3rd June 1924
The True Hunting Farmer
Tom Clifford, was born at Oddington in the Heythrop Country on the 3rd of June 1924 and is one of the finest examples of hunting farmers still left today. Over the years he has combined the hard physical work of livestock farming with the pleasures that hunting brings. The famous Jack Lawrence was hunting the Heythrop Hounds at the time of Tom’s birth, with Colonel Brassey becoming Master the following season. Although through a lot of hard work and dedication the Heythrop is still a four day a week country, it was in many ways very much easier then for those at the sharp end to show good sport. Even with no alternative means of transportation for either horses or hounds, long hacks at the beginning and end of each day certainly did nothing to put the young Tom Clifford off this pastime.
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