Patrick Darling

Patrick was born in Perth, Western Australia and raised in Northern Ireland.  He was educated at Harrow, Edinburgh University and at The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester where he was awarded the Silver Gilt Medal as the best potential farmer.

He served as an Officer in the 15th /19th The King’s Royal Hussars which became the Light Dragoons from 1981 to 1998 when he then moved to Sellack, near Ross-on-Wye where he now farms.  His Army Career included 2 tours of Bosnia once in Command of an independent Squadron during the civil War; and once as a Military advisor to Carl Bildt the former Swedish Prime Minister and High Representative of Bosnia straight after the war.  Most of the early part of his career was as part of the British Army of the Rhine in West Germany.  He also had an Operational tour to Northern Ireland, rode on attachment to The Cadre Noir in Saumur for a year, was a tank Gunnery instructor at Bovington, Adjutant of the Queens Own Yeomanry in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, attended the Army Staff College and finished his career working in the 1st Reconnaissance Brigade.

Patrick’s interests are wide and varied, he has been involved and supported a considerable variety of groups and organisations throughout the county of Herefordshire.  These include:

Churchwarden, St Tysilio’s Church, Sellack (1999 to present)

Site Director of The Herefordshire Country Fair (1999 to present). The Fair raises around £20,000 per annum for local charities. He was also Chairman 2005-08 and has hosted the event for three years at his home.  It will be held at Caradoc again this year (2014)

President of The Ross -on-Wye Angling Club (2004 to present)

Chairman of The Wye Salmon Fisheries Owners Association (2003 to 2013)

Member of the Navigation Advisory Committee for the River Wye (2005 to 2013)

Chairman of the Environment Agency Local Fishery Group – Wye (2003-12)

Trustee of the Wye and Usk Foundation (2003 to present)

Member of the Committee of the Wye Preservation Trust (2003 to present)

Deanery Synod (2000 – 2005 and 2013 to date)

Diosesan Synod (2003 – 2005)

Chairman of The Herefordshire Hunt Club (2005 to present)

Joint Master of The South Herefordshire Hunt  (2003 to present)

Chairman of the Harewood End Agricultural Society (2003 – 2004)

Appointed Deputy Lieutenant 2012.

He is also very supportive of the Pony Club and provides a venue for their two camps each year and numerous rallies.  Patrick is a member of the Institute of Agricultural Management, the Royal Forestry Society, the Country Land and Business Association, the National Farmers Union and the Hereford Cattle Society. His hobbies include sailing and shooting. He recently took part in The Cathedral Perpetual Funds highly successful Strictly Dancing Event. This raised in excess of £20,000 for the Cathedral. A video may be watched


He is honoured to be the High Sheriff of Herefordshire; following his father and grandfather who were both High Sheriffs of County Tyrone and his 2 Fathers in Law who were High Sheriffs of North Yorkshire and West Sussex.  He hopes to be able to use his year to raise the profile of Rural Crime policing and Prevention within the County.

Patrick has two daughters and was widowed in 2004. He announced his Engagement to Dido Windham on 30th January 2015.


Dido Windham. My fiancee.

Dido Windham. My fiancee.

On the 1st March 2015 the High Sheriff took part in a race at The South Herefordshire Hunt Point to Point to raise funds for the High Sheriff’s Fund having accepted a challenge from John Chinn of Cobrey Farms.  Both he and his daughter survived the experience and raised in excess of £4000 for the High Sheriff’s Fund.garnons


Bob Tabor hands over the reins to Patrick Darling.

Patrick and his two daughters, Dreda and Shaunagh above the Fish River Canyon in the Kalahari Desert.

Patrick and his two daughters, Dreda and Shaunagh above the Fish River Canyon in the Kalahari Desert.