Monday June 26, 2017
Hunting

  Last updated 09/05/17

HUNTING WITH THE EASTON HARRIERS  

The Pony Club was founded by members of local Hunts for the benefit of their farmers’ and subscribers’ children, but hunting with dogs became illegal on 18th Febuary 2005.

As long as hunts act “within the law”, then The Pony Club continues to encourage those Members who wish to take part, to do so.

However the personal liability insurance cover provided by Membership of The Pony Club would be invalidated should they decide to hunt illegally.

As long as hunts act “within the law”, then The Pony Club continues to encourage those Members who wish to take part, to do so.

However the personal liability insurance cover provided by Membership of The Pony Club would be invalidated should they decide to hunt illegally.

at Middle Barn Farm, Bawdsey by kind permission of Mr & Mrs A Mann

Move off time is 9am so get there in plenty of time to park and get ready.
Post Code is IP12 4AW
Breakfast will be available afterwards, usually £5/hd
Any queries, please contact me on 01473 735296 and don’t forget the hunt kennels meeting on Monday at 3pm.

If you would like to hunt on any day with the Harriers and do not attend regularly, please contact the Secretary, Sue Bell suebell1@hotmail.com , in advance to ensure that the day is suitable for children, what time the meet is, where to park, how much it will cost etc . Some days will include a separate field for children and nervous/novice adults.

In all cases, please have a note in your pocket giving your personal details – name, address and an emergency contact telephone number, as well as the name of person responsible for you on the day.  It is not possible for any Pony Club member to be left alone in the field without a mounted parent or other adult nominated to be in charge of them.

It is a good idea to arrive at least ½ hour before the advertised ‘meet’ time ie 11am for an 11.30 move off, to give you time to park up,  introduce yourself to the Secretary/Fieldmaster, pay your cap, find your gloves and maybe have some refreshments before getting on board!

Bring your pony tacked up as they can be very difficult to tack up if they are excited by the hounds and there is nothing more frustrating than trying to get ready when some people are already on board.

WHAT TO WEAR/BRING:

PONY –

He should be clean and tidy, mane plaited or neatly pulled. (Strictly speaking you should plait if you wear a blue or black jacket, and not plait if wearing tweed or ‘ratcatcher’)

Tack should be clean and fit well.  It is a good idea to increase your bitting power as ponies are stronger than normal out hunting. A drop or flash noseband is also a good idea.

Wear a neck strap for holding onto over ditches.

If your pony hasn’t been out before, please put a green ribbon on his tail.

If he is known to kick, please put a red ribbon on this tail and keep him toward to back of the field and certainly away from the hounds.

You will need to bring a sweat rug and a warm rug for the way home. Some people wash off their ponies with warm water before heading home, which makes cleaning them later much easier.

Bring plenty of water washing off and drinking, and a haynet.

RIDER –

You will need to wear beige/lemon jodhpurs with tights underneath if it’s really cold.

A shirt with tie or stock and stock pin.

A warm jacket either tweed or black/blue, with another layer underneath if there’s room.

Boots/jodhpur boots with ½ chaps or gaiters.

Crash hat with blue/black/brown hat cover – avoid hats with fixed peaks.

Don’t forget your gloves!

Carry a stick or hunting whip.

IN YOUR POCKET –

Your field money (currently £10 for the children’s meets and £20 for any other day)

Card with your personal details and the emergency contact telephone numbers

Mobile phone

Sweets/cereal bar if you can fit it in!

TOP TIPS –

Always say ‘Good Morning’ when you arrive and ‘Good Night’ before you leave, regardless of the time of day.

Always let regular members of the field go in front of you and do as the Field Master tells you.

Keep off cropped fields.

Keep single file if told to do so.

Always thank passing cars and say ‘Good Morning’ to everyone you see on foot – it may be the landowner who has kindly let us ride across his land!

Always face your pony towards the hounds and any passing hunt servants.

Watch the hounds working where possible – it’s fascinating and you will learn what they are doing and eventually be able to tell them apart!  Try to keep quiet while the hounds are working nearby – they need to concentrate!

If you don’t understand something, ask an adult.  Above all, enjoy yourself. It’s fun!

Pony Club Hunting Certificate

Did you know that there was a Pony Club hunting certificate? It is designed to give you enough knowledge and experience of hunting to go out unaccompanied and the hunt are keen for members to take it.  It’s not difficult and if you have been out hunting then you have already gained part of the qualification! You can find out what you have to do to gain your certificate from the main Pony Club website. http://www.pcuk.org/index.php/tests_and_achievements/efficiency_tests/hunting_certificate/

To help you work towards your certificate  a session at the kennels has been arranged. You can go to meet the huntsman, Richard Mould,  at the Easton Harriers kennels in Easton at 10am on February 16th (the Thursday of half-term). If you would like to attend, please contact Julia Taylor on 01473 735296.