Atherstone Hunt – Tuesday 5th February 2019 – Earl Shilton

On Tuesday the Quorn Hunt were joined by a few riders from the Atherstone Hunt at the Atherstone meet in Earl Shilton. It would have been another record low turnout for the Atherstone Hunt if former Atherstone Hunt rider Jimmy Driver now with the Quorn Hunt hadn’t brought his friends from the Quorn over to unbox at his business Drivers Animal Feed. They then rode over to the meet at Brockey Farm where they significantly boosted the Atherstone numbers which consisted of two joint-masters and two other Atherstone riders. Between the two hunts they still only managed about 15 riders.

A late start due to the frost and to allow the visiting hunt to arrive meant they finished later than normal. The morning consisted of the usual riding round a few fields with Huntsman Bill Bishop periodically losing control of his hounds, most notably in Peckleton as the hounds went after two hares.

The Quorn Hunt who are not in the best shape themselves after their merger with the Cottesmore Hunt fell through probably now realise that things aren’t too bad after all after now seeing the state the Atherstone Hunt are in.

Quorn Hunt secretary Frank Herrick asked us towards the end of the day as he rode past us down a main road holding the traffic up “Am I going to be on the internet tonight?” Yes Frank you are.

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