What is Foxhunting exactly?
Its just like you imagine! Horses, Hounds, Red Coats and a Huntsman with a Horn! Our goal is not to catch the fox but to have the hounds follow the scent and chase along behind them on our horses. We are not traditional hunters, there are no guns. When we go out hunting its for the love of the animals involved. There are many things that draw people to our sport, some love the hounds and watching them work. Some love nature and enjoy preserving the open land. Some love the horses and riding them across country. Then some people love all three!
Interested in coming out with us?
Let’s start with the basics.
Who do I contact? Do I need to be invited?
No, you don’t need to be invited to hunt. All you need to do is Contact Us and let us know you want to come out. We will give you all the help you need.
Do I have to jump to hunt? Do I have to gallop? Can I come in my western saddle?
The riders in the hunt are separated by speed groups. There is a faster “first flight” of riders who walk/trot/canter and jump. A “second flight” of riders where jumping is purely optional with walk/trot with some cantering. The “third flight” is available by request and is a walk/trot group only. Yes, we very much welcome western riders to come on out and enjoy the fun!
What do I need to wear?
Foxhunting is steeped in tradition and with that comes specific attire. You can visit our Fox Hunting Attire page to get all the information on both formal and informal attire. In the beginning we understand that you may not have a full closet of hunt clothes, so all we require is a ASTM approved helmet, breeches (beige or tan) or pants, a collared shirt or dark colored coat depending on the weather. Again feel free to Contact Us with any questions. We are here to help you and we love helping bring people into our sport.
If I don’t have horse can you provide me with one?
Yes, Lana Volk at Durkee Hill Stables offers day leases/hirelings for our hunt. Visit our Links page on this website to contact her directly for more information.
Do you have other events other than fox hunting?
Besides our regular hunt days, we also have many other fun events. We have a Poker Run, Hunter Pace and in the early summer before the hunt season begins we host “Taste of Hunting” rides. Taste of Hunting Rides are fun trail rides through our hunt country with a yummy tailgate after. We are also fortunate to have a sister pack of beagles which we hunt during the fall and winter on foot around our kennels in Gates Mills, OH. The Chagrin Valley Beagles have their own website if you would like more information on them.
Come ride with us!