the ooty to­day

The Field - - 2018 Macnab Challenge - By civil­ian sub­scriber Dr Is­rael Mani

The Oo­ta­ca­mund (Ooty) Hunt was founded in 1835. Af­ter the Sec­ond World War it con­tin­ued under civil­ian man­age­ment but when the then com­man­dant of In­dian De­fence Ser­vices Staff Col­lege, Ma­jor Gen­eral

Len­taigne, re­alised it might not con­tinue it was adopted by the col­lege.

As a re­sult of Roddy Sale (Cap­tain Welsh Guards, Rtd) hunt­ing with the Ooty he re­alised that they had had no draft hounds since 1970 and thus con­sulted the late Cap­tain Ron­nie Wal­lace MFH, who rec­om­mended a draft from the Hur­worth. Shep­herd was im­ported in May 2004. Sale and Alice Helme then had a day in 2010 and Mirabel Helme, MFH, kindly do­nated a draft from the Ted­worth in June 2011.

The bu­reau­cracy of hound im­port steadily mounted. The Hunt op­er­ates as a drag hunt over its tra­di­tional coun­try in the rolling hills out­side Ooty. The ken­nels have 26 hounds, which are looked af­ter by Pakianathan, a third­gen­er­a­tion ken­nel­man.

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