Formal hunting dress is first worn at the Opening Meet and continues throughout the season. If you are new to draghunting, as long as your kit is correctly fitting, clean and tidy, and your horse is clean and plaited, you are welcome to drag hunt with us. However, if you draghunt regularly it is hoped that you will be able to obtain the appropriate apparel.
What should I wear?
Black or blue hard hat with the ribbons sewn up or a skull cap with black or blue silk
Black or blue hunting coat with white stock and stock pin
OR Tweed jacket with dark coloured stock and stock pin or shirt and tie
Light coloured shirt
Gloves; black, brown or white
Buff or fawn breeches/jodhpurs
Plain black boots (topped boots may only be worn by gentlemen who have been awarded their Hunt Button).
Brown hunting crop
No head cams or GoPros (see below)
Military personnel and visitors from other packs should ride in their own hunt livery or uniform.
Can I wear a head cam or GoPro?
We politely ask that you do not wear head cams or GoPros as they are not correct hunting attire. We have a professional photographer at all Meets and also any foot followers are welcome to film you from the ground, so you will always have a record of your day.
Can I wear my body protector / air jacket?
Yes. Please make sure it is clean and well fitting. It can be worn either inside or over the top of your jacket.
How should I turnout my horse?
Turnout is very important as it shows respect to our Landowners and the people that have organised the meet.
All horses should be plaited (or hogged).
All tack should be correctly fitted, clean and plain black or brown. This includes saddlecloths, boots and brow bands - no 'bling' or bright colours!
Stirrups should be black or metal.
Should my horse wear a ribbon in its tail?
If you know your horse routinely kicks others then you must not bring it draghunting. If your horse is normally alright, but might be liable to kick, it should wear a red ribbon at the top of its tail. If it is a young horse and you are not sure of its temperament it should wear a green ribbon. In both cases they should be kept to the BACK of the field. If the person in front of you is going through a gateway and has one arm behind their back you should be aware that their horse may kick if you crowd them. If your horse kicks badly you will be asked to leave the field. This is not a punishment but a protective measure for everyone else.
How will I recognise the Masters and other Hunt Staff?
The Masters and the Huntsman wear burgundy hunt coats with green collars and grey trim, and gilt buttons in front and behind. They will have a black hat with the ribbons down at the back or skull cap with a black silk.
Jayne Chewter MDH
Dan Gregory MDH
Jess Telford MDH
Stuart MacTaggart MDH
Stephen Hall, Huntsman