The Mastership

The Thurlow Hunt is overseen and managed by four Joint Masters.

Robin Vestey MFH, Joint MasterRobin Vestey MFH, Joint Master

Robin Vestey joined the Mastership in 2000. He is the youngest son of the late Mr & Mrs Edmund Vestey, both formerly Masters of Foxhounds, so it’s in the genes! As a keen hound man and hound show judge, Robin is closely involved in the Thurlow hound breeding programme along with his wife and co-Master Victoria Vestey. Formerly a Field Master, Robin now concentrates on trail laying and assisting with hounds. He is also East Anglia’s representative on the MFHA Committee.

 


Victoria Vestey MFH, Joint Master

Vick Vestey joined the Mastership in 2008. A daunting task when considering her riding career only commenced ten years earlier. Vick Field Masters with great authority and confidence although she can be heard occasionally saying her prayers over some of the bigger hedges! Vick represented the Thurlow Hunt in the Countryside Alliance’s Race for Repeal at Newmarket’s July Course. Vick was overwhelmed by the support she received both on the day and in donations. Her participation raised a phenomenal amount of money and she was very touched by everyone’s generosity.

 

Rowley Fenwick MFH, Joint Master

Rowley Fenwick MFH, Joint Master

Rowley Fenwick joined the Mastership in 1997. Born and bred in Thurlow Country and from a keen hunting family, he farms areas of the land we hunt over. Rowley shares Field Mastering duties with Victoria Vestey and enjoys his jumping.  He didn’t represent the Pony Club at Show Jumping in South Africa for nothing! Rowley is also Chairman of the Point to Point Committee.

 

 

Mel Brooks

Melanie Brooks MFH, Joint Master

Melanie Brooks joined the Mastership in 2018. Mel’s first recollection of hunting is waiting at the front gate on Silver her pony and joining in with the Suffolk foxhounds as they passed, aged 11, she would often by found right up at the front or sometimes lucky enough to be taken on point with David Claydon. Before starting her own livery yard with hunters and pointers, Mel’s early career saw her working for David Claydon and Gordon King, where she was qualifying pointers out with both the Suffolk Hunt and The Thurlow Hunt and regularly placed point to pointing.

Mr and Mrs Nigel Peel, MFH, Joint Masters

Nigel and Sophia joined the Mastership in 2018 having been joint Masters of the North Cotswold for 30 seasons. Their lives and careers have been dedicated to hunting and they bring with them a wealth of hunting experience and knowledge. They have a small farm in the Cotswold hills where they have horses and a flock of pedigree Jacob sheep. They both much look forward to joining the Thurlow Mastership and hope to do all they can to further the progress and good name of the hounds.