Dress code

As a pack whose history is steeped in the tradition of the British Army, and whose hounds are kennelled at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, we take pride in ensuring that our turnout is correct.

 

If it’s your first time riding with us, then we do expect you to be smartly turned out, but you do not need all of the correct kit. If you enjoy riding with us and want to come out more regularly, then we anticipate that you will make sure you are correctly attired.

 

If you have any questions on turnout, please contact our Hunt Secretaries Sophie & Jess who will be able to advise you.

What should I wear for pre-season hound exercise (Autumn hunting)?

Ratcatcher is worn for hound exercises that run in the Summer until the Opening Meet in October.

  • Either a bowler, a black or navy hard hat with the ribbons sewn up or a skull cap with black or navy silk

  • Tweed jacket with shirt and tie or dark coloured stock and stock pin

  • Gloves; black, brown or tan (NOT white)

  • Buff, brown, khaki or fawn breeches/jodhpurs (NOT white)

  • Plain brown boots (black is acceptable if you don't have brown)

  • Spurs (optional)

  • Brown hunting crop

  • Hairnet (ladies)

  • No head cams or GoPros (see below)

  • Horses: clean horses with oiled feet but no need to plait. Tidy pulled manes and tails, shiny tack and the absence of stable stains. Tack should be plain black or brown, with a black or brown saddlecloth to match. No 'bling' or bright colours so dig out a plain browband and stirrups.

Some examples of correct ratcatcher dress:

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What should I wear on drag hunting days?

Formal hunting dress is first worn at the Opening Meet and continues throughout the season.

  • Black or navy hard hat with the ribbons sewn up or a skull cap with black or navy silk

  • Black or navy hunt coat

  • Light coloured shirt with white stock and a stock pin

  • 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).

  • Spurs (optional)

  • Brown hunting crop

  • Hairnet (ladies)

  • No head cams or GoPros (see below)

  • Children should wear a tweed jacket with dark coloured stock and stock pin or shirt and tie

  • Horses: All horses MUST be plaited (or hogged). Tack should be plain black or brown, with a black or brown saddlecloth to match. No 'bling' or bright colours so dig out a plain browband and stirrups.

 

Military personnel and visitors from other packs may ride in their own hunt livery or uniform.

Some examples of correctly turned out horses and riders:

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Other turnout FAQs:

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 black or navy, clean and well fitting. It can be worn either inside or over the top of your jacket.

Should my horse wear a ribbon in its tail?

If you know your horse routinely kicks others then you must not bring it drag hunting. 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. If your horse wears a red ribbon it MUST be kept at 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.

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Jayne Chewter MDH

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Dan Gregory MDH

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Jess Telford MDH

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Stuart MacTaggart MDH

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Stephen Hall, Huntsman

Who are these other people with green collars then?
A lot of work goes into running the drag hunt throughout the year, not just on hunting days. For this, the drag hunt relies on people volunteering their free time to help out at events. Members of the field are awarded their 'Hunt Button' in formal recognition of such services. This means that they may wear a green collar on their hunt coat and their buttons are printed with the insignia of the drag hunt. Gentlemen who have been awarded their Hunt Button may also wear topped boots. If you are new or unsure of something, these are good people to speak to as they are experienced members of the field and will be able to help you.

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