Big turnout for Warwickshire Hunt’s Boxing Day meeting

Warwickshire Hunt setting off from Upton Hall. Pictured, John Rutter and daughter Sarah arriving at the hunt NNL-151227-114251009
Warwickshire Hunt setting off from Upton Hall. Pictured, John Rutter and daughter Sarah arriving at the hunt NNL-151227-114251009

The sight of horses and hounds on Boxing Day has been a British tradition for many years and the scene at Upton House was no different.

Hundreds of people young and old gathered at the National Trust venue to not only blow out the Christmas cobwebs but to welcome the Warwickshire Hunt as they rode through the countryside on the day.

Warwickshire Hunt setting off from Upton House., NNL-151227-114302009

Warwickshire Hunt setting off from Upton House., NNL-151227-114302009

Sam Butler of the Warwickshire Hunt, said: “I think the atmosphere and support on the day was probably more than what we have ever had.

“There was so many people there and a terrific amount of support. There was a great feeling that everybody should be supporting hunting and that it is the constitution of what goes on in the countryside. People have been coming out on Boxing Day to support the hunt for years and years and they want to hang on to it.”

More than 300 hunts took place across the UK, with an estimated 250,000 people heading out in support.

Another hunt meeting that took place in Banburyshire on Boxing Day was in Prime Minister David Cameron’s constituency as the Heythrop Hunt stopped off in Chipping Norton.

Warwickshire Hunt setting off from Upton Hall. Pictured, Robin Grimston riding Sandy NNL-151227-114021009

Warwickshire Hunt setting off from Upton Hall. Pictured, Robin Grimston riding Sandy NNL-151227-114021009