How To Present For A Melbourne Hunt Club Meet
Melbourne Hunt Club meets every Sunday, May through to September. We also have the priviledge of being associated with the Findon Harriers Hunt Club and can ride at their meets on a Saturday and occassionaly midweek.
A Melbourne Hunt meet starts at 11:00 hrs. You should be early to prepare yourself and your horse/pony. All riders must wear an approved safety helmet and riding boots. Pony Club or Adult Riding Club members may wear their club uniform.
Formal Hunt Attire, Men - Livery if applicable. Black riding jacket, white, buff or beige breeches, mustard or check vest, white shirt, stock & stock pin, long brown/black boots, approved helmet. Non members or non regular hunters should present themselves as tidy as possible.
Formal Hunt Attire, Women- Livery if applicable. Black riding jacket, buff or beige breeches, white shirt, mustard or check vest, stock & stock pin, long black boots, approved helmet. Non members or non regular hunters should present themselves as tidy as possible.
Formal Hunt Attire, Child - Black or blue riding jacket, buff or beige breeches, white shirt, mustard or check vest, stock & stock pin, short brown boots, approved helmet. Non members or non regular hunters should present themselves as tidy as possible.
Upon arrival at the meet, you should first greet the Masters of the hunt club. Any forms, waivers or capping fees must be attended to prior to mounting your horse/pony.
Present your horse/pony as best you can, be mounted for a prompt start at 11;00 hrs. There will be a welcome speech prior to hounds setting off.
Always ride with the field, never overtake the Field Master. Chatting loudly in the field should be avoided as this can disrupt hounds or alert prey. Find someone to ride alongside that you know or feel comfortable with, they will quietly let you know what's happening.
If you are in the jumping group and your horse refuses a panel, you should move to the back of the line before attempting it again.
You should start the day with the idea of remaining with the field until days end. However should you need to retire early, inform the Field Master. There may be others who also wish to retire early and can lead you home. Never leave by yourself when you are not familiar with the property.
The Stirrup Cup, is a tradition that Melbourne Hunt still enjoys pior to the commencement of certain hunts on the calendar. Historically, the stirrup cup was given to the riders, as they had their feet in the stirrups and about to set off. It is a wine based drink served warm.
At the end of a hunt, each rider and the followers, gather for the Hunt Breakfast, which is not really "breakfast" as it is served in the afternoon. This is a feast of delicious food and drink, enjoyed by all. A time where we can all talk about the day, meet landowners, get to know each other, and make new friendships.
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