Boxing Day meet

Emma Forman (left) and others waiting to follow the hounds.  (Lin) EMN-141229-070733001
Emma Forman (left) and others waiting to follow the hounds. (Lin) EMN-141229-070733001

The annual Boxing Day meet of the Brocklesby Hunt took place at the Point-to-Point course on Lord Yarborough’s estate at Brocklesby, where 58 mounted followers gathered at 11am, watched by a large crowd for the traditional Christmas event.

Gareth Bow, now in his third season as huntsman of the Brocklesby, paraded hounds along the racecourse assisted by Whipper-in Ed Shere who joined the hunt in May.

Lord Yarborough led the mounted hunt followers and was accompanied by Lord Worsley and his youngest son 12 year old Edward Pelham riding his grey pony, Jack.

The Boxing Day hunt is for many people a traditional part of Christmas.

Trails had been laid in the Mausoleum woods and surrounding area ready for the hounds to follow.

And 14-year-old Ellie Hicken from Immingham was one of those making the most of the school holidays and riding her pony, whilst her brother Kyle followed on his bike.

Emily Wilson (17) from Goxhill was another Brocklesby Pony Club member enjoying riding out with the hunt.

Jonathan Hendry from Tetney was following in his car,whilst his wife Katy was riding.

“It’s lovely to be out in the fresh air enjoying the countryside,” he said.

Amongst the mounted followers were two Point-to-Point jockeys; Tom Broughton is hoping to be in action at Brocklesby with Cian Boy next spring, whilst Midlands area leading Point-to-Point rider Tom Strawson hopes to defend his title when racing in the area resumes.

There are two Point-to-Points scheduled for Brocklesby in 2015; the South Wold on Sunday February 8 and the Brocklesby on Sunday March 1.