With the weather conditions the Lower Eyre Peninsula experienced over the weekend you would be forgiven for thinking that the Southern Eyre Hunt Club’s Wangary ride at Limestone would have been cancelled.
It’s a good thing our hunters have a constitution hardier than a bottle of 80-year-old whiskey dug up out of your grandparents garden because nine riders showed up, prepared for wet conditions, despite the forecasted wild winds and woolly weather.
Deputy master Grace Kemp stepped up once again and performed the role of master on the day.
This hunt she was determined to stay in the saddle and brought her ever faithful Gus out for a run.
The two did not miss a beat and it was good to see them both out and enjoying themselves.
It’s a good thing our hunters have a constitution hardier than a bottle of 80-year-old whiskey...
Also back out in the field was Geordie Trenowden on Jerry, with her husband and baby in the car following to watch her soar through the field, looking like she never left the saddle.
Sheree Mills on Appy flew over some of the natural logs as if the horse had wings on his hooves, her smile saying it all as they hunted toward the top of the field.
Tarnya Branson on Shan had a good day alongside her husband Troy Branson on borrowed horse King Bob and the two rode brilliantly in a pair all afternoon.
However, it took me a while to work out what the ‘thunk’ sound was every time they rode past over a jump.
I found out later it was his feet hitting some of the jumps when he was not able to pull them up high enough as they went over them.
Apparently there is a downside to being so tall and I am sure his toes are a little tender, even today.
Hayley Norton acted as field master on her horse Chumarni, who was decked out in bright colours.
The pretty mare made the most of the day and stretched her legs, all the while Norton kept a close eye on the band of giggling junior riders at the back of the field.
Lani Kemp on Zack, Issy Blackshaw on Herbie and Emma Doudle on Murphy all looked like they were having a fantastic time as they rode together and grew confident cruising over capped fences and some of the bigger logs.
Props to all who had a go over the giant log across the far side of the creek, especially Blackshaw who had several attempts and succeeded in the final moment.
Doudle, no, not Doug this time, apparently had a moment where she dismounted a little ungracefully, however as I did not witness it, it may not have happened.
As far as I could see Emma Doudle was atop her pony and laughing alongside the others as they crossed the last jumps into stirrup cup.
We had plenty of car followers and visitors who braved the day to come out and watch and once a sheltered spot was found, we all enjoyed a few moments rest and a sip of something to warm us up, bracing ourselves for the second half.
After Stirrup Cup, the field completed some section fours practice.
Section fours is an event that hunt clubs from around the state compete in at the Royal Adelaide Show.
It takes precision, skill and control to complete the course successfully as a team and the club also demonstrates section fours at the Cummins Show for those who cannot make it to Adelaide.
The end of the day was well met with a beautiful spread of cakes, delicious pinwheels and tasty soup made by Carlene Doudle.
The raffle was drawn and landowners were thanked as the day drew to a close and people made their way home.
Thank you to all landowners who allow the club to ride and drive over their property, there would be no club without you and your generosity is appreciated.
This weekend the Southern Eyre Hunt Club is holding the Pinjetta Campover at the generous hospitality of Phil Hoskin.
Please see the club’s Facebook page for details: www.facebook.com/SouthernEyreHuntClubInc/ or give Stacey a call on 0428 65 68 64.