An­drew Hud­son

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

Chair­man of the Bedale and owner of Grimwith Moor, North York­shire

Sport­ing heaven Hunt­ing with the Bedale, the Spey, a lucky river for me where I’ve fished since child­hood— we caught 54 at Rothes this sum­mer— and shoot­ing grouse at Grimwith in Oc­to­ber in a fresh, north-east­erly wind Favourite kit An old Hardy reel that croaks like a toad and be­longed to my grand­fa­ther Horse of a life­time A 17.2hh hunter with a huge Ro­man nose that I bought to re­sume hunt­ing on af­ter a six-year break. Tiny was an ugly but won­der­ful an­i­mal that never went lame and jumped what­ever I pointed him at— a real gen­tle gi­ant. In the early days, on the Zet­land hunt ride, I sailed over his head, but we clicked soon af­ter. He lived to the age of 28 Red-let­ter day A bo­nanza at Fochabers many years ago when the Spey was at a per­fect height fol­low­ing a flood. Two of us had four each be­fore break­fast and, by evening, my score was up to nine. I was the youngest mem­ber of the party and went down af­ter din­ner and caught my 10th—an 18-pounder —which I col­lapsed on in the dark Last day on Earth It’s hard to choose as I love all three. What I do know is that we’ve got to make the most of all field­sports for as long as we’re fit enough to en­joy them

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