The Readyfield Bloodhounds Hunt

I went along to an old stately home in January to watch my first hunt and organised by The Readyfield Bloodhounds. This a hunting in a different way, it’s been around in the UK since the 16th century. But the law changed here in England in 2005 after much debate  so new ways to hunt a trail/scent have been derived in order to keep this treasured way of life going AND to keep folk in jobs.The Readyfield Bloodhounds now hunt a man. To be precise its called “Hunting the Clean Boot” A very fit man runs along a pre-determined route in advance of the bloodhounds, the route is known only to a few. This he does for the love of it practically every weekend. A pre-determined route therefore allows fences to be built and placed on the route that always includes some hedges and ditches a water crossing or two and the occasional stone wall making it even more fun for the riders and a lot easier for followers to see closer with the help of those ground staff “in the know” who point out good places to watch and photograph. I’m quite spoilt at being allowed to attend both hunts, I get to drive on private land with permission, and see my England from a different viewpoint,  sometimes getting out early mornings in Autumn (if not too far away from me) when the hounds are practising and see some wonderful and very different weather. I’m not the “photographer of choice” for the Readyfields of the Grove & Rufford I just love the atmosphere and I’ve made a few more friends too. Its my pleasure not my business so I go along when inclined to do so and not as a matter of course. Taking photos is something I love as you can probably tell! As a retired person it gets me out and from under my wife’s feet and keeps me occupied during our dark and often dreary English winter days. So thank you very much Simon from the Grove & Rufford and Mike from the Readyfields!..Ok so here are the photos from January to March of this year and some from the start of the new season just a couple of weekends ago.

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