What you should know
- If you hack to the hunt, please avoid fields and culverts as you may be fouling a line. Keep to the side of the roads, watch for traffic and give them the right of way.
- Be ready to move off at the appointed time.
- Respect the land and the requests of all landowners. Ride on the edges of fields unless otherwise led by the Fieldmaster and keep off crops and new seed.
- Close all gates that you have found originally closed.
- Report any damage to your fieldmaster. If necessary, make temporary repairs.
- Ride SLOWLY past cattle, sheep or pastured horses.
- Do not litter the countryside.
- No smoking is permitted in the hunt field.
Drag hunting is a privilege and most importantly requires your attention to courtesies to our landowners. We hunt because of the generosity of the landowners. Their land, fences, and livestock must be respected. Lack of care by individuals can cause land to be closed to the hunt. A cheerful “Good Morning!” or ‘‘Thank You” as you pass across a property is never out of place. Whenever you get the chance, thank a landowner for letting you and the hunt ride across his or her land.
During the Hunt
- The huntsman and the hounds have the right of way of all times. DO NOT RIDE OVER OR INTERFERE WITH THE HOUNDS.
- If the huntsman or the hounds should need to pass you, GET OUT OF THE WAY AND TURN YOUR HORSE’S HEAD TOWARDS THE HOUNDS.
- Whippers-in have the right of way at all times.
- At checks, stay away from the huntsman and the hounds. If you would like to approach them, you must get permission from the fieldmaster.
- At the beginning of the hunt, you must decide which field you wish to ride with and you must STAY WITH THAT FIELD UNTIL THE END OF A LINE. If you wish to change fields, inform your fieldmaster at a check and inform the new fieldmaster that you will be riding with him or her for the next line.
- STAY UP WITH THE FIELD; do not lag behind unless you have a problem.
- If you must leave before the hunt is over, inform your fieldmaster, who will give you directions and appoint someone to accompany you. When hacking back to the trailers, use the roads and not hunt territory.
- Maintain a safe distance between you and the horse in front. Do not crowd at jumps; take your turn.
- If your horse kicks, you MUST put a red ribbon in the tail and ride at the rear of the field.
- If you hear the words “HOLD HARD”, pull up to a dead stop and do not move until your fieldmaster informs you that it is safe to do so.
- If a rider falls, generally only two people stay behind to assist the rider and possibly help catch the horse. Please inform the fieldmaster if you go home or there is a serious injury.
The hunt staff and field masters work hard to give the riders good sport, your thanks are always appreciated!