IT was a perfect day bathed in sunshine when members of the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt were invited to the annual meet at the historic Goodwood kennels.
And it is an event steeped in history, with a special significance for the hunt.
The association between the Goodwood estate and hunting goes back as far as 1697 when the first Duke of Richmond bought a modest house nearby to hunt with the first dedicated pack of foxhounds in the neighbouring village of Charlton.
The Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray foxhounds are descended from this pack and are kennelled in Petworth Park.
The third Duke of Richmond restarted a pack of foxhounds as the Duke of Richmond’s Hounds and housed them in the best kennels in the country which had their own under-floor heating back in 1757.
This is now the Kennels Club House at Goodwood.
On Saturday, the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdfray Hunt was led by one of its joint masters, Charles Homan.
“We enjoyed a thrilling day of scent-trailing over the rolling Downs, following our huntsman Adrian Thompson,” he said.
“We had our fair share of tumblers during the day, enjoying some testing fences and the best scenery and views in England.”
There were 33 hounds out with the hunt.
Adrian Thompson was supported by first whip Tim Staines and amateur whips Graham Lawes and Mark Rees.