THE Horse and Jockey Hotel was the venue chosen for the seminar hosted by the Irish Masters of Foxhounds Association last Thursday and it tackled the challenges facing rural life and hunting in particular in these vegan-oriented times.

A more fitting and appropriate venue it would be hard to find for a hunt function. Located near Cashel in the heart of Co Tipperary, it is a hotel which prides itself on its racing connections. All its meeting rooms are named after the great champions of the past with the Arkle suite closely followed by similar meeting rooms such as the Winning Fair and Istabraq. The bar has really historic hunt pictures way back to the 1930s including a meet of the long defunct Thurles and Kilshane Harriers at the pub.