About Capping (being a guest)

IMG_2306You can try hunting before you become a member of North Hills Hunt.  You need to be a guest of a member so that you can have a guide for the day.  If you do not know a member of North Hills Hunt, you may contact Mary Curran, who will be happy to help or match you up with someone who can.

If you have English tack and attire – tan pants, black coat and black boots –  that’s great but don’t let clothes and saddle types stop you from coming out for the day.  Western gear is fine for first-timers. Minimum requirements are a hard hat, heeled shoes and a bit that stops your horse.

Guests are allowed three “caps” (guest appearances at a hunt) per lifetime, at a fee of $75* per hunt. Guest capping is allowed at all but Opening and Closing Hunts and Joint meets.

Capping fees may be applied to the fee to upgrade to full membership status.

Before the hounds move off, capping fees and a signed waiver should be presented to the Honorary Secretary in a sealed envelope. The outside of the envelope should state name, date and the name of the NHH sponsor.

*If capping is not paid prior to start of hunt, then capping fee is $100.

Handy Tips

  • After hunting has begun, please refrain from all unnecessary conversation and loud laughter-either in the field or in the gate group. The noise makes it difficult for the staff to hear the hounds, the Huntsman, or the horn. It may cause the hounds to become diverted from their work.
  • Do not talk to a hound as this may distract them from hunting.
  • Listen for “Staff, Please” or “Ware Hound” and then make room for the Huntsman or staff, and hounds. Always move out of their path and turn your horse’s head toward them.
  • Never get in front of the Field Master.
  • When following at a fence, do not jump until the horse in front of you has cleared the fence and is a stride away. If your horse refuses the fence, please move to the back of the field.
  • Keep a horse’s length between you and the next horse.
  • Do not pass other horses too close or at too high a speed.
  • Do not circle in front of other horses.
  • Do not allow large gaps to develop in the field.
  • If your horse kicks, tie a red ribbon in its tail and keep clear of other riders by riding to the rear of the field.
  • Do not run into other horses to stop your horse. If you horse is unmanageable, please excuse yourself and take it home.
  • Refrain from smoking at all times.
  • Close all fences and gates to prevent livestock from escaping.
  • Do not ride over wet or newly planted fields–keep to the edges even if the staff rides through the field.
  • No one is allowed to ride on hunt country at any time other than a scheduled hunt activity.
  • Remember to show courtesy and consideration at all times to the landowners, without whose continuing support we would not be able to hunt.
  • Should you wish to leave the field, please request permission of the Field Master or the Field Secretary.
  • Be on hand early enough to warm up your horse, as the hunt will move out promptly at the hour designated.
  • Greet the masters and staff on arrival at the meet and thank them at the end of the meet for the day’s sport.
  • All riders and hilltoppers must sign a liability release form.
  • Members of the field should ride according to the honors as given, or by specific invitation of the Field Master. The field should be ranked in the following manner:
    Field Master
    By invitation of a NHH MFH, Ex-MFHs & MFHs of other hunts
    Gentlemen & Ladies with colors
    Gentlemen & Ladies with buttons
    Gentlemen & Lady members
    Visitors & Guests with their sponsor
    Juniors with colors
  • Members of other hunts may have their colors honored by a NHH Master and would then ride accordingly within the field.
  • When riding with other hunts, request persmission to wear your colors before arrival at the meet.

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