What hunt organization did you run with?
The facility I worked with had 200+ hounds and ran 50 of them at a time. They also did "hound walks" to keep the hounds fit, but never hunted them in the walks. We never did practice runs. Everytime the hounds hunted, they were expected to run something for hours. Their catch rate was pretty high.
On a side note (ETA:) they did have a large enclosure to train the upcoming pups. Just thought I'd add that.
In the hunts I worked with, things were chaotic in the "HOUNDS ARE OVER THERE, GO GO GO!!!" way. We never had to blow through the second or third field, they were guided by an experienced hunter and kept out of the way. I can understand if the hounds blasted through one of the fields, and the whipper ins had to blow after them. But usually, I almost never saw the third field except for if I saw them peeking over a hilltop.
I never had to mesh well with people since I was a trainer and didn't have to worry about social graces to get respect. I held a horn and a whip, and that was enough for people to respect me without having to claw my way from the bottom. But I do remember one time I picked up a whipper in horse because the rider fell and dislocated his shoulder. I was out of uniform and riding in the hunt as a stand-in, and NO ONE even looked at me or spoke to me. They presumed I was below their class because I was in normal attire and thought I was simply someone who hopped on a horse and followed the hunt out of curiosity, when in reality, I was subbing as an important role. I got a lot of appologies later after they found out, since they were acting so rude to a whipper in. I didn't care. I was focussed on the hounds.
SO...the club members do kind of look down on those who don't pay to be a part of the elite group, are new, or don't have the social graces (yet) to be accepted as part of the working hunt. Its almost like a clique, persay. There are different levels of superiority and you're expected to stay in your field, stay out of the way and spoke when spoken to. If you're not active in the hunting of the hounds, you're basically just a spectator. And then you have social levels of spectators. Since you're new, you're at the bottom and probably not spoken to or given much attention because of your status.
It will probably be chaotic for a good long time until they realize you're there to stay, and need to talk to you. You need to gain their respect. Do some reading and research before you attend the next hunt so you don't seem so clueless. You can bet a hunt will be chaotic and there are different levels of chaos based on how the hunt is run and by who.
If you attend the opening hunt, please research appropriate attire, rules and behavior. One little thing that you wouldn't presume as rude will definitely come off as rude to the hunt master if you approach it wrong.
A hunt without rules or proper technique is frowned upon...even the hound walks had certain rules and regulations. It all has to due with status in a hunt.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music