Monday November 19, 2018
Hunting

Team Chasing

Team Chasing is a fun and sociable activity that takes place in the Spring and Autumn. Teams of 3-4 horses or ponies compete against a bogey time at novice level or against the clock at higher levels. All our members who have tried it have loved it, and it is a great way to get a “sticky” pony jumping more forward to keep up with friends!

If you fancy having a go please contact Emma Aird who has details of upcoming events and will be co-ordinating teams. Novice classes vary from around 7ocm – 100cm and some have a minimum age of 12, but Emma will be advise on which event will suit your child.

Contact detail:-  emmaaird@btinternet.com 01488 639683 / 07770 977977.

Team chasing requires a higher level of insurance than is offered by Pony Club so membership of the Countryside Alliance is strongly recommended (and is required for anyone hunting with the OBH). It is £24 / year for under 25s and gives you £10million liability and £30k personal accident insurance.

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Hunting

The Old Berks Hunt and the Old Berks Hunt Pony Club are very closely related, helping each other out at each others events.

Hunting is a good way for you and your pony to go cross country, forming a partnership, improving your riding and meeting like-minded people of all ages.

The Old Berks Hunt welcomes all members of the Pony Club and offers a discounted rate (£10 for 12-25 yrs, £5 under 12s) for current members displaying their Pony Club badge.

Insurance

All children are covered by Pony Club Insurance whilst participating in any legal form of hunting. The Old Berks Hunt requests that all followers are members of the Countryside Alliance. Membership is £24 for under 25s.

Supervision

The following recommendations are from The Master of the OBH following a review in 2017.

Children 5 and under should be on a lead rein.

Children 6-12 should be accompanied, unless they hold PC C Test or have the requisite experience to hunt unaccompanied.

Children 13-17 can hunt unaccompanied if they hold PC C Test or have the requisite experience to hunt unaccompanied.

Practicalities

If you are sending your child out unaccompanied please ensure that there is a responsible adult able to keep an eye on them (this should be arranged in advance, not at the meet!), and please follow on foot so that you are on hand in case of problems. Neither the Hunt nor its individual member can accept any liability or responsibility for any accident or incident to any supporter or follower of the Hunt. Children must be competent in all paces, and if they are not able to jump hunt fences it is important that they are accompanied by someone able to look after them so that they aren’t separated from the rest of the field.

We have several mentors who will accompany children to teach them about hunting; they should be fully competent and in control in all paces and able to jump a minimum of 80cm XC to keep up with the mentors. Please speak to Vanessa Kilgour for details. 07775 558673

All children must have a piece of paper (ideally laminated) in their pocket with at least one emergency contact number on. It is not sufficient for them to just be carrying a phone, in case the battery is flat or the phone is locked, lost or waterlogged when the contact number is needed.

They should also have a piece of baler twine (to use as an emergency lead rope / rein / stirrup leather). A sugary snack or chocolate bar is strongly recommended.

Correct dress: Tweed jacket (hunting coat for older members), shirt and pony club tie (stock for older members), long boots or boots and half chaps, plain dark hat silk, warm gloves. Body protectors are recommended and are a great way to keep warm. If you don’t have a tweed jacket or if the weather is very wet, a Barbour or other plain dark riding jacket is totally acceptable.

Ponies should be clean and tidy, and plaited from 1st November. If your pony might kick please ensure it wears a red ribbon and stay towards the back of the field.

If you are thinking of hunting for the first time, or would like to find out where a particular Meet is, contact the OBHPC Hunting Representative, Vanessa Kilgour.

The cap can be paid by cash or cheque (payable to Old Berks Hunt), and should be paid as soon as you arrive at the meet. Please find the secretary as soon as you arrive – they will usually have an armband on – please don’t leave it for them to come and find you!

OBHPC members are always welcome to hunt with the OBH. Most neighbouring hunts are happy to have visitors, but it is important that you contact their hunt secretary to ask permission and to check the correct cap before the day, even if you have been invited by a member of that hunt or their pony club.

Rallies and Children’ Meets

We hold at least one Childrens’ Meet per year. This is usually at the end of December and/or mid February and is exclusively for children or those accompanying children and is suitable for all abilities including lead rein.

We hold a Mock Hunt in the autumn to introduce ponies to hounds and to learn the rules and etiquette of hunting while riding cross country. There are also various opportunities to go on hound exercise and kennel visits during the summer.

For further information please look on the Hunt website.

Hunting Badge

You need to be 12 or over and to have attended at least one kennel visit, mock hunt or hunting evening so that you are able to answer questions about hunting with the OBH. Once you have completed an informal quiz you will be matched up with a mentor who hunts regularly with the OBH to spend half a day hunting with them. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to meet other members of the hunt, to put all that you have learnt into practice and to learn from those who know all you need to know about hunting with the Old Berks Hunt.

The hunting badge is aimed at those able to show a true understanding of hunting gained largely through experience on the hunting field so is a significant achievement. Badges are awarded towards the end of the Season.

Those that have been awarded their hunting badge will be eligible to be awarded the Sheila Nash Hunting Stock; awarded to children over 12 who demonstrate their understanding of hunting etiquette and set a good example to others.

Drag Hunting with the Berks and Bucks Draghounds

OBHPC members are all welcome to hunt with the Berks and Bucks Draghounds.

All Sun Meets at 12.30 p.m– Tea is arranged after most Meets.

Please phone/email Phoebe Hobby at least two days before coming out as numbers can be limited and Meets can be changed.

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