 5
Fence 5. Just right of centre is direct route.
Another view of fence 5
Another view of fence 5
Fence 6. The direct line is to the end of the wood visible to the right of the tree.
Fence 6. The direct line is to the end of the wood visible to the right of the tree.

Fence 6 is jumped into an arable field. The going was good at time of writing but in the case of heavy going there is a headland around the field.

Fence 6 side on
Fence 6 side on

Fence 7 offers two options. Continuing on the arable land means crossing a post and rail fence and then continuing around a small copse.

Fence 7, arable option
Fence 7, arable option

The alternative is to keep left on the old railway line and jump this:

Fence 7, railway option
Fence 7, railway option
Fence 8 and marker 2
Fence 8 and marker 2
Fence 8 and marker 2, with fence 9 in the distance in the dip
Fence 8 and marker 2, with fence 9 in the distance in the dip

Fence 8 is bordered by the second course marker after which the direct line bears round to the right, down hill to fence 9, with an open ditch in front. If fence 9 is not your cup of tea then continue in more of a straight line after fence 8 to an open ditch alternative, pictured below. The alternative route then continues up hill to an open gate after which riders can bear right back towards the more direct route.

Fence 9. Take off side
Fence 9. Take off side. AV-J for scale.
Fence 9. Take off side
Fence 9. Take off side
Fence 9 alternative, direct route can be seen back right
Fence 9 alternative. The direct route can be seen back right

Fence 10 has a shallow ditch in front and a range of different jumping options.

Fence 10
Fence 10, take off side.
Fence 10
Fence 10
Fence 10, landing side of one possible route
Fence 10, landing side of one possible route

The obvious place to jump fence 11 is a tiger trap at the bottom end, but there are other options.

Fence 11
Fence 11
Fence 11
Fence 11
Fence 11
Fence 11
Fence 12
Fence 12
Fence 12
Fence 12
Fence 12
Fence 12
Fence 13
Fence 13, take off.
Fence 13. Landing side
Fence 13. Landing side

Fence 14 offers jumping options. The direct route, shown in the first photo below, beside the marker, is shortest, but requires crossing ridge and furrow afterwards.

Fence 14
Fence 14, showing marker 3
After fence 14, ridge and furrow
After fence 14, ridge and furrow, at right angles to course.

Round the corner to the left is a fence beside a gate which then presents a route along the ridge & furrow towards the railway tunnel.

Fence 14
Fence 14
After fence 14, ridge and furrow
After fence 14, almost parallel to ridge and furrow
Under the railway line
Under the railway line

After the tunnel the course direction is right-handed and there are a number of jumping options. The most straightforward is straight on and then right.

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Direct line after the railway, drain in front.
Fence 15
Easier, fence 15
Fence 15
Fence 15

After fence 15 there is an open gateway followed by angled gate, fence 16.

Fence 16
Fence 16

There is an oblique drive crossing after fence 16.

Drive crossing
Drive crossing and marker 4, gate will be open.
Drive crossing
Drive crossing, gate will be open.
Fence 17
Fence 17, approach
Fence 17
Fence 17, landing.
Fence 18
Fence 18
Open ditch, take off
Open ditch, take off
Open ditch, landing
Open ditch, landing

UPDATE – It has been confirmed that the gate next to fence 19 will be open. What follows are two lovely photos of a fence which does not need to be jumped.

Fence 19
Fence 19, take off
Fence 19
Fence 19, landing

Then across Pasture Lane to fence 20.

Fence 20
Fence 20

After the road crossing there is a straight gallop to the last three hedges…

Fence 21
Fence 21, fence 22 is in the background
Fence 22, take off
Fence 22, take off
Fence 22, take off
Fence 22, take off
Fence 23, take off
Fence 23, take off, finish line in sight
Fence 23, landing
Fence 23, landing
The finish line
The finish line

Course length is at least 3.6 miles, depending on route.

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      Apparently I’ve miscounted and it is 24!
      I can only speak for myself but I will be paying a second and possibly third shooter, yes. Accredited photographers are also being given ideas such that we don’t all end up in the same places.

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