A man for all seasons - draught legend David Cosby
As his 70th birthday approaches, draught legend Cosby shows no signs of slowing up
Most people will have thought about retiring from the hunting field by the time they reach 70, but not David Cosby.
Rarely has he missed a day in the country this season with the Shillelagh & District Hunt and judging by his enthusiasm of late, he has no intention of hanging up his boots anytime soon.
"He is just loved by everyone out hunting - he really is an amazing character," said one of his co-riders during a meet of the pack near Tally Ho Stud, where David was aboard his faithful Irish draught mare Minerva.
Sporting the Ballycreen prefix, which has now travelled the world with their home breds, Minerva is one of the latest additions to what has been a hugely successful line of horses that have given David and his wife Judith much joy as breeders for three decades.
One of Ireland's true gentlemen, David inherited the love for all equines through his parents, Ashworth and Enid Cosby. While living at Stradbally Hall, his mother was a successful breeder and astute judge of Welsh ponies. She was also a keen hunting enthusiast with the Queen's County Hounds in Laois (now Laois Foxhounds), as was his father, and it was here on the hunting field that Ashworth and Enid met in the 1930s.
"I clearly remember hunting also as a child along with my sister Anthea," David recalls. "My father was joint-master for a number of years, following in the footsteps of his own father and those before him. I believe the hounds may have been kennelled at Stradbally Hall at one point."
To this day, Stradbally Hall continues to have close ties with the hunt, as point-to-points and hunter trials are just a handful of the local equestrian events that take place there during the year. The 550ac estate is also home to the National Hound Show and the Riding Club Festival, as well as the hugely successful Electric Picnic.