Tumblers & Sinners Club

Images 2017-18


Here we go again, the 2017-18 hunting season is about to be in full swing with the Opening Meet which means the MSSH Tumblers Club will be in action with the addition of fines for ‘Sinners’.

The, now renamed, Tumblers and Sinners Club is an exclusive one, only for those who have hit the ground involuntarily while in pursuit; all taken in good spirit and for an excellent organisation. There’s no shame in hitting the deck - it happens to everyone, and can be the just reward for the ‘Thruster’ - it’s just a part of the game and often entertaining!

Sinners will have fines imposed for failure to comply with our DOs & DON’Ts – £5 a ‘sin’ - e.g.:
  • Bad Parking (including car followers!!)
  • Shirking gate shutting duties
  • Leaving gates open 
  • Not reporting broken rails/fences etc
  • Not repairing walls
  • Poor turnout – including facial hair! OR Late at the Meet without a good reason
Alex Moore is ‘chief monitor’ and fund collector and has an eager team of spies out on all days who will have their beady eyes out for any ‘mud gatherers’ or ‘sinners’. Honesty is the best policy so ‘fess up’ before you get reported! Top tip from Alex - “carry £5 in your coat pocket and you’re more likely to stay in the saddle”.

The tariff is £5/fall (unseated or horse/pony or rider fall) or ‘sin’ - pretty reasonable compared to other hunts at £10. There is the option of buying ‘insurance’ for this season. It costs of £30, to be paid up front, and covers you for all falls and ‘sins’ through the 2017-18 season. Any fallers visiting A&E will be exempt from a payment.

God forbid any of us end up in the Air Ambulance but please be honest when you do fall as you never know when we might need them.

At the End of Season Party there will be prizes awarded for the following:
  • Top Tumbler (most amount of falls) 
  • Young Tumbler of the year
  • Best description of Tumble
  • Best image/images of Tumble
  • Worst ‘Sinner’ or ‘Sin’
We look forward to seeing you all out for some good sport over the coming months.

Many thanks - MSSH Tumblers and Sinners Club – Supporting


Here is Alex Moore, the main organiser of the Tumblers Club, presenting a cheque to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance at the Point to Point at Garthorpe. Tumblers Club funds from 2016-17 were topped up from Hunt Ball proceeds. Thank you all for your contributions!

A message from DLRAA "thank you again for supporting the DLRAA. A massive thank you to the tumblers club for the incredible £1000 donation, it’s so greatly appreciated.

On the day we also managed to have great success raising £400.70 on the gates. The Melton Mowbray Young Farmers members loved collecting the money and had some really great feedback from people on the way out about enjoying their day"

The fine is £5 a fall (horse and/or rider) which is all donated to Air Ambulance. The tumblers club is an exclusive society, only for those who have hit the ground involuntarily while in pursuit.  All taken in good spirit for an excellent organisation.  There is is no shame in hitting the deck - it happens to everyone, often the ones that are daring - it’s just a part of the game and often entertaining!

Alex Moore – 07557 234905 AlexM@jupitermarketingltd.com- is ‘chief monitor’ and fund collector.  Details of the falls that have been reported since opening meet are shown - if someone has parted company with their horse and it's not recorded below, or they’ve tried to keep it quiet; please do the decent thing!  On this occasion we welcome snitches so make sure you report back either to Louise Moore or to Alex.  Make it as colourful as you like and there will be a prize for the best fall and for the best description at the end of the season.  If anyone has photographic evidence, please share with Alex.  Happy hunting and softlandings!  Presentations will be made at the Roughing Off Party at the end of the season.

Awards 2016-17

  1. Champion Tumbler – Stephen Palmer with 6 falls. He had 6 falls up to Boxing Day and despite not falling since he has remained at the top of the league
  2. Runner Up Tumbler - Kieron Lomax with 5 falls. Kieron had a fall early on at the final meet and was a bit worried because he wanted to “keep one in the bag for going across Boothay” – luckily he sat tight so stayed on 5 falls
  3. Young Tumbler of the Year - Jemima Blunt had two falls in one day at Dunstall, on the second fall her pony pecked on landing after jumping their biggest ever jump. She remounted and jumped it again. Big thumbs up!! 
  4. Best description of a tumble – goes to Phil Colquhoun for his description of Johnny Froggatt’s tumble – “Johnny missed a day off school as he was rather too ill to go. He then hosted the Meet with his Grandfather, while his father disappeared shooting. Johnny, being a daring jockey, attacked every jump that was to be had, unfortunately failed at his own tiger trap... He then got picked up and jumped on Phil Colquhoun's horse with him while they then rode off to find his pony - a memorable fall!
  5. Tumble – Best sequence of images – Dag Albert. Erica Byrne took loads of photos and said "Dag was trying desperately hard to avoid being decanted into the pool – and very nearly made it to dry ground but not quite! We all watched in amazement."

To see all tumblers and the League Table, scroll to the end of the spreadsheet below:

Paid upfront:
Richard Parrott  £5
Chrissy Blunt £5