At the Meet
Arriving On Time:
The hunt waits for no one.  Hounds move off at the appointed time and hunting begins immediately.  Rider should arrive at the meet with sufficient time to be mounted  and ready to move off with the field. 

Upon Arrival:
It is proper to greet the Master before the start of the hunt and to announce your presence to the field master. If you have brought a guest the Master must be informed, release signed and cap paid. 

Order In The Field:
Members with colors are entitled to ride in the front of the field behind the field master.  The privilege award to members are consistent in hunting and knowledgeable fox hunters, but who have also worked diligently in the interest of the hunt for some time.  This is not to say that a hunting member who has not yet been awarded color cannot ride in the front with those who have, but suggests that in the case of a chase a regular hunting member should give way to those with colors. 

However, if the member with colors doesn't keep up during a chase, then a regular member has the right to pass in an open field and move right behind the field master.  Courtesy and safety to all riders should be the foremost thinking. 


If a horse refuses a jump, the rider should move to the back of the line before making another attempt. 


Given the social nature of the sport, there is always the temptation to engage in conversation.  It should, however, be avoided at most times.  Chatting among the field can distract the Huntsman and Masters, thus detracting from the integrity of the sport.    This does not mean absolute silence must be observed at all times but attention should be paid to i.e., the hounds working- and socializing should be kept to a minimum. 

Withdrawing Early:
Ideally, everyone should come out with the attention of remaining for the duration of the hunt.  However, situations do arise- lost shoe, lame horse, rider with injury, illness, etc. - that necessitates heading back in while the hunt is still in progress.  When the situation does happen, word should be passed to the field master so that she is aware of the departure.  The withdrawing member should ask the field master for directions back to the meet, even if he or she knows the territory to avoid interfering with the work of the hounds. 

Members in the Field:
Riding with the hunt is a privilege, not a right.  Besides Landowners, we also depend on our Masters and Huntsman for the enjoyment of our hunting season.  The leaders of the hunt work hard to provide members the opportunities to following hounds and nothing warms the heart of a Huntsman or Master more than a well turned out field who conduct themselves properly.  This especially gives recognition to the Huntsman who devotes long, hard work to give member a few hours of the sport.