huntinginyorkshireYorkshire has a very strong hunting community and one that is very proud of its heritage.  Since the hunting ban, hunting in Yorkshire has never been as popular as it is today.  Hunts always welcome newcomers and visitors and most Yorkshire hunts have reported an increase in member subscription and supporters since the ban came into place.

Whether you like the open moorland, countryside, the thrill of hedges and ditches, our hunting country has everything to offer.  All hunting in Yorkshire is now under the new control and guidance of trail hunting to scent.  Should you be interested in hunting with one of the famous Yorkshire packs it is well worth contacting them before hand to introduce yourself with any etiquette and dress code.

 

GETTING READY FOR THE HUNT

The younger you start hunting, the better, if you are a member of the pony club trying it is pretty easy.  Many branches have close links to their local pack.  It may also be a good idea to go and follow your hunt on foot first to get a feel of how it all works, this is a great idea to introduce yourself to everybody.  Practicing opening and closing of gates on horseback is a good idea, and make sure that your horse or pony is fit.  Once you think you are ready for the thrills and spills of a days hunting then contact your local hunt secretary, please see our link for to find your local hunting pack.  Some hunts do run days for newcomers.

Hunting in Yorkshire normally starts with pre-season hound exercise rides in late August and September which offers a good chance to meet the hunt and get your horse or pony used to being ridden in company.

 

WHAT DO I WEAR?

During early season, everyone wears “Rat-Catcher” a tweed hacking jacket with beige jodhpurs, a white shirt and dark-coloured tie.  If you are under 18 you can continue to wear this for the rest of the season.  You must wear a hard hat and your silk should be plain black, brown or blue depending on the colour of your jacket, girls should wear a hair net.  Your mount needs to wear brown or black tack and a dark or cream numnah under the saddle.  Some stables also offer hire lings, your local hunt should be able to advise about this.  Finally be aware that hunting may bring out a side of your horse or pony that you hadn’t seen before, horses love it just as much as their riders and you may need a martingale and stronger bit than you would normally use.

 

DOS AND DON’TS FOR FIRST-TIME HUNTERS

 

DO

  • Read the code of good hunting on the Masters of Foxhounds Association website
  • Get a riding lesson before you go
  • Put an energy-filled chocolate bar in your pocket

DON’T

  • Panic, hunting is fun not scary
  • Forget your mobile phone
  • Be surprised if you catch the bug

USEFUL CONTACTS

Finally, enjoy your day!

 

*(extract taken from Countryside Alliance Summer  magazine)

 

 

 
 

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  1. Amy Bettney says:

    On the 29th of December 2016 around 1300 hours my land and gardens in Cundall become infested with around 30+ hunting dogs, this caused great stress on my pets, one of those being a elderly Labrador who is currently very ill and now truamed. To add to this the gardens are now covered in mass amounts of excretion from these hounds. Any information would be greatly appreciated as this has really shaken us.

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