The judges, Mr Jack Molyneus and Mrs F W B Smyth, sit in the rain on the roof of the Drill Hall, Torrington, on Thursday evening of last week, where they listened through an open skylight to competitors in the hunting horn blowing contest at Torrington Farmers’ Hunt Ball.
The event was won by Mr A Harris, huntsman to the South Devon Foxhounds, for the second year in succession, and he thus wins the cup outright.
Mr Tom Bunch was second and Mr Frank Heal, third. The eight competitors included one woman, Miss Sarah-Jane Slade, who blew one short blast and then retired. The competitors were tested on three calls and at the conclusion they sounded a fanfare. The prizes were presented by Mrs R D D Birdwood, wife of the chairman of the hunt, Lieut-Col R D D Birdwood.
There was a large attendance at the ball. Mr C Quick was the Mc and organiser of the dance with a committee.
Lucky numbers for gifts kindly donated were announced during the evening: F Stevens; R V Pope; Mrs Irwin; C A Squire; R G Sussex; Margaret Hookway; and G White.
The Gazette article is dated 8 December 1950