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A Kentucky Tradition
Traditional hunting attire has developed from years of people hunting who found the most practical and useful clothing and equipment that suited horseback riding in the average outdoor weather conditions between September and March.

Perhaps, in part, some of the formality comes from a consideration given to the fact that foxhunters are guests of the landowners and farmers who enjoy the spectacle of formally dressed riders on well-turned out horses.

William Wadsworth, MFH explained it best by saying "You could play the World Series with both teams in slacks and polo shirts, but neither the teams nor the fans would enjoy it quite as much." Many local landowners feel that the hunt increases the value of their property, and they embrace its traditions.

Every piece of clothing customarily worn in the hunt field has a purpose.

For instance, the stock tie and pin can be used for a sling if someone is injured.

Red hunt coats make riders more visible in the distance, which is helpful if someone falls and is separated from their horse.

Long boots are comfortable to ride in and protect a rider's legs from branches and trees.

The most experienced foxhunters wear their colors on the collar, so a less experienced foxhunter will know who to rely on for help or advice on a hunt day.

Masters wear four buttons on their coat instead of three, so landowners can identify who is in charge if there is a problem.

It is said that foxhunting is one of the few sports where those who are the most accurately dressed are the best and most accomplished.

About IHC Hunting - Proper Hunting Attire

Ladies and Gentlemen
without Buttons and Colors

Coat - Oxford gray, navy or black

Vest - Canary or tattersall

Stock - White or off-white with plain golf safety pin fastened horizontally

Breeches - Canary, buff or rust (never white)

Boots - Black. Spurs are optional with black spur straps. Black field boots are acceptable.

Hats - Safety approved black velvet hunt cap with harness fastened is strongly recommended or black hunting bowler.

Gloves - White string, or leather...such as washable buck. Or gloves conservative in color & appropriate to severe weather conditions.

Hairnets - Should be worn to keep hair tidy under hunt caps.

Ladies who Have Received their Colors

Coat - If invited by the Masters, Pink (scarlet), black collar with robins egg blue piping and Iroquois Hunt buttons. Otherwise black, navy or oxford gray with optional robins egg blue piping and Iroquois Hunt buttons.

Vest - Robins egg blue with Iroquois Hunt brass buttons.

Stock - White or off-white with plain gold safety pin fastened horizontally.

Breeches - White with Pink coat; otherwise, canary, buff or rust with black/gray/navy coat.

Boots - Black field boots are acceptable or black with optional brown tops, tabs sewn on but not down. Optional white garter straps, with white breeches. Spurs are optional with black leather spur straps.

Hats - Safety approved black velvet hunt cap with harness fastened is strongly recommended. Top hat is acceptable if wearing Pinks, or black bowler.

Gloves - White string, or leather gloves such as a washable buck. Or gloves conservative in color appropriate to severe weather conditions.

Ladies and Gentlemen on a Bye Day or Cub Hunting (ratchatcher)

Coat - Tweed or muted natural colors

Vest - Optional (yellow or tattersall)

Breeches - Tan, canary, buff or rust or jodhpurs with black or brown paddock boots.

Boots - Brown or black, field boots are acceptable.

Hat - Safety approved black velvet hunt cap with harness fastened is strongly recommended, or black hunting bowler.

Shirt - Stock shirt with choker band, shirt and tie or shirt with colored stock.

Juniors (18 or under)

Ratcatcher - (see above) is appropriate for Cubing or Formal Hunting or see "Ladies and Gentlemen Without Buttons or Colors". In cold weather, warm gloves and warm jacket or parka are acceptable.

Guest Attire

Guests from another hunt should follow the appropriate attire for the day. Guests who have received their colors at another hunt should always ask permission from the Masters before wearing their colors as a guest.

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