RIDING AS A GUEST OR “CAPPING”

Would you like to come ride with us but you are not quite sure what to expect?

Riding as a guest or “capping” gives you an opportunity to try the OVH's cross-country rides or hunting to decide if this is something you and your horse would like to do! Valid for one year, you can purchase up to 3 caps per year. If you fall in love and want to become a member, we will deduct your capping fees from the membership fee.

Capping in the spring and summer

In the spring and summer we organize cross-country rides in our home territory around Ashton/Almonte and trail rides in other exciting locations like Constance Bay and Larose Forest. The OVH cross-country rides are perfect for training, conditioning, and schooling. Jumps are available but optional. Groups of up to 10 riders wanting to ride at a similar pace are lead by a capable fieldmaster and leave 15 minutes apart.

The spring/summer cost to cap is as below:

Intermediates & seniors

19 years of age and up

$50.00 (incl HST)

Juniors

5 – 18 years of age

$25.00 (incl HST)

Capping in the fall

In the fall we hunt on Wednesdays and Saturdays (and Thanksgiving Day) and the cost to cap is as below:

Intermediates & seniors

19 years of age and up

$75.00 (incl HST)

Juniors

5 – 18 years of age

$25.00 (incl HST)

  • Capping is limited to 3 times in the fall season
  • Package of 3 caps (can be shared) $200.00 (incl. HST)
  • Package of 6 caps (must be shared) $360.00 (incl. HST)
  • How good a rider do I have to be?

    As a general rule you and your horse should be comfortable riding outdoors with a group of horses. Depending on your and your horse’s experience, you should choose which field you would feel most comfortable riding with. To allow different levels of riders to enjoy cross-country rides and hunting, we provide three fields:

    First field

    First field is the fastest field and usually suitable for more experienced riders and horses.


    When we hunt, the first field follows the Huntsman and hounds closely and is expected to jump, although there is a way around most jumps. 

    Second field

    The second field travels at a more modest pace and jumping is always optional.

    Third field

    The third field is for less experienced riders and/or horses and travels at a slower pace with no jumping permitted.

    Coach’s cap

    We also offer a “coaches cap” which allows coaches to hunt with us at no cost when accompanied by one or more students! This would be a great way to help your students build their confidence and really experience the joy of riding cross country.

    How long do we ride?

    Our spring/summertime home territory cross-country rides and visiting trail rides offer about 1.5 - 2.5 hours of activity (10 - 15 km). See first-field videos of June 2020 cross-country rides: June 6, June 13, June 20


    Our fall hunts take 2 – 3 hours. If possible, our fall hunts are followed by a wonderful member-hosted dinner (known as a greenbox) at the clubhouse.

    What if I need to change fields or I want to leave?

    If you are not comfortable with the field you are in (maybe it is too fast or too slow) or if your horse is misbehaving, you are permitted to change fields (with the permission of the fieldmaster) at the next check. If you feel the need to leave the hunt (perhaps because your horse has lost a shoe or is misbehaving) advise your fieldmaster, who will make sure you are accompanied back to your trailer.

    Process
    1. 1
      Spring/summer: Email secretary@ottawavalleyhunt.com to arrange to cap at one of our cross-country rides or to join us on a trail ride. Fall: Email masters@ottawavalleyhunt.com to hunt with us.
    2. 2
      Dress code is casual for the OVH cross-country rides and trail rides. For hunting, check out the OVH hunt etiquette
    3. 3
      Fill out a capping form including a waiver and bring it with you on the day with your hard hat with harness and riding boots
    4. 4
      Your capping fee can be paid by e-transfer (purchases@ottawavalleyhunt.com, no password required), a cheque (made out to the Ottawa Valley Hunt) or cash on the hunt day. You can also pay by credit card using the PayPal button below.

    OVH Capping Fees