After a stressful journey due to traffic delays, my mood was quickly lifted as we turned into the driveway of Moundsmere Manor.
As the day continued we had plenty of hedges varying in height so everyone could give it ago. By now mud was flying, covering small ponies and tiny jockeys, it was the most mud we have had so far this season, which truly christened our jods and tack. It wasn't long before we began to have a few more tumblers; from behind me I heard the dreaded “Loose horse!” As I looked behind I saw a little grey pony shoot past! Thankfully both horse and rider where unharmed and where able to carry on the fun. The tumblers didn't end here as another pony and rider slipped in the mud! You're only a true hunter when you have taken a tumble out and have the guts to carry on.
The first field glided across endless farmland, mud flying in full swing from the hooves ahead. Laura took the second field steadier, but still giving all the jumps ago. We crossed some of the most stunning country as we galloped through grass fields, stubble and along side perfectly cut hedgerows. There is no better feeling than being able to just let “your horse go”. Hounds were just visible in the distance.
Moundsmere has some great hedges and a huge wide hedge in the perfect position for footfollowers to watch. There were a few refusal, one horse ran straight through it but many cleared it. Maria King, Jamie Cheetham and Vicky Thompson to name a few gave our footfollowers what they had been waiting for.
After the day was drawing to an end it was time to head back home after four lines. When the tired horses where washed down from being covered in mud, it was time to fill hungry bellies. With thanks to Clara for making super yummy cakes and Andrew and Fiona for making two delicious homemade hot soups.
By Ellie Simpson-Ball
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