The rain poured down but the buckets kept rattling on Saturday 20th January at Hundred Acre Farm, Sopworth for the annual Beaufort Hunt Charity Meet.
The Milsom family have been generously hosting this popular meet for over 22 years and it has raised many thousands of pounds for charities both local and national.
This year the chosen charity was The National Autistic Society and in less than 45 minutes over £1170 filled the buckets and it is hoped the final total will be in excess of this.
On a chilly 8th January a large crowd of mounted followers from the Beaufort Hunt with many more on foot gathered at Park Farm, Westonbirt to celebrate a happy occasion, the 80th birthday of popular farmer, John Hatherell.
John who was joined by wife Margaret and the rest of the his family was congratulated in a short speech on becoming an octogenarian by joint master, Ian Farquhar who was joined by his fellow joint masters, the Duke of Beaufort and Matt Ramsden also adding their best wishes.
Photo shows …mounted Matt Ramsden, left to right Duke of Beaufort, Margaret Hatherell, daughter Julie Curtis, hidden John Curtis son in law, Ian Farquhar and Sarah Newman (daughter of John and Margaret Hatherell)
At Badminton just before Christmas, the Duke of Beaufort presented two cheques to great causes.
The first cheque for £7,000 was presented on behalf of the Badminton Ride to the Restoration Fund for the Parish Church of Badminton.
The Badminton Ride takes place annually on the Duke`s beautiful estate and is manned by many volunteers from the Beaufort Hunt of which the Duke is joint master.
The second cheque presented by the Duke was to Wiltshire Air Ambulance for £1000. This came from the proceeds of the ever popular annual Beaufort Hunt Supporters Club Horse Show which is held on the Badminton Estate every August.
The photos show from left to right:
£7000 cheque to Restoration Fund. Nick Grant-Thorold (Ride Director), the Duke of Beaufort, Sheilah Michael and Christopher White ( churchwardens), Ian Farquhar joint master, and mounted Matt Ramsden joint master
£1000 cheque to Wilts Air Ambulance. Steve Ackland, Barbara Sealy (representing Wiltshire Air Ambulance), the Duke of Beaufort joint master, Nuala Dunne, Jill Brack and Jenny Minney (Horse Show organisers, Ian Farquhar joint master and Matt Ramsden joint master mounted. Back row left Mike Hibbard, (Hunt Club chairman)
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The Beaufort Hunt held a very successful Carol Service on 15th December at Badminton Church which was much enjoyed by all
Mr Matt Ramsden MFH and his team paraded hounds at The Festival of Eventing at Gatcombe in August.
A warm reception greeted them particularly from all the children - Posy received a lot of love!.
There was fun for everyone at the popular Beaufort Hunt Open Day Terrier Show and Family Dog Show held on the 30th July in Badminton Park.
The hounds were on show with joint masters Captain Ian Farquhar and Matt Ramsden talking about their work and breeding and a chance to see the immaculate kennels.
Terriers of every type were being expertly paraded in the show ring with entries from far and wide . The family dog section had hotly contested novelty classes, the fancy dress class being a particular favourite. The day ended with the normal rather manic terrier racing, one race being subject to a rather large and unofficial sudden entry!
A fun day for all.
5th August saw an intrepid band brave an early start at the Kennels for the annual Tour de Beaufort Bike Ride behind the hounds.
About 65 keen cyclists of all ages arrived mounted on a range of trusty and sometimes rusty steeds. Joint master Matt Ramsden and his team took the scenic route around the lanes and by-ways ending up beside the famous Lake in Badminton Park, where the super fit hounds cooled off in the water. The equally, by this time, super fit followers then enjoyed a delicious breakfast back at kennels beautifully cooked as ever by the Ainger Family.