Lady Violet Manners, 25, blasts ‘despicable’ anti-hunt campaigners
Lady Violet Manners, 25, claims ‘despicable’ anti-hunt saboteurs set upon her group and tried to ‘KICK the hounds’ during a meet near her family’s Belvoir estate
- Lady Violet Manners, 25, has slammed anti-hunt campaigners on social media
- The society beauty claimed the masked critics harassed her group with horns
- Alleged they attempted to kick the hounds in an impassioned Instagram post
- She took part in the hunt on her family’s Belvoir estate in Leicestershire
Socialite Lady Violet Manners claimed a group of ‘violent’ hunt saboteurs terrorised her group during a meet near her family’s Leicestershire estate.
Writing on Instagram, the 25-year-old described how the campaigners ‘blew horns’ to confuse the hounds and tore across the fields dressed in black balaclavas.
‘Then followed the screaming and shouting at the hounds, with even attempts to kick them [the hounds],’ her impassioned post continued. ‘It was utterly despicable.’
Taking a stand: Socialite Lady Violet Manners, 25, claimed a group of ‘violent’ hunt saboteurs terrorised her group during a meet near her family’s estate in Leicestershire. She shared the post alongside a photo of herself in riding gear on a horse named Fiddler, pictured
Speaking out: Lady Violet, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, was riding with the Belvoir Hunt and described the alleged harassment they encountered from hunt saboteurs
Lady Violet, the eldest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, was riding with the Belvoir Hunt, which is linked to her family seat of Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire.
The model shared the Instagram post alongside a photo of herself in riding gear on a horse named Fiddler.
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She wrote how she was ‘extremely proud’ to be back in the saddle with the Belvoir Hunt, which has been in operation for more than 350 years.
After condemning the saboteurs, she praised the rest of the hunt for not rising to the alleged confrontation, adding: ‘The people on the field on horse back behaved impeccably – not reacting, walking away and ignoring these thugs.’
Society beauty: Lady Violet, the eldest of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland’s five children, is regularly seen at the hottest events. Pictured, at the Serpentine Summer Party in June
The Belvoir Hunt made headlines earlier this year when two of its employees, George Grant and his son Thomas Grant, were sentenced for attacking former policeman Darryl Cunnington as he monitored the hunt in March 2016.
The League Against Cruel Sports investigator Mr Cunnington, who had served with Leicestershire Police for 29 years, suffered a broken vertebrae in his neck after being pushed off a ledge.
He had to wear a neck collar for about seven weeks after the assault.
Country pile: Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire, pictured is the family home of the Duke of Rutland, his estranged wife the Duchess of Rutland, and their five children, Lady Violet, Lady Alice, 23, Lady Eliza, 21, Charles, Marquess of Granby, 19, and Lord Hugo, 15
Among those who showed their support for the Grants was Lady Sarah McCorquodale, sister of Princess Diana, who is joint master of the Hunt.
Grant and his son admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Cunnington and causing actual bodily harm to Mr Swain. The pair also pleaded guilty to the theft of Mr Swain’s video camera and damaging a digital memory card.
Grant and his son were both given 16-month prison sentences, suspended for two years.
Belvoir Castle is the family home of the Duke of Rutland, his estranged wife the Duchess of Rutland, and their five children, Lady Violet, Lady Alice, 23, Lady Eliza, 21, Charles, Marquess of Granby, 19, and Lord Hugo, 15.
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