Hunt Button

A great deal of work goes into running the Staff College Drag Hunt; not just preparing for hunting days, but also to run the organisation throughout the whole year. For this, we rely upon a number of people volunteering their valuable time.

Lots of people offer assistance for various hunt activities for which we are very grateful, but among those there are people who consistently go above and beyond to support the drag hunt time after time. They can be relied upon to maintain their active support through thick and thin; when there is no glory to be gained, no crowd to please, when an event is still weeks away, when everybody else is yet to turn up...or has already gone home!

The Masters award the Hunt Button in formal recognition of such loyalty and selfless commitment by those who contribute to the huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes.
 
Additionally, when choosing who to award the Hunt Button to, the Masters consider those who conduct themselves in an exemplary manner on a drag hunting day. Those who have earned their Hunt Button will always be correctly attired and well turned out. They will be someone who the Masters can call upon to assist following an incident or when a 'safe pair of hands' is required. They will always know how to behave, will be supportive of other riders, and will set a strong example to others in the field: they are someone who others can look to and aspire to emulate. They are representatives of our drag hunt, whether hunting at home with us or visiting other packs.

Those who have been awarded their Hunt Button wear a green collar on their hunt coat, whilst their buttons are adorned with the insignia of Staff College Drag Hunt. Gentlemen who have been awarded their Hunt Button wear mahogany topped boots and ladies patent tops if they wish. So if you are new to drag hunting then you should be able to easily spot these people in case you have any questions or require any assistance!

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For the 2021/22 season, the Joint Masters awarded the Hunt Button to the following people:

Ben Hall

Ben is the son of our Huntsman Stephen Hall. On a hunting day, Ben can be found assisting his father whipping in - but there is so much more that Ben contributes than just that! Every day before school, Ben gets up early and walks out the hounds. He assists around the kennels with the feeding and care of our hounds and also shows them at various events over the summer. We can definitely see him with his own pack of hounds one day...either that or running a Playstation empire!

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Jade Payne

Jade has been a subscriber with Staff College Drag Hunt for many years. She can be found in the first field on her trusty steed, Finn, bounding over hedges, ditches and timber alike. Jade has been an avid supporter of the hunt since the moment she arrived. Over the years, she has been a key member of the HSC and has given great assitance organisnig events such as the Hunt Ball, Minley Fun Ride and beach rides, but also is the secretary and treasurer. On a hunting day she is always immaculately turned out and always ready to lend a hand if required.

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Katy & Sarah Hayward
 

The Hayward sisters bring joy and smiles wherever they go! They are so welcoming and friendly to everyone in the field and always happy to support and guide newcomers. They can be absolutely relied upon by the Masters on the day to do any necessary job from shutting gates to escorting people home early whose horses are tired. In short: they always put others before themselves! Behind the scenes, these ladies can always be relied upon to support events the hunt is running and also cook up a delicious hunt tea for everyone.

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