Waterlogged ground has led to the cancelation of the popular point-to-point races scheduled to be held at Great Trethew, near Liskeard, on Sunday February 23.
The East Cornwall Hunt, which runs two meetings there each spring, decided it was better to call off the first meeting at this stage, because the ground was so wet that the team erecting fences and preparing the course, and contractors putting up tents and marquees, were unable to get onto the land.
At a hunt meeting Brian Macintosh, the assistant clerk of the course, said: “The state of the ground is not going to improve in time. It’s no good at all, as we don’t know how long this bad weather is going to last. Getting the fences up is simply impossible.”
Hunt master Graham Higgins said: “It’s important to cancel at this stage because entries will start coming in later this week.”
The Hunt Race – open only to members of the East Cornwall – which is always held at the first meeting, will be transferred to the second meeting, scheduled for March 30.