Change of tack for Boxing Day Hunt in Lewes

Boxing Day Hunt, Lewes.
Boxing Day Hunt, Lewes.

The spectacle of the Boxing Day Hunt will return to Lewes with a difference this year.

A small group of around 20 riders will gather outside the White Hart on the High Street at 11am while the rest of the riders will form up in Brooks Road.

Boxing Day Hunt, Lewes.

Boxing Day Hunt, Lewes.

Then at 11.20am they will join the rest of the group outside the White Hart and ride up the High Street towards the racecourse on the South Downs.

It can be quite stressful for horses being in such close proximity to hundreds of people and organiser the South Downs and Eridge Hunt is hoping this will make the popular event for riders, spectators and horses.

Joint secretary of the South Downs and Eridge Hunt Anne Chatteron said: “Some horses haven’t done it before and it is quite an ordeal to have hundreds of people around them if they’re not used to it.”

Around 100 riders take part in the annual tradition which draws hundreds of onlookers to the historic centre of Lewes.

Residents come from Lewes and outlying villages to watch the Boxing Day tradition.

The traditional event has a long history.

Anne said the Boxing Day Hunt had certainly been running since after the Second World War and could possibly be even older.

The Southdown and Eridge Hunt has its kennels in Ringmer.

It was formed in 1981 by the amalgamation of the Southdown Hunt and the Eridge Hunt.

For more information visit http://www.southdownanderidge.com/