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Best Hunting Tumble Picture is Unveiled

Winner of the Countryside Alliance Tumblers’ Club competition, in association with Pol Roger, announced

"It’s a bit of a blur!”

Out of hundreds of snaps sent in from hunts across the UK and Ireland, Ella Meadows’ picture of Sam Matthews’ spectacular fall was judged to be the top tumble of the 2014-15 season and they both win a magnum of Champagne and a crystal tankard.

Sam hit the deck whilst traversing a large drainage ditch at the joint meet of the Weston & Banwell Harriers and the Taunton Vale Harriers, on 14 December 2014.


He said: “I’m an amateur whip with the Taunton Vale and was riding Banjo, a horse belonging to our joint-master Debbie Banwell. I might have been showing off a bit and when I was told the rhyne was a diffi cult jump I thought I’d give it a go.”

“As you can see I took the bridle with me and from then on it’s a bit of a blur!”

Both Sam and Banjo were fine although Sam said he was a bit bruised.

Ella often follows the Weston & Banwell on a quad, taking pictures of the day. She said: “I saw they were heading for the ditch so ran across to get into a good position. I managed to get a series of images of the fall, from Banjo getting into the ditch to Sam’s rotational fl ip – it was quite impressive!”

The competition was judged by Paul Graham from Pol Roger, Ali Henton from The Field magazine, three-day eventer and keen hunting supporter Harry Meade and Henrietta Rutgers, of the Countryside Alliance’s hunting campaign.

Henrietta said: “We felt the winning picture embodied all that could happen out hunting and the judges admired the flexibility of the tumbler. We also liked the lady in the photo jumping upsides showing the tumbler how it is done, we have all been there!

“It was a very close call between winner and runnerup as the runner-up’s photo made us all roar with laughter but we felt that the winning photo captured the essence and challenges that hunting brings.”

The other winners were: second place Nollaig Hurley’s image of Colum O’Brien’s fall with the Kingdom Hunt Club, Co. Kerry; third place, Paul Buddin’s picture of Edward Carter’s fall in the  Bicester with Whaddon Chase country and highly commended were Graham Dixon’s picture of  Roger Nixon and Adrian Cherry’s double whammy of tumblers David Cross and David Gilmore.

The competition has been so successful that we would like to make it an annual event, so be ready with your cameras for the 2015/16 season!

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Top Image - Winner: Sam Matthews by Ella Meadows

Middle Image - Second Place: Colum O'Brien by Nollaig Hurley

Bottom Image - Third Place: Edward Carter by Paul Buddin


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