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Horses and history feast
The Dannevirke Hunt: Andrew Beatson and Barry Beatson in front of the
field, at Sherwood, 2010.
Photos courtesy of Helen Ormsby
Canine control: Hounds ready for action.
Family tradition: Four generations of Beatsons have been hunt masters.
Tom, George, George and Barry, the current master.
Hunting form: The master's coat is
a fine sight.
By VIVIENNE HALDANE
The book on the history of the
Dannevirke Hunt was one that
Helen Ormsby was determined
would be written. In fact, the keen
horsewoman and photographer
had been planning it for 20 years.
Eventually, she persuaded Por-
angahau writer Hilary Pedersen
to take on the project. Later, co-
author Susan Berry joined her.
The Golden Thread: The History
of the Dannevirke Hunt is a hand-
some book with a rich red cover,
showing the master s coat, hunt-
ing horn and a delicate spray of
violets pinned to his lapel.
Well illustrated, with a wide
range of Mrs Ormsby s photo-
graphs taken over many years,
plus historical images, The Golden
Thread will particularly interest
those with a yen for horses and
Hunting began in the southern
Hawke s Bay district in 1889
when huntsman Dick Roake, from
Wellington, hunted by invitation
through the Wairarapa, Woodville
and Dannevirke districts.
Golden thread refers to the
perfect and sacred relationship
between a huntsman and his
When a huntsman has a true
rapport, the whole pack will move
after him as one, no matter how
often he changes direction.
Patron Pat Lowry of New Zea-
land Hunts Association said:
There s no finer way to see the
land than between a horse s ears;
a dedicated huntsman and a fit
pack of hounds, a master who
relates to the landowner and his
field and other officials who main-
tain the full working of the hunt.
Mrs Ormsby, of Waipukurau,
rode with the hunt for 34 years,
retiring in 1995.
She refers to the golden years
of hunting when the country was
open and you could run for miles,
especially over the hunt country
west of Highway 50 .
She is currently vice-president
of The Dannevirke Hunt.
Co-author Mrs Pedersen said
she was happy with the book --
and slightly relieved too, having
said yes then no, then yes again .
After a few gins and a bit of
arm-twisting, I gave in, Mrs
I was hunted like the hare.
I used to hunt, but I confess I
didn t like it. I wasn t a very cour-
ageous rider. I had a very showy
pony who wasn t really a jumper
and she used to baulk at spars.
She was very strong so I lived in
two lots of fears; either I was
going to overrun the master or she
was going to baulk at the jump
and I was going to be left behind.
With some of the finest hunting
territory in New Zealand, from
south of Dannevirke to
Waipukurau, the tradition con-
We have one of the biggest
memberships for juniors in the
country, Mrs Ormsby said.
That s great, because the
future of any organisation is in its
Copies of the book are available
from Lois Ferrick, (06) 374 7558,
or Helen Ormsby, (06) 858 9470.
ICE expo pulls in the crowds
Fine crop: Apples loaded up on Fern Ridge's
ute as part of a competition to guess how
many were in here.
Well trained: Dillon Green gets creative with
Mind map: A painting by Peg Hope was on display
Watching young horticulturists twist prun-
ings into sculptural shapes was a crowd
pleaser at the ICE Expo at the Hastings
A&P Showgrounds recently.
Hortisports was just one element of the
Young Fruit Grower of the Year compe-
tition held in conjunction with the fruit and
vegetable industry expo, the largest of its
kind in the country. Contestants were also
are tested on their day-to-day fruit-growing
knowledge such as mechanical know-how,
health and safety protocols, pest and dis-
ease control, fruit quality assessments and
implications and labour requirements.
Now into it s fifth year ICE, which stands
for Innovation, Celebration and Education,
has become embedded on the horticultural
calendar and the number of visitors this
year showed this. We had a small problem
with parking this year, said Leon Stallard
President of the HBFA.
Wehadtoextendit. . .twice.Itwasa
great problem to have.
A last minute rush from exhibitors saw
the exhibitor numbers swell to around 50
with many other companies coming to have
a look for next year.
Event manager and member of the HBFA
Executive Lesley Wilson was thrilled with
It was a fantastic day, lots of people
catching up on the latest innovations and
catching up with old friends.
The HBFA barbecue did a roaring trade.
Times have been tough and we have kept
the event going strong.
One exhibitor noted that if it was this
good in tough times imagine what it will be
like in the good; it s looking good for the
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