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Tribute paid to hunt fall victim

Duke of Beaufort's Hunt on 29 December
Mr Hall was a "highly respected member of the community"

Members of the Duke of Beaufort's Hunt have paid tribute to farmer David Hall who died after being thrown from his horse during a meet.

Mr Hall, 73, broke his neck while out with the hunt at Westonbirt near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, on Saturday.

Mr Hall, of Parks Farm, Badminton, was married with two grown up sons.

Captain Ian Farquhar, joint master of the Duke of Beaufort's Hunt, said: "David was a regular supporter of the hunt for as long as I can remember."

Prince Charles and sons William and Harry regularly join the Beaufort Hunt, which passes near the Highgrove estate, but were not taking part this Christmas.

"Huge loss"

Mr Hall was enjoying his 65th season with the hunt. His wife Helen, 64, said: "He was back to hunting twice a week after his heart operation. His ambition in life was to get back on a horse and he did that.

"He was so happy and had had a wonderful morning hunting before he died; that is what we are remembering."

It is believed he was thrown after his horse stopped suddenly at a fence during the hunt, with his son following behind him.

Hunt secretary Nigel Maidment said Mr Hall was a highly respected member of the community.

"He was so in tune with horses it was the last person you would expect it to happen to. It is a huge loss," he said.

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