TUBHUNTING

"Tubhunting" is the name our senior Master has given to the pre-season training meets. The term is a play on the old foxhunting term "cubhunting" as he feels that at the end of a long summer lay off our Quarries will have become a little tubby!

These meets are earlier in the day than meets following and including the formal Opening Meet in mid October.

The correct dress, starting from the head down, the traditional hunting attire for these meets are a proper hard riding hat, a coloured hunting stock (sometimes called a hunt tie) or a tie and shirt, a tweed hacking jacket (also referred to as ratcatcher) fawn or buff breeches, and riding boots. Spurs are always optional. However the SDB have no Fashion Police and we do not expect people to go out and buy special clothes to hunt in if they're only going to hunt occasionally. If in doubt, give the Honorary Hunt Secretary a call and discuss it with her.

As always, the time listed for the meet is the time you should be on your horse by. It is considered rude and unhelpful if you use this time as an arrival time and makes for a very messy start to the day.

The cap (charge) for the day varies depending on your age group and these can be found on the "Subscribe" page of the this website. Your first duty once you are on your horse is to find the secretary and pay your cap. You should NOT wait for the secretary to come and find you.

This time of year there will be quite a few puppies (hounds that haven't done a full season's hunting) out and it is your duty to keep away from the hounds, even if the hound comes towards you. Equally do not ride your horse near the Quarries (runners). If you are on a road or a track, or any other narrow space, ALL riders need to be on one side of the road to give the hounds and Quarries maximum space to pass without getting kicked.

Your horse may be perfectly good with dogs at home, but so what. 1. The Master doesn't know that and will be nervous about any horses getting too close to the hounds. 2. If the Master did let non hunt staff near the hounds, then other people might think it is appropriate for them to take ther "safe" horse near then hounds 3. The Master hasn't the time, the energy or the inclination to try and learn which horses are good with hounds, so no person other than hunt staff will be tolerated near the hounds.

If hounds come towards you at any time, especially on roads or tracks, keep your horses head turned towards the hounds.

Most importantly, obey instructions from the Masters, they will probably see danger long before you've even thought about it.

We want you to enjoy your day out and the Masters are their to help and guide ou should you need assistence. If in doubt, ask for help.