True To The Line
True to the Line is Adrian Dangar’s recollections of his life at the sharp end of hunting, during which he was a Master and huntsman of three very different hunts in three unique regions of England – Dartmoor, North Yorkshire and Leicestershire. During this time, the author came into close contact with many fascinating characters that live and work in these beautiful landscapes. True to the Line portrays these rural lives alongside hunting, hounds and foxes, together with the challenges, frustrations and rewards of organising modern hunting in an illuminating and anecdotal style. This book not only covers his account as the first amateur huntsman of the Quorn in 80 years, but also his time as hunting correspondent, hound judge, conservationist and all-round countryman.
Accompanied by Daniel Crane’s charming pencil sketches.
Adrian Dangar became MFH and huntsman of the Spooners & West Dartmoor Hunt at the age of 24 where ran the kennels and country single handedly for 3 wonderful seasons. He was MFH to the Sinnington in North Yorkshire (twice) and only the second amateur huntsman in 300 years to be appointed MFH to the Quorn in Leicestershire.
As a writer, he contributes on a regular basis to Country Life, The Field, Horse & Hound and Trout & Salmon and has judged all the major hound shows in Britain, including the Peterborough Royal Fox Hound Show three times, the Australian Hound Show twice, and the Western Hunt Challenge in the USA. He is the founding owner and Managing Director of Wild and Exotic, a company specialising in riding safaris, fly fishing and tailor-made travel around the world. His favourite pastimes are hunting, the pursuit of woodcock and chasing salmon in remote streams on the West coast of Scotland.
Pictures courtesy of Jim Meads, Mark Egerton and the Author.