ANZAC Day was not only is a day to remember fallen soldiers it also marked the day for the opening hunt of the Penola Hunt Club.
Penola is the only hunt club remaining operational in the SE so the club draws many riders from across the surrounding districts.
Thirty-one riders were drawn to the property of Kingsley, Margaret, Jim and Melinda Moore where the opening hunt has taken place for many, many years.
And without these generous landowners hunting could not happen.
A toast at stirrup cup is a small token for our gratitude is held at half time.
Before the hunt started Club President Andrew Smith presented a cheque to the Royal Flying Doctors Service, money raised from the annual beach ride held earlier in the year.
After the cheque was received Andrew introduced the master Helen Mules to the field where she handed over to the RSL members for the reading of the Ode, The Last Post and a minute’s silence.
Once the formalities were taken care of master Helen wasted no time in getting the hunt underway, closely followed by deputy Wayne Field, otherdDeputy Jenna Bignell went mid-field to keep a close watch on the new riders which included Mariska Hawke, Anne-Louise Stranddorf and Georgie and Lucy Chant who all seemed to cope well in a new endeavour.
It is great to see Elaine Smith back in the saddle after having a season off (due to injury), don’t think Elaine is as fit as she thought she was.
Also encouraging seeing some riders out that have only had limited number of hunts in the past season, riders being Kym-Marie and Olivia Berkin, Angie and Peter Melvill, Shannon Nicholls, Dale Jackway, Kerry Bowman, Heidi Sutherland, Belinda Seaman, who did part company from her mount Gryff unhurt and continued, and Rob Fairchild.
Lets hope these riders keep coming to as many hunts as possible.
A regular to the hunt, but hardly ever rides just seems to take her daughters, decided to saddle up this week in Denise Halliday.
Other riders last season who made their way around the course were Andrew Smith, Lisa Sanders, Kendra Bignell, Lynda Field, Zoe Halliday, Jane Lucas and her son Bailey Poulish, Jo O’Connor on her new horse “Sam”, can’t wipe that smile off her face this week, Josh Slape, Fiona Ward, Tara Batt and Georgia Robbie.
Next Hunt is on Sunday at Wongabeena, the property of Ian and Jill Fennell.