Season ends in style for Route Hunt members

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Saturday 14th March was the last hunt of the 2014/2015 season for The Route Hunt.

Hunt members and friends gathered at Ballylagan Equestrian Centre and enjoyed refreshments provided by Martin and Frances Mellet of Jazz Horses.

Before setting off a cheque for £1,000 was presented to Mr Rex Humphries, president of RDA Coleraine.

Mr Humphries expressed his thanks and appreciation for the generous donation which would help fund the worthwhile work of RDA Coleraine.

At 12.30pm the hunt set off for the first round of the gallop at Ballylagan under the leadership of the Rockwood Harriers hunt master who was visiting the Route Hunt for the day.

There was then another gallop lead by hunt member Eamon O’Connor for numerous more jumps. Having completed the jumps at Ballylagan the hunt went for a short hack to Mr Humphries farm. Here there were numerous fences, bales, ditches, hedges and laneways. Several riders parted company with their horses but all were able to remount and carry on.

By 3.30pm the majority of riders had been out long enough and had jumped enough fences so they returned to Ballylagan for further refreshments and to discuss the events of the day.

A few stayed out for longer but managed to part company with their horses and ended up with cuts and bruises and jodphurs and jackets needing several hours steeping to get them ready for next season.

Thanks go to Huntsman Jonny Butler and the Jazz Horses team for setting up the day and to Rex Humphries for the use of his land and Martin Mellett for the use of Ballylagan.

The hunt members and committee thank all those involved in setting up this season’s hunts and the farmers and landowners who allow the hunt the use of their land.

If anyone has any free time and would be willing to help with the set up of meets for next season or if you have fallen stock for the hunt then contact the huntsman Jonny Butler on 07845 810 563.

The next Route Hunt event will be hunter trials held at Maddybenny equestrian centre on Sunday 26th April 2015. The course will be as used by Eventing Ireland on Saturday 25th April so as well as being a great training ground with lots of prizes and rosettes up for grabs it should also be a fun day for all.