“The odds were stacked against. The wind was in excess of 40mph
and the rain hit hard but it didn’t deter the teams going foot to the
floor to gain the fastest round. In the 75cm class Little Highhurst
Juniors from Cowfold won with a speedy round clearing the joker fence 3
times and only lowering a pole. In the 90cm class the Crawley and
Horsham Airborne Division flew to take top honours. The meter class saw
the Bog Snorkellers consisting of Hartley Crouch, Patrick Beirne and
Kyle Bedford swim their way through the rain to first place in a blink
and you missed it class of six very competitive teams.
In the turnout section the Surrey Union 1, Triple Trouble from
Petworth and The Masters of the Universe won beautiful rosettes kindly
sponsored by Vanessa Lawes of and goody bags kindly donated
by Stockley Trading in Midhurst.
The gate junior gate jumping had most spectators watching through their
fingers or biting their nails! The winner was Jess Hall who cleared 1.20m. The biggest cheer went not only to the winner but also to Sasha Lawes on Make a Splash who jump a gate bigger than her pony and sadly
just tipped it off the cups. The winner of the open gate jumping Kyle
Bedford cleared 1.40m having gone on to jump two extra rounds once
second placed Rachael Morley was knocked out.
The event was hindered by the high winds and amendments were made to
get the gate and jumps to stay upright however the atmosphere was
electric and the cheers must have been heard in Petworth as spectators
got in on the act.
Coming up next and involving just as much cheering
will be the Point to Point on Saturday 25th April at Parham.”
Class 1 — 75cm
1st – Little Highurst Juniors
(Olivia Watts, Kiera Mitchell, Liberty
Macfie) 2nd – Crawley & Horsham Cossacks
(Holly Mahal, Francesca Mills, Flora
Scott) 3rd— Highfield Hellraisers
(Freddie Cooper, Daisy Fletcher, Holly
Fletcher) 4th— Ridewell Rompers
(Lisa Hamilton, Nick Caddick and Jess Hall)
5th— Horsham Hopefuls
(Amy Saunders, Megan Ward, Isabel Hooley.)
6th — Bridge House Hooligans
(Saskia Rogerson, Sylvie Plaskow, Lauren
Best Turned out – Surrey Union 1
(Camilla Swift, Kiera Mitchell, Liberty Macfae)
Class 2 — 90cm
1st — Crawley & Horsham Airborne Division
(Aisha Mahal, Abi Owen, Anna
Dunne) 2nd — Surrey Union 2
(Katherine McGrail, Russell Ingram, Natalie
Wenman) 3rd — Petersfield PC
(Charlie Biles, Imogen Porter – Wright, Grace
Clark) 4th — Little Highhurst
(Olivia Watts, Georgina Knight, Caroline Sonati)
5th — The A Team
(Coco Clevely, Rachael Morley, Kate Ford)
6th — Wild Woodlands
(Ella Tilbury, Jess Callender, Eliose Needham)
Best Turned Out – Triple Trouble
(Karen Dallyn, Rachael Morley, Sammy
Class 3 — 100cm
1st – The Bog Snorkellers
(Hartley Crouch, Patrick Beirne, Kyle
Bedford) 2nd — Petersfield PC
(Charlie Biles, Imogen Porter – Wright, Grace
Clark) 3rd – Los Buscavidos
(Adria Holder, Stewert Paterson, Henrietta
Paterson) 4th — Masters of the Universe
(Paul Lyon-Maris, Julian Edge, Charles
Homan) 5th – Wisborough Whizzers
(Adam Matthews, Lauren Jones, Abigail
Partridge) 6th – Fifty Shades of Hay
(Jo Burdett, Louise Peacock, Louise Evans)
Best Turned Out – Masters of the Universe
(Paul Lyon-Maris, Julian Edge, Charles Homan)
Class 4 — 60cm Gate-Jumping 1st – Jess Hall
Class 5 — 80cm Gate- Jumping 1st – Kyle Bedford
Also available (but only for few days more days) Modern Times: Welcome to Mayfair starring CL&C kosher meet host and subscriber, property tycoon and all-round bon viveur, Tony Lorenz
And to look forward to in the autumn, a three-parter Inside Country Life, some of which was filmed at this season’s opening meet and starring subscriber Rupert Uloth and — as is de rigueur these days — Sage and the CL&C hounds
Like we said, very few escaped unscathed:
with the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt.
The Events Committee are delighted to be emailing you with the dates of our fundraising events this coming season:
Saturday 7 March | Hunt Ball. (See details and application form here).
Sunday 29 March | Team Relay and Gate Jumping Competition at Coombelands. Schedule is attached. Our thanks to Gaye Harwood for allowing us use of the fantastic facilities.
Saturday 25 April | Point-to-Point at Parham with a new Countryside Arena running from 11.30am throughout the day. Come along with your terriers for the terrier racing, enjoy the falconer, have a flutter on the horses and enjoy the tradestands..
Sunday 12 July | Open Show at Foxleigh Farm, Kirdford. This will include Sunshine Tour and Equifest qualifiers as well as all the normal show jumping, dressage, working hunter, fun class and the greatly anticipated children’s and adult gymkhana. Many thanks to Richard and Elaine Whitcomb for allowing us to return to their beautiful fields for the third year running.
Saturday 29 August | Champagne Ride from Pallingham Manor Farm. Many thanks to Rob and Vicki Wilkins for allowing us the use of their barn.
Saturday 12 September | Hunter Trial at Coombelands. Many thanks -- as ever -- to Gaye Harwood.
Full details of every event will go on the website www.clandchunt.co.uk in due course
Spectators to all events are always very welcome or perhaps you could offer some time to help the day before or on the day. Please contact the organiser, any offers of help are always hugely appreciated.
We look forward to welcoming you to our events this year.
We’ve decided to make it after our ‘second’ Opening Meet as many of you felt it was less frantic a day and easier to make arrangements for. We are here to oblige…
Tickets are £23 and can be obtained from Hon Sec Nadine Crouch on 07973 182414 or via ‘Speak’. They will sell extremely well, so please get in touch with her quickly. It was a terrific evening last time, so the Masters will look forward to seeing you all again and to toast 2014-5. Here is the menu for your perusal and delectation:
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Traditional Bacon Suet Pudding
Fresh Parsley Sauce
Little Roasted Potatoes with Seasonal Vegetables
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Warm Blackberry, Pear and Almond Tartlets
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Coffee & Petits-Fours de Ferrero Rocher
(Oh, Ambassador! How you spoil us!)
Ladies and gentlemen! Be a cut above the rest in a new body warmer and make yourself instantly popular with the masters by producing, from its pockets, some sloe gin in one of our smart new hip flasks. Several would be delighted with a flourish of your wind-proof lighter. With the festive season less than 15 weeks away [Thanks for that - Ed] , these will provide affordable gift solutions of ineffable quality, while simultaneously raising money to support your hounds. What a warm, roseate glow that will produce! Especially after the sloe gin.
All available from Sheila Lillywhite. See her at meets.
Prices: Pewter Hip Flask = £25 Stainless Steel Hip Flask = £20 Leather Hip Flask = £20 Bottle-stop = £15 Lighter = £10 Body Warmer = £35 Fleece (adult) = £25 Fleece (child) = £15 Sweat Shirt (adult) = 20 Sweat Shirt (child) = £15 Ties = £15 Cap = £10
Please get in touch with Sheila (01798 342990) as soon as you can as it is sure to sell out quickly.