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A Kentucky Tradition
Most foxhunters fall in love with the sport, purely enjoying the thrill of riding across natural country with their friends and savoring the beauty of the Kentucky countryside.

There is a special bond between horse and rider in the hunt field as it requires a tremendous amount of trust. Horses must watch for holes and other natural hazards, and riders must have the skill to guide a horse safely in a big group. Once a rider has found or developed a horse that they enjoy, every hunt day is great fun. Inevitably, Iroquois members soon become fascinated with the hounds and hound work. It is as though a whole new world opens up and they begin to recognize the intricacies of how hounds respond to each other, finding a line, losing it and finding again. Seeing the new entries slowly change from blindly following the older hounds to suddenly realizing the great pleasure their nose bestows. Watching hounds diving into a covert quietly and carefully, then listening for the first peep of a hound speaking, which builds as other hounds come to honor it, until the cry is a spine-chilling symphony. The Iroquois hounds provide great sport, for both those who hunt to ride and those who ride to hunt. Iroquois Masters and hunt staff are very proud of the overwhelming number of field members who have an enthusiastic interest in learning more about hound work every hunt day.

About IHC Hunting

Medical Information

a. There is medical card which every member in the hunt should complete. This card includes information concerning (1) who is to be contacted in case of a medical emergency, (2) the emergency room or hospital to which the member wishes to be taken, and (3) the physician who should be contacted. This card should be kept in each memberís hunt hat or in a special place in hunt clothing.

b. There is a notebook in the Hound truck which provides medical information to be completed by each foxhunter.

Guest Hunting

a. Guests hunt by permission of the Masters. If you wish to bring a guest, please call Jack van Nagell, preferably several days prior to the hunt.

b. When you bring a guest to the hunt, please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the cast.

c. The following steps should be followed:

1) Introduce the guest to the Masters and the Field Secretary, Betsy van Nagell.

2) Pay the cap to the Field Secretary prior to mounting.

3) Make sure your guest signs a waiver of liability prior to mounting.

d. You are responsible for your guest during the hunt. Please instruct your guest concerning proper dress, hunting etiquette, expected behavior of a horse around hounds, and being mannerly to landowners in the hunt country.

e. Plan to ride with your guest during the hunt if possible.

Hunting With Children

a. If a child comes hunting as a guest with the Iroquois on specified no cap days, he/she should ride with the designated childrenís Field Master.

b. If members bring their own child to hunt with the Iroquois, the child should hunt with his/her parent(s) usually in the back of the field. Parents are responsible for making sure that their child is properly attired and that their horse is well turned out.

c. Children and their parents should arrive at the meet at least 30 minutes prior to the cast, so that they have enough time to get mounted and to feel comfortable prior to the hunt.

Groom Hunting

a. Grooms hunt by permission of the Masters. If you plan to bring a groom hunting, please call Jack van Nagell prior to your groom coming out.

b. You are responsible for your groom at the meet and during the hunt. It is your responsibility to instruct your groom concerning all aspects of hunting, and specifically what is expected, including prompt arrival at the meets. A groomís horse should be well turned out, and a groom should be mannerly to all members of the field.

c. You should make every effort to ride with your groom. If, during the hunt, you cannot ride with your groom, it is your responsibility to make sure the groomís actions are appropriate, and they they are respectful and considerate to all members of the hunt.

d. If your groom is riding a green horse, it is your responsibility to ensure that the horse does not endanger any member of the field or impair another memberís enjoyment of the hunt.

e. Grooms may be asked to open and close gates during a hunt. However, grooms should not automatically try to open and close gates without permission of the Field Master. A groom riding a green horse who is attempting to open or close a gate may endanger other members of the field.

Protocol for Changing Fields and Getting Gates

a. Generally, you should try to ride in one field during a hunt.

b. If you wish to change fields during a hunt, ask permission of your Field Master. Your Field Master will let you know when it is appropriate to change to another field.

c. Your Field Masters will tell you when they wish you to open or close a gate. Opening and closing gates will be coordinated by your Field Master in such a way as to facilitate the movement of the hunt, and the safety of the field.


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