Originally Posted by maura
So the hunt has evolved and offered more for the avocational rider - group trail rides where hunting conventions are introduced, educational clinics, junior hunts, more opportunities for members to work in the kennels, etc. and of course, more social events.
There is a place in Virginia called Hunter's Rest. And twice a year, sometimes more, they hold a ladies foxhunting clinic weekend. It's basically a nice little 3-day weekend that introduces women to foxhunting, and includes group dinners, tack shopping outings, hunting on foot with bassetts, along with the actual foxhunt and how to dress for it. They also have proven hunters for hire. And they include all riding levels from car following to hilltoppers and the various flights.
It's a very popular event, and one that I hope to attend soon. I just wish one of the local hunts here would host something similar.
As a rider, I don't have big dreams of seriously competing at A/AA shows or anything like that. But foxhunting has always appealed to me. The tradition, the manners, the horses and hounds ...
Originally Posted by MudPaint
Reaching out to your local organized riding clubs is a great way to get interest from riders who may not have felt it was an option for them or knew how to get involved.
This may sound silly, but hunts feel so private and out of reach that even contacting someone within the club about coming out (even just to watch) seems awkward and a little daunting. Some hunts have great sites with loads of information, some have none at all.