I recently bought a bundle of old photographs. I spent ages looking at this one, trying to work out its date. Then I did the obvious & took it out of its frame. Obligingly someone has written on the back “Meet April 14th 1906 at Coker”
I had thought it looked quite spring-like, it must have been the final lawn meet of the season. The Coker connection means that it was probably the Cattistock hunt, who are still based in Dorset & Somerset.
The details are fantastic – the child on the donkey caught my eye, it could be a boy or a girl in that era, probably a boy because riding astride. Splendid hat though. Also I can just make out the leather toe / clog stirrups, which pleases me because I have a couple of pairs of them.
Behind the donkey group there is another woman in a fabulous Edwardian frock. Who can go within 100 yards of a horse or donkey in a dress like that without getting liberally smeared in grass, slobber or worse?
One of the huntsman is riding in a snaffle – interesting. I had thought that was frowned upon at the time. How does the saying go again? Something along the lines of “Fools, damn fools and the man who hunts in a snaffle”.
The horse’s docked tail is something of a shock.
There are carriages, and everyone is wearing hats – from the mounted followers in silk top hats to boys in caps.