Winning tumble

The Countryside Alliance has revealed the winner for the Tumblers’ Club competition – and it’s a cracker!

WINNER - Sam Matthews_photographer Ella Meadows

Sam hit the deck whilst traversing a large drainage ditch at the joint meet of the Weston & Banwell Harriers and the Taunton Vale Harriers, on 14 December 2014.

Chosen from hundred of photos sent in, Ella Meadows’ picture of Sam Matthews epic topple was judged best fall of the 2014-2015 season. They both win a magnum of champagne and a crystal tankard.

Sam hit the deck whilst traversing a large drainage ditch at the joint meet of the Weston & Banwell Harriers and the Taunton Vale Harriers, on 14 December 2014.

He spoke about the fall: “I’m an amateur whip with the Taunton Vale and was riding Banjo, a horse belonging to our joint-master Debbie Banwell. I might have been showing off a bit and when I was told the rhyne was a difficult jump I thought I’d give it a go. As you can see I took the bridle with me and from then on it’s a bit of a blur!”

Take a look at the runners-up – there wasn’t much between them, and the judges (Paul Graham from Pol Roger, Ali Henton from The Field magazine, hunting supporter Harry Meade and the Countryside Alliance’s Henrietta Rutgers) had a very tricky time deciding on who should take first place.

Second place: Photographer Nollaig Hurley, Tumbler Colum O’Brien – Kingdom Hunt Club, Co. Kerry.

Second place: Photographer Nollaig Hurley, Tumbler Colum O’Brien – Kingdom Hunt Club, Co. Kerry.

Third place; Photographer Paul Buddin, Tumbler Edward Carter – Bicester with Whaddon Chase country.

Third place; Photographer Paul Buddin, Tumbler Edward Carter – Bicester with Whaddon Chase country.

Highly Commended; Photographer Adrian Cherry, Tumblers David Cross and David Gilmore.

Highly Commended; Photographer Adrian Cherry, Tumblers David Cross and David Gilmore.

Highly Commended; Photographer Graham Dixon, Tumbler Roger Nixon.

Highly Commended; Photographer Graham Dixon, Tumbler Roger Nixon.

The competition will now be an annual event, so make sure you have your cameras at the ready for the 2015/16 season.

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