We were incredibly lucky to be asked to parade hounds at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Sunday 15th May in front of hundreds, if not thousands, of people (and maybe even the Queen).
There were three other packs of hounds on parade: the Blean Beagles from Kent, the Eton College Hunt (one of the other three remaining school packs) and the Crawley and Horsham Foxhounds. It goes without saying that the Radley Beagles were the best behaved.
We entered the Castle Arena at 13:15 and after four laps around the circumference the gates were opened to the audience to come and meet the hounds. I could not hazard a guess to the amount of people in the ring at any one time; we simply could not see the hounds for the people!
After this we ran another two laps of the arena blowing away on our horns, I was certainly out of puff by the time we had finished. Then started the delicate business of separating the hounds belonging to various packs before heading home.
It was a pleasure to see two OR ex-Masters of Hounds helping to organise the Show: Edward Benyon (Master 1979-80) and the Show’s Chairman Stuart Cowen (Master 1978-79).
Report by Archie Clifton-Brown, Master of Hounds, A Social, 6.1