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    04-28-2012, 08:58 AM
  #1
Weanling
Anyone do Foxhunting?

I'm wondering if anyone else on here does any foxhunting / drag hunting and a bit about your group. Our group is slowly getting very low in numbers and just wondering how your's keep it going and apealing to the public and other riders. I would love to suggest some fresh idea's to our masters and hopfully get it back on track. Even I have even stoped going in the past few years.....

I love the foxhunting but I have very mixed emotions about it, please no animal rights things... I'm well aware of whats going on .....
     
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    04-28-2012, 09:08 AM
  #2
Banned
I haven't been hunting in years, sad to say, but still participate in some of our local hunt's other events, the hunter pace, hunter trials, Pony Club horse trials, etc.

Live hunting is still alive and well in my part of Virginia, actually it's alive and well through most of the SE United States. It's an old joke that the safest place for a fox in this area is 100 yards ahead of the hounds.

30 years ago members of the hunt were more hard core foxhunters - 1 or 2 horses devoted soley to hunting, and they hunted 2 - 3 times a week, usually hiring someone like me to keep the horses legged up and clipped.

I think that now the hunt has a much smaller first flight, and more folks in the 2nd flight and hilltoppers. Not as many people can afford the time or money to really maintain fit hunting horses.

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.

HTH
     
    04-29-2012, 10:23 PM
  #3
Weanling
I started hunting in the last two years thanks to Pony Club. A local hunt club invited our region's kids along with a few years back and now I'm their "adult" supervision.

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. Other than an occasional invite when I was a junior rider, I would not have known how to even make contact with a hunt club.
     
    04-29-2012, 10:57 PM
  #4
Foal
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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.
HTH
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 ...

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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.
Yes!

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.
     
    04-30-2012, 08:45 AM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Opus    


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.

I couldn't agree more! Even though the hunt that invited us... formally invited us, when I went online to find out if there was a specific time we needed to be there or any other info, there was nothing helpful. Once we were there, they included us like any other members, offered us their washracks and all. We were way early and had the privilege of a full tour of the kennels and other facilities.

Opus- when is this clinic? VA can be a bit of a drive, but it sounds amazing. It would be fun to attend.
     
    04-30-2012, 09:03 AM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by maura    
It's an old joke that the safest place for a fox in this area is 100 yards ahead of the hounds.
HTH

100% AGREE!!! I've seen the fox run ahead of the hounds, do a 180 and run right past them again

It is sometimes hard to reach out to other riders is very hard because our hunting club is affiliated(sp?) with a very luxurious country club. And right away ( even myself ) thought "omg should I be here?" and riding in it is invited only. Is it like that with other clubs? Also with the live hunts it put a lot of people off. Do any of your clubs do a mix of both or just one or the other?

Holding a women's clinic is an AMAZING idea!!! Wow and adding the shopping into it would get anyone woman excited! I may have to borrow your idea and put it into a suggestion? Do you have any other information? When I suggest things I want to be 120% prepaired. I am only 22 and the youngest person there, they are very set in their ways but its dying down and need some new idea's to spread the word that this city even has a hunt club.

At one point they would have over 120 riders there on EVERY hunt ( weekends and weekdays ).. Now.. maybe 4 on weekdays and 10 max on weekends.
     
    04-30-2012, 09:18 AM
  #7
Banned
Hunts vary a lot in their appearance of snobbishness.

The one I joined is very casual and it is very easy to get an invitation to join. Making the acquaintance of a member is often more than enough.

Plenty of open activities (hunter paces, etc) open to the public to facilitiate introductions and the like.

Having killed plenty of game and vermin with firearms, the thought of a fox being caught by the hounds doesn't faze me in the least. That said, my hunt's aim is to chase, not to kill and hounds are called off once the fox is gone to ground.
     
    05-01-2012, 09:30 AM
  #8
Trained
I used to be a member of a live hunt, but I can't afford it right now, so I just cap. The hunt I ride with appears to be very snobby, because its very formal, but really everyone is so nice ! I agree with the website thing though, I don't see how you could get any information unless you are a member !

'my' hunt was at midwest horse fair if anyone was there !
     
    05-01-2012, 09:56 AM
  #9
Banned
Love the idea of the women's weekend clinic.

Any type of educational clinics is great too.

No one wants to commit a hunting faux pas like passing the Masters or leaving early and crossing a line, and the fear of doing something wrong keeps people from coming out. Mock hunts, and clinics where you simulate hunting conditions in an informal setting are terrific ways to get new members interested.

Without a hunting mentor, showing up at you first hunt, formally dressed and with a horse new to hunting is just too daunting and intimidating.
     
    05-01-2012, 11:35 AM
  #10
Super Moderator
I love foxhunting and have been a colored member of two hunts. This winter I plan to join Red Mountain Hounds in my area. It is a very "unsnobby" hunt even though they do things very correctly. I have capped with them over the years and the limited number of allowed cappings is not enough hunting for me.

Red Mountain has a much cheaper "social membership". It allows three hunts and three caps. And, you can participate in all other events. If you have limited time to hunt (like me) and limited money, it is a great way to go until you decide to dig deeper into the hunting.



This photo was at a midweek informal hunt. Yes, the standing is too short. I was riding another member's horse who was a known nasty bucker on runs and I was going to try to "iron" her out. The horse decided bucking was not in her best interest. The owner no longer feels the need to use the martingale.
     

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