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HORSE AND HOUND

christine and lilian at stables

For centuries, the noble horse has played a vital part in the life of the village. The image of the trusty ploughboy, who could till an acre a day with his magnificent pair, is now consigned to history, but the sight of the last working horses in Ambridge is still within the living memory of our older inhabitants.

This area is the home of the South Borsetshire Hunt, whose kennels are at Netherbourne Hall. The annual Hunt Ball, Boxing Day meet and Point to Point, usually held on Easter Tuesday, are important events in the county's social calendar.

And of course, some of us are fortunate enough to be able to earn a living from equine enterprises. Pictured above in 1968 are Christine Johnson (now Barford) and my sister Lilian Archer (now Bellamy). At this time they were working together at The Stables, which following Christine's recent well deserved retirement continues to thrive under the management of yet another family member, my cousin Shula Hebden-Lloyd.

I should also mention that at Home Farm in Ambridge, we have an off-the-road riding course which is open to all on payment of a modest fee.

 


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