Attire & Etiquette

What to wear on Formal Hunt Days


Helmet: ASTM-approved black velvet helmet, with the bows in back pointing up (unless you’re a member of the staff). Long hair should be pinned up in a bun or tucked into your helmet with a hairnet. Coat: Black three button hunt coats (two buttons on each cuff) is correct. Shirt: White, long-sleeved shirt, tucked in. Stock tie: A plain white stock tie should be fastened with a plain, gold pin. Vest: A canary yellow vest (may waive vest in hot weather). Breeches: Tan, buff, or canary breeches. Masters and red coats may wear white breeches. Boots: Black leather dress boots are traditional (field boots with laces are also permited). Belt: Belt should be black and shirt should be tucked in. Leather belts are advised, as they can be substituted as a rein or stirrup leather if needed. Gloves: Gloves may be black, tan, or knit.




What to wear on "Ratcatcher" Hunt days


Helmet: An ASTM-approved helmet can be black or brown. Long hair should be pinned up in a bun or tucked into your helmet with a hairnet. Coat: Tweed (in many patterns) and muted earth tone coats are acceptable for informal hunts and cubbing or autumn hunting. Shirt: A light-colored, collared shirt with sleeves, or an Oxford shirt with a neck tie. Stock tie: for informal hunts any color (except white) or plaid or patterned is alright, fastened with a horizontal stock pin. Stock ties may be decorative, other jewelry is discouraged. Vest: Vests are optional but can be canary yellow, tattersall, plaid, or patterned. Breeches: Tan, buff, gray, or rust. Boots: Black or brown dress or field boots. Belt: Belt should match the boots and shirt should be tucked in. Leather belts are advised, as they can be substituted as a rein or stirrup leather if needed. Gloves: Black leather, brown leather, or string gloves.




What should I do as a visitor at the hunt?


Please register for capping via the website prior to arriving and plan to arrive early before the hunt is scheduled to start (mounted at least 15 minutes prior to moving off). Riders and guests who are capping must check-in with the Field Secretary (Linda Hickey). When the huntsman presents the hounds, please listen to the Masters’ introduction/opening comments for information specific to that day. This is the time we will be sharing assignments of the Field Masters, route for the day, and important additional information. Make sure to introduce yourself to the Masters and other members so that we may welcome you! And don't forget to have fun!




What are the different flights available?


First flight: must jump all the fences. Allow space between horses for safety reasons. If your horse refuses a jump, immediately move away and allow others to pass and jump. If you wish to make a second attempt to jump the fences, wait until all the other first flight horses have passed. Second Flight: Second flight is a non-jumping field that will go the speed of first flight. The field master will lead riders through gaps and avoid the jumps. This field is designed to provide riders with the opportunity to view hounds at a fast pace. Third Flight: known as “Hilltoppers”, is a non-jumping field that moves at a slower pace and often takes a different route allowing riders to watch the hounds work and first flight riders navigate the jumps.