Hurworth Hunt heads out with dozens of supporters to see riders off

The Northern Echo: The Hurworth Hunt setting off on their New Year Day's hunt from West Rounton The Hurworth Hunt setting off on their New Year Day's hunt from West Rounton

DOZENS of well-wishers turned out to support a New Year’s Day hunt despite the wet and windy weather.

The Hurworth Hunt met at its traditional starting point, the Horse Shoe Inn, in West Rounton, near Northallerton, and one of the hunt masters Jane Strickland said there were around 60 supporters waiting to see the hunt head off.

And although she said the hunt went well, riders were ready to call it a day slightly earlier than usual because of the increasing wind.

She said: “The New Year’s Day hunt is often only for the hardened hunters because of the night before but we always get people coming out to support us.

“I have been hunting since before I can remember and we have always met at the Horse Shoe Inn so it is a great tradition.

“Despite the wind and rain we did have a very enjoyable hunt – the field master does a great job of keeping us entertained and the Hurworth Hunt is known to be a friendly crowd.”

She added: “We had around 45 horses in the hunt, compared with around 60 to 70 on a weekend."

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5:59pm Wed 1 Jan 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

Its strange you know, I just can't see the entertainment or pleasure in letting dogs rip another animal apart, as it dies in agony.
Just seems cruel and barbaric to me, I must be out of touch or dare I say normal.
Would I let my two dogs chase a feral cat and rip it apart, err no, that's not normal, or humane, and to be honest it may be a sign I have mental health issues if I thought it was acceptable.
Its strange you know, I just can't see the entertainment or pleasure in letting dogs rip another animal apart, as it dies in agony. Just seems cruel and barbaric to me, I must be out of touch or dare I say normal. Would I let my two dogs chase a feral cat and rip it apart, err no, that's not normal, or humane, and to be honest it may be a sign I have mental health issues if I thought it was acceptable. NO EINSTEIN

6:45pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Colcat says...

This is going to be a first for me, but as it's such an important topic: Well said NO EINSTEIN!
This is going to be a first for me, but as it's such an important topic: Well said NO EINSTEIN! Colcat

7:49pm Wed 1 Jan 14

darloboss says...

well said NO EINSTEIN you have hit the nail on the head although hunting with dogs is illegal we know it goes on and it is disgreatful that it still goes on
well said NO EINSTEIN you have hit the nail on the head although hunting with dogs is illegal we know it goes on and it is disgreatful that it still goes on darloboss

7:51pm Wed 1 Jan 14

darloboss says...

colcat i agree 100% with you on this one so no more name calling
colcat i agree 100% with you on this one so no more name calling darloboss

10:55am Thu 2 Jan 14

ianh says...

Personally sick of seeing these positive, pro hunting articles in the Echo.

I am equally sick of this hunt carrying the name of the village in which i am proud to live.
As far as i am aware it is a long time since this lot were last in Hurworth and certainly hope they dont return any time soon!
Personally sick of seeing these positive, pro hunting articles in the Echo. I am equally sick of this hunt carrying the name of the village in which i am proud to live. As far as i am aware it is a long time since this lot were last in Hurworth and certainly hope they dont return any time soon! ianh

11:18am Thu 2 Jan 14

David Lacey says...

I'm a hunting well wisher. I wish the b*st*ards would all fall down a well.
I'm a hunting well wisher. I wish the b*st*ards would all fall down a well. David Lacey

8:54am Tue 7 Jan 14

Treegrrrl says...

Hunting is illegal for a very good reason. "Tradition" is no excuse to continue barbaric, brutal killing of wild animals; it was banned and remains banned. Please do not put this crap in a newspaper and portray it as single acceptable and news-worthy. The only news-worthy aspect of it is the fact that the hunt's actions are ILLEGAL. Follow those brave, decent people who sab the hunts and rescue foxes whose lives are at stake, and ask questions of police forces who harass those same brave people using tax player's money and because they're apparently cosy with members of the hunts. That, we'd love to read about!
Hunting is illegal for a very good reason. "Tradition" is no excuse to continue barbaric, brutal killing of wild animals; it was banned and remains banned. Please do not put this crap in a newspaper and portray it as single acceptable and news-worthy. The only news-worthy aspect of it is the fact that the hunt's actions are ILLEGAL. Follow those brave, decent people who sab the hunts and rescue foxes whose lives are at stake, and ask questions of police forces who harass those same brave people using tax player's money and because they're apparently cosy with members of the hunts. That, we'd love to read about! Treegrrrl

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