Video and pictures: Tally-ho! Shropshire hunt's first meet of year

More than 200 people took part in a Shropshire hunt's first meet of the year.

Video and pictures: Tally-ho! Shropshire hunt's first meet of year

About 30 hounds and 100 horses from the Albrighton & Woodland Hunt trekked across 30 miles of countryside from Enville Hall yesterday.

"It was a fantastic sound when the hounds started to gather," he said. "It went really well, the weather was the right conditions and the rain had nicely softened the ground. All our hunts are committed within the law. We usually meet about twice a week to prepare, and it is a good social scene as well as being a sport."

The club has around 150 subscribers, who are people who ride regularly with them, and 400 members in total.

The autumn hunting season starts in late August, depending on the harvest, when new and young hounds are prepared and educated ready for the opening meet.

During the main season, hounds meet twice or three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays until the close of the season in mid-March. Autumn hunts take place in Shropshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire.

Mr Hill explained how the sport is now attracting a lot of younger people as it teaches good horsemanship.

He added: "We welcome all age ranges and have found that we attract people from all walks of life – even more so younger people now as it teaches them good horsemanship an how to balance on a horse across the uneven countryside ground."

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