Drawing in the crowds at Upton

The Warwickshire Hunt gathered at Upton House on Boxing Day for their traditional meeting. Picture by DJM Country Images. NNL-141230-113944001
The Warwickshire Hunt gathered at Upton House on Boxing Day for their traditional meeting. Picture by DJM Country Images. NNL-141230-113944001

Hundreds of people made the trip to Upton House and Gardens as members of the Warwickshire Hunt gathered for a Boxing Day meeting.

The sounds of hounds and hooves have echoed in this part of Warwickshire for many years, and this year was no different as 120 members galloped through the countryside with many more travelling on foot.

Sam Butler, chairman of the hunt, said it was another successful day. He said: “It was a fantastic day. Ten years since the hunting ban came into place we still continue to have great support; it is thriving as strongly as ever.

“Many people come and support us and talking to some on the day they put this event in their diary; this is part of British tradition.” Hunt members travelled around the Warwickshire countryside in a route of about eight to ten square miles before returning back to Upton House in the afternoon.

Mr Butler added the event continues to attract a large proportion of young riders who go along on the day with Hunt members.

He added: “Since the hunting ban it has become more open and accessible to all.”