A GENERAL GUIDE to HUNTING with
The Cranwell Bloodhounds [CBH] hunt the Clean Boot, no annual subscription. We usually ride between September and April on a Sunday afternoon setting off at 12.30 PROMT. Details of our outings will be posted on our Facebook page by HONSEC. Booking in information and procedure can be found in the FILES section ON FACEBOOK.
If you are new to the sport, and wish to join us for your first experience of hunting with bloodhounds, it is advisable to attend our early season “ride with hounds” or a Hound Exercise day before committing to a full Hunting day. Every horse reacts differently to the hunting environment, the sound of a pack of hounds waiting to chase the Quarry, can prove extremely exciting to some horses and ponies!
How do I find out about your events?
The best way to stay informed about our Events is to become a friend of Cranwell Bloodhounds on Facebook where HonSec, will post weekly outings planned. You can also contact the Honorary Secretary at the HonSec facebook page or email [email protected]
What should I wear?
The main rule is, have a clean horse, clean tack and be neat and tidy.
Ride with Hounds – steady days mainly walk and trot.
Dress code - These are always smart casual dress, for example, usual hacking clothes, dark jodhpurs, polo shirt or similar, coat or Gilet, depending on the weather.
Hound Exercise and Training Meets - The pace of these meets will change depending on the weather conditions.
Dress code - The dress code may change to Ratcatcher, in layman's terms, Tweed jacket, beige jodhpurs, shirt and tie or stock, long boots. No plaiting necessary.
Full Hunting Days - These days last around 3 hours and are faster with optional jumping.
Dress Code – From the Opening Meet onwards, Hunt coats, beige jodhpurs, shirt and hunting stock. Ladies should wear hair nets and minimum jewellery for safety reasons. Horses should be smart and clean, plaited where possible with dark tack and numnahs.
The Masters of the CBH do understand that newcomers may not have a formal hunting coat, in which case Tweed is allowed.
It is traditional to plait ones horse for hunting. However if you have a genuine reason to be considered for exemption, please contact us in advance.
What does it cost?
Otherwise known as “The CAP”. This varies depending on the meet planned. However once full hunting commences the CAP is £30 per rider
The Road Crew
CBH have a Road Crew who are there to ensure our safety, assist with parking, manage road crossings and help with any problems we may encounter. They also lead the car followers to the best places to view the ride without interfering with the line of the Hunt. If you have family or friends following by car please ask them to familiarise themselves with the “Car Followers” guide, a copy can be obtained from Dave Fane or the HonSec. The main observation is to stay on the road and do not enter any field or private track unless advised to do so.
DURING THE CURRENT PANDEMIC, THE ABOVE WILL RESTRICTED TO COMPLY WITH GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS ON NUMBERS AT GATHERINGS.
Going to the Meet
BE PROMPT AND READY TO LEAVE WHEN THE HOUNDS COME OUT.
Booking in during Covid
Pleae read the Cranwell Bloodhounds Rider/Supporter - Covid-19 Guidelines to find out how to book a place. Numbers are still limited so booking in following the correct procedure is imperative. No booking confirmation/number no entry.
PLEASE familiarise yourself with the Field Master for the day, usually Danielle Longotano Rain and ensure you keep behind her and follow her instructions, they are given for everyones safety. DO NOT pass the designated Field Master, BUT DO allow as much space as possible between you and the riders in front of you. However you must keep up at any road crossing. When the Road Crew are in attendance, Dave Fane and his team will man road crossings.
If you need to leave the field early for any reason, please try your best to let the Fieldmaster know, as she/he will be able to advise you of the best way back.
PLEASE follow these instructions and do not go off for a hack.
Is there anything my horse should wear?
If your horse is young, nervous or you are unsure of its temperament it should wear a GREEN ribbon in its tail. If you know that your horse is liable to kick it should wear a RED ribbon in its tail and keep at the back of the ride. However, a ribbon does not exonerate you from taking responsibility for the actions of you and your horse.
Be mindful of how your horse is reacting to other horses around you. Just like people, it is unrealistic to expect your horse to like every other horse it meets. Therefore if you feel that your horse is behaving out of character, it may be that he/she is nervous of another horse close by. In this case we would suggest removing yourself from the situation by riding in a different location within the group. This usually helps to avoid any problems occurring. Should an incident occur between yourself and another horse or rider, as difficult as it might be, please try to refrain from reacting in the spur of the moment. We recommend that, at a suitably quiet time, you inform the Field Master or other Hunt Official who can then help you to deal with the matter appropriately.
Do not attempt to jump if there is a hound anywhere near a jump. Give hunt staff priority and let them move off before attempting to jump. If you know your horse is a poor jumper or you are not confident let others go first. Do not cut across the path of another rider preparing to jump. If you break a fence, please advise a member of the hunt staff or road crew in order that a repair can be arrange before the next meet.
Do I have to jump?
Whilst we try to put in as much jumping as possible, for those who wish to jump, a lot will depend on the area being hunted and the ground conditions. There is nearly always a way around a jump and a number of people do not jump at all. If you chose not to jump PLEASE stay with other non jumping riders so as to avoid crossing the line of the quarry and interfering with Hounds doing their job.
The end of the day
At the end of the day please leave the parking area clear of any horse droppings etc.
Hopefully you will have enjoyed your day.
Thank you for taking the time to read the above,
we hope it will help you to make the very best of your outings with the