Friday September 25, 2020
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Hunting

HUNTING 2020/21

PC Hunting representative – Nicky Bush – 07957 519305 mail@fbijumps.co.uk

Parents & Children please read carefully

As this is an extraordinary year, all Pony Club children have been asked to register their interest to hunt with the Hunting representative Nicky Bush (mail@fbijumps.co.uk) and details have been sent to the Hunt secretary Nigel Maidment. If you wish to be added to this list please let Nicky know as soon as possible. Currently only Hunting Subscribers, Hunting Farmers and Pony Club children registered to Hunt and with permission from the Hunt Secretary will be allowed to hunt.

PC members who are not a family member of a Hunt Subscriber or Hunting Farmer will need to do the following:

  • Ring Nigel Maidment each time you wish to hunt and get prior permission to come out (01666 823292, 07970 187044 and email secretary@beauforthunt.com).
  • Pay cap in advance via Direct Bank Transfer Beaufort Hunt, Sort 30-92-06 , A/c 01314759 £10 for 12years and Under / £20 for 13yrs – 18yrs.
  • Email covid@beauforthunt.com with date in the subject line I.e. Sat 5th Sept (not 05.09.20) and names of those mounted attending in the main body of the email. This is for Track and Trace purposes therefore be brief and you will not receive a reply.
  • PC members 15yrs and under must be accompanied by a paid up subscriber or Hunting farmer and must stay with them while on the hunting field. Please pay attention to the fieldmaster who may remind the field to socially distance and pay particular attention not to congregate on roads, tracks or gateways.
  • Carry Hand Sanitiser, face mask and a card with emergency contact details in their pocket.

It is very important especially this year that the Pony Club do everything they can to assist the Hunt to continue with activities and respect Covid protocol. Following Covid Protocol and Public perception is key therefore please remind your children that if they wish to have the opportunity to hunt they must be on best behaviour.

Hunting Certificate

If your child is going to be hunting they should take their Hunting Certificate at the earliest opportunity. To find out more about what is involved in taking your hunting certificate please click HERE – Once they have passed they should always wear their Hunting Certificate badge and try to be as helpful as possible.

All Pony Club members who have not passed their Pony Club Hunting Certificate MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times, a slightly older sibling who has passed their Hunting test is not enough.

Even if they have passed their Hunting Certificate they must not hunt unaccompanied until they are over the age of 15. Any child looking after a younger sibling should be at least 18. This also applies on Children Priority meets.

Whether you have passed your hunting test or not, if you have a pony that you have not hunted before, you must go with an adult the first time to make sure the pony is safe.   Any child not in control will be asked to go home.

Hunting Etiquette

Upon arrival if it is possible please say good morning to the Master and the Hunt Staff and find the Hunt Secretary to hand in your ticket – however we understand this may not be possible for the season 2020/2021.  

Please listen to the instructions of Hunt Staff at all times and follow the Field Master wherever possible, do not go off on your own as you may interfere with hunting.

Parents (or responsible adult) are to ensure that they are with/in sight of their children at all times, simply being on the hunting field IS NOT ENOUGH. 

Accompanied children are expected to keep to the back of the field especially on a Saturday. Up front is not a good place to be on a small pony!

The hunting field is not the place to test your ability to jump larger fences than normal, should you have a stop move out of the way quickly and find another way round. DO NOT keep attempting the same jump

Hunting Dress

The correct dress for children under the age of 18 is a tweed jacket and coloured hunting stock or pony club tie, with brown boots and chaps (black is ok too) and a plain blue or black hat silk. Long hair MUST tied in a tight bun in a hairnet. A Pony Club Waterproof coat is also acceptable during bad weather and a body protector is advisable. No jewellery should be worn especially earrings and they can get caught in branches.

Red and Green ribbons.

If you know your pony kicks please put a red ribbon on its tail and keep it out of the way. You are still responsible for making sure it does not kick anyone! A red ribbon does not give you permission to go wherever you want hoping that everyone else gets out of your way. Neither does a green ribbon, which should indicate a young horse or pony or one that is new to hunting. This pony should also be kept quietly at the back, until you are confident that it is going to behave and not kick.

Subscriptions and Rules for Beaufort Hunt Pony Club Members

Subscriptions are due by September 1st, subscriptions paid after this date will increase by £50 per horse/pony per month.

Rule 4 (d) Young people ages 18 to under 22 years on 1st October and residing permanently within the Beaufort Hunt Boundaries will be called on to subscribe £100 for one horse.  In addition they will be asked to pay £25 per horse each day that they come out hunting. See Ticket note.

Rule 8 (a) The only children who may hunt with the Beaufort Hunt are those whose parents reside within the boundaries of the Beaufort or are members of the Beaufort Hunt.

  • Children who do not qualify under rule 8(a) but are members of the Beaufort Hunt Pony Club, and aged under 18 on 1stOctober, may also be allowed to hunt with the Beaufort Hunt under rule 8(c) or 8(d) as appropriate.
  • Children aged between 13 and less than 18 by the 1stOctober will be required to make a donation of £20 each day that they hunt. See ticket note.
  • Parents of children under the age of 13 by 1stOctober will be called upon to give a donation towards their children’s hunting of £10 each day that they come out hunting. See ticket note.

Rule 9        The above rules do not apply to bona-fide Farmers and their immediate dependant families whose principle occupation is farming land over which the Duke of Beaufort’s hounds hunt within the boundaries of the Beaufort Hunt

TICKETS   Collection of Tickets and young Peoples’ Caps will commence on 1st October.   Re rules 4(d), 8(c) & (d) a Ticket system is now in operation.  Tickets must be obtained from the Hunt Secretary at the appropriate rate In Advance.   Payment by cash on the day is not acceptable.

OTHER POINTS TO REMEMBER WHEN GOING HUNTING:

  1. All horse boxes and trailers must be parked off the road; try to put them into a yard if possible, but ask the owner first. Do not park across gateways.
  2. Every member of the hunting field is responsible for shutting gates, so DO SO. Any damage at all must be reported immediately to the Hunt Secretary.
  3. It is common courtesy not to be late.
  4. Courtesy is always important; PLEASE remember to thank ALL FARMERS / LANDOWNERS for allowing us to cross their fields, cars for slowing down for you, and people who open or hold gates for you, and always be polite.
  5. Parents who are following the day’s hunting in cars are asked to follow the instructions of the Car Stewards. Do not park in gateways.  Do not drive on private tracks or land.

Covid 19 Protocol:

The Duke of Beaufort Hunt wish to remind those hunting that Public Perception is a key issue which should be at the forefront of our minds whenever out with hounds. Any person wishing to follow hounds must observe the points below:

  • Undertake a self-assessment of Covid 19 symptoms and you should not participate in any hunting activities is you or someone in your household has symptoms.
  • Followers both mounted and on foot should respect social distancing at all times.
  • Wash hands before leaving home and sanitise hands regularly
  • You do not have to hunt in a facemask however please bring hand sanitiser and a mask in your pocket in case of emergencies or where social distancing is not possible.
  • Food and drink should not be disseminated during the hunting day.
  • Individuals living with a local lockdown area or keeping horses within one must not come out hunting.
  • The mounted field must follow the fieldmaster and their instructions and avoid any congestion or congregation i.e in gateways, tracks or roads.
  • Followers should not engage with hunt saboteurs on any level
  • The day before you are intending to hunt please email: covid@beauforthunt.com This is to comply with Track and Trace. In the subject box put the date I.e. Tues 1st September (Not  1.9.20 or 1/9/20 etc). In the main body put the names of those people from your household attending (you will not receive a reply). The details of those following on foot will be taken on the day.  

 

The Pony Club is hugely grateful to the Hunt for being so welcoming to the Pony Club Children. It is a privilege to be hunting with The Duke of Beaufort Hunt therefore please remember that you are representing the Pony Club and should be on best behaviour – ‘pleases’ and ‘thankyous’ go a long way and are always welcome!