Dogs, England, Europe, horses

A Step Back in Time at The Blackmore Vale Hunt

Saturday, October 20 we woke early and found a wonderful email invitation from our neighbor in Henstridge, England to attend the inaugural Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt. Since we love horses so much, and since it was a beautiful sunny, dry day (a very rare thing on this trip to England) we jumped on the chance to witness a little English history.

We thought it would be a bunch of horses gathering in a field with a few dogs to chase a fox. Oh, no!

This was on a magnificent estate, Inward House. And, a few horses totaled over 150. The hounds (they are not “dogs” but rather “hounds”) were beautiful and very ready to do their work.

The people were decked out to say the least. At the registration table our neighbor was serving Port to riders and onlookers, for free, at 10AM. These people know how to throw a party!

The video below explains it all, in full color and action.


See you on the road.

Bev & John


IMG_1683Caring for two dogs, two horses, two goats, two cats, and a bunch of chickens and roosters in a small village in a foreign country can be
daunting. But, not for us. We have done it before,
As International Trusted House Sitters we get to make new friends with all sorts of critters. The best part, however, is making new human friends.

About Bev & John
We have rented our home and rid ourselves of most of our “collection of stuff” so we could explore the world, unencumbered. Join us as we learn how to live like locals, throughout the world, without it costing a fortune.

Follow us on our journey:

Follow us on Facebook:
Get a $40 Travel Credit at, on us:
Become a Trusted House Sitter and Save 20%:

Our Social:
Facebook: Instagram:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s