Alice Man­ners

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

Fash­ion ad­vi­sor in Lon­don, brought up at Belvoir Cas­tle, Le­ices­ter­shire

Sport­ing heaven A Belvoir meet at the cas­tle, as that is such a long tra­di­tion. I love shoot­ing at home, too, al­though it’s not just about where you are, but who you’re with. I fell in love with the River Lax­ford, in Suther­land, on a trip with Otis Ferry this sum­mer—it was so wild and beau­ti­ful, with water cas­cad­ing off the moun­tains Favourite kit A slight, el­e­gant hunt­ing whip that I was given when I was seven and my Belvoir hunt but­tons, which Dad [the Duke of Rut­land] in­vited me to wear at the end of last sea­son. I trea­sure both his let­ter and the but­tons Horse of a life­time Bonny, a grey Ir­ish sport horse with a ‘prophet mark’ (like a thumb im­print) on her neck, which my mother took to be such a good omen that we bought her un­tried. She’s car­ried me over big coun­try, in­clud­ing the Led­bury and Wynnstay, and given me huge con­fi­dence. I love tak­ing her on hound ex­er­cise, which is such a priv­i­lege Red-let­ter day An in­cred­i­ble day with the Belvoir in the Wal­ton coun­try two years ago with my aunt, Lady Sarah Mccorquo­dale. I re­mem­ber look­ing back at the end of a 90minute run and see­ing ev­ery­one’s faces lit up Last day on Earth Def­i­nitely hunt­ing; I feel bet­ter af­ter a good day’s hunt­ing than any­thing else. It’s pure adren­a­line and I much pre­fer jump­ing hedges be­hind hounds

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