Route Hunt meet at Knockertotan

Nicole O'Loughlin on Ted  clearing the wall.
Nicole O'Loughlin on Ted clearing the wall.

On Saturday 26th October 18 Route Hunt members and three visitors met at the kennels for the Knockertotan hunt organised by hunt secretary Julie Smyth.

Hunt master Philip White welcomed everyone before the hunt set off at 12.15pm.

Kate Alcorn on Jeeves clearing the wall.

Kate Alcorn on Jeeves clearing the wall.

There was a hack along the Gateside Road and Ballymacrea Road to get everyone warmed up before the stubble fields that were ahead.

Here there were both hedge fences and purpose built fences set up in the fields.

The hunt then hacked to the reservoir on the Corbally Road where there were two ditches to jump.

There was then more stubble fields where all enjoyed a good canter before a stone wall and yet another ditch.

Jan Barr clearing the fence on Broody

Jan Barr clearing the fence on Broody

By this stage the weather had broken and the rain was pouring down but this did not deter the horses or riders.

There was then a canter along a laneway before facing the large plastic water pipe which most riders took on.

After this it was another hedge jump with quite a drop on the other side which came as a surprise to some but all managed to stay aboard.

There was then an optional five bar gate, a lane crossing and a double pole jump into another stubble field.

There were several more hedge jumps and walls before the hack back to the kennels where all enjoyed the soup and wheaten bread provided by the hunt secretary Julie Smyth.

Despite the rain all had enjoyed a good days hunting and appreciated the work of the hunt organisers and the generosity of the farmers and landowners who give the hunt the use of their land.

For further details about joining the Route Hunt please contact the Hunt Master (Philip White 07732630963) or the Hunt Secretary (Julie Smyth 07793209899).