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Hunted Stacey is a real foxy lady

Foxy enthusiasts: Mock fox hunt at Leisure Lakes Equestrian Centre starring Stacey Roscow as the fox who outruns Sophie Edge on Primrose. Pictures: Neil Cross

Foxy enthusiasts: Mock fox hunt at Leisure Lakes Equestrian Centre starring Stacey Roscow as the fox who outruns Sophie Edge on Primrose. Pictures: Neil Cross

Racing across fields while being chased by horses isn’t how most people would choose to spend New Year’s Day.

But one foxy enthusiast chose to do just that – at a mock hunt at a Lancashire equestrian centre.

Stacey Roscow donned a full fox costume and “legged it” from a group of horses across a 300-acre site.

She said she could feel the ground shaking as the animals ran towards her, but described it as “exhilarating”.

Stacey, who is a manager of the equestrian centre at Leisure Lakes in Tarleton, said: “It’s something we started last year and we do it on Boxing Day.

“We were packed this year, so we decided to do a New Year’s Day one.”

She said people could bring their own horses, or hire one from the riding school.

She said: “I introduced myself as a fox to them all, and the hunt master led the ride out.”

Stacey said she “popped up” in different places, then someone would shout “fox” and the group chased her.

She said: “I just dart off, maybe across a field through a hedge, and have my car waiting there.

“There is one certain field where I thought they were going to catch me, but there’s a gap in the hedge and I can hide.

“It is really good fun – everybody enjoys themselves.”

The mock hunt lasted for about two hours, with a 10-minute break after about 50 minutes.

Stacey said: “Right at the end, we bring them back to the home field and I stand in the middle of the field.

“Then I just turn around and leg it and they come galloping full pelt and catch me.

“On Boxing Day there were 35 horses chasing me for the last run – you can actually feel the ground shaking. It’s exhilarating.

“You aren’t going to get trampled - horses aren’t stupid.”

Stacey said she hoped the mock hunt would go ahead every year.

She said: “It’s good fun. We will do it every year definitely.

“Even when the weather is bad we will always go ahead - wet, rain or shine you can ride horses in any weather.”

 

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