Sunday December 17, 2017
Hunting with the Quorn

HUNTING WITH THE QUORN

All QHPC members are welcome to go Autumn Hunting with the Quorn Hunt at a cost of £10. Anyone wanting details of meets etc, please send mobile number to Sue Henton, who will ensure that you receive details of future dates and venues.
The Quorn Hunt are also planning some fun rides on Saturdays and some other days, cost £15 including refreshments. For details of these, send your mobile number to Sue Henton.
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Hunting Information 2016/2017

The Masters are Mr Joss Hanbury, Mrs Jo Jewell, Mr James Mossman and Mrs Liz Murfitt.

The Huntsman is Peter Collins and the First Whipper-In is Elliot Stokes.
This season Hunt tickets can be purchased from Mr Frank Herrick (Hunt Secretary) Tel 01664 813661, 01162 595530 or Email secretary.qh@qh-mail.co.uk or take the cash with you in an envelope with your name and contact details to the meet. Any members wishing to hunt must contact Mr Herrick to book in.

Autumn Hunting

As from 1st October to the Opening Meet the caps will be 5 years and under £5, 6-15 years £10, 16-21 years £20.

Hunting

The price per day for Pony Club members is 5 years & under £5, 6-10 years £15, 11–15 years £20, 16–18 years £40, 19-25 years – 50% discount on adult rates.

Important points to remember when hunting are:

  • 16 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • On arrival at the meet go and say “Good morning” to the Masters, Huntsman and Whipper-In. Find the Secretary and pay him
  • Please do not let your parents unbox in villages. Please unbox off the road on the same side as other boxes. A short hack to the meet will settle your pony. Do not ride on mown grass verges. Do not ride on any sown crops
  • Be ready to jump off your pony to open and close gates without being asked. Also pass on ‘Gate Please’ so that others behind hear the message
  • Always face your pony towards the hounds
  • If your pony should stop in front of a jump get out of the way as quickly as possible and go to the back of the queue. Do not have another go and stop again
  • Always say a big “Thank you” to anyone holding open a gate. This could be the farmer or landowner and without their kindness of allowing the Hunt across their land there would be no hunting
  • If possible, thank the Master and Huntsman at the end of the day
  • Please respect other riders, who will be paying a larger subscription to hunt with the Quorn Hunt

Dress code

Please remember to look very smart, be clean & tidy.

Tweed jackets preferable, Pony Club Tie & Badge, gloves, hair tucked away tidily in a hairnet, no jewellery, no bling whatsoever.

Black, brown or sheepskin numnah (not saddle cloth) preferable. Brushing boots only if absolutely necessary, mud & thorns can lodge inside the boots causing pain to your pony.

Medical armbands MUST be worn on the arms

Any further information please contact Liz Murfitt (07976 812677).

 Any QHPC member who hunts, should do their Hunting Certificate so that they have a sound knowledge of hunting, and should also be prepared to help out at hunt functions (e.g. at the Point to Point).  We will organise training for the Hunting Certificate.  It is important that you know how hunting works, and very important that you know how you and your pony should behave in the hunting field.  Members who achieve the Hunting Certificate will be awarded the Pony Club hunting badge to wear on their jacket.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HUNTING

WHAT IS A “MEET” AND HOW LONG DOES IT LAST? It is the chosen place where everyone meets at  a set time to gather together to begin the hunt.  The meet usually lasts around 15 minutes,- so be there on time. For example:  3 Dec  –   The Kennels    11.00 am

HOW DO I RECOGNISE THE MASTER AND OTHER HUNT STAFF? The Huntsman and 1st Whipper-in wear red coats and are in charge of the Hounds.  They will be with them at the meet. The Master (who is the person in charge of the mounted field), usually stands quite near to them, and will speak to the “Field” before leaving the meet. (This is how you will recognise him/her).

AM I ALLOWED TO SPEAK TO THEM? Yes, but politely address them as “Sir” or “Madam”. You may say Good Morning.

AM I ALLOWED TO RIDE WITH THE HUNTSMAN AND HOUNDS? Only if you are invited to, otherwise stay with the other riders behind the “Master”.

WHAT DO I DO IF I AM RIDING A NOVICE PONY THAT HAS NOT BEEN HUNTING BEFORE, OR A PONY THAT KICKS OUT AT OTHERS? Put a green ribbon on his tail if he is novice, a BIG RED one if he kicks.  

DO I HAVE TO STAY OUT ALL DAY? No, but you must let the adult who is looking after you know that you are going home. You can say “Good Night” to the Hunt Staff (if you see them).

WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A PROBLEM OR I SEE SOMEONE WHO HAS FALLEN OFF? Find the person who is looking after you for help and ask anyone else that many be near you for help.  Before you go out hunting you should always make sure that there is someone to look out for you whether it be the ponyclub hunting babysitter or an adult.  Please do not expect other mounted riders to look after you without asking first.

ALWAYS FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS FROM OTHERS – IF YOU HEAR THE PERSON IN FRONT OF YOU SHOUT “GATE PLEASE” AS YOU ARE GOING THROUGH AN OPEN GATE, YOU SHOULD SHOUT THE SAME MESSAGE TO THE PERSON BEHIND YOU – IF YOU ARE THE LAST PERSON THROUGH THE GATE – THEN YOU MUST CLOSE IT BEHIND YOU.

A DAY’S HUNTING IS A LOT OF FUN, BUT YOU MUST REMEMBER YOUR MANNERS AT ALL TIMES AND TRY TO BE HELPFUL TO OTHERS WITHOUT GETTING IN THE WAY.  IF YOU ARE NOT SURE ABOUT ANYTHING, PLEASE ASK, EVEN IF YOU THINK YOUR QUESTION IS SILLY.