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Rand Hunt Retreat Banquet 2020-04-18

A new event is planned to replace the Rand Hunt Ball this year. The cost of the traditonal Ball has become prohibitive, so we will try an experiment to present a formal dinner in its place. The same traditional events normally enjoyed at the Ball, but structured around smaller numbers.

The Rand Hunt Retreat Banquet will be a formal dinner with all the traditions of the event to mark the end of the Hunt season. The dress code is very formal and the gentlemen members are encouraged to wear white tie and tails or at least the formal attire known as 'black tie'. The ladies should wear their most glamorous gowns to give the eveining the seanse of grandeur it deserves. This is a special and unique occasion should turn into a most enjoyable party.
The banquet, in addition to a very special dinner, will offer a full evening of entertainment and fun that is unique to this celebration at the end of the season. 
The Rand Hunt Retreat Banquet
Inanda Club, Forrest Road, Sandton

Saturday 18th April 2020

The arrival time is 6.30 for 7.00pm.

This is a brief outline of what to expect (as well as a few surprises along the way)
Stirrup cup on arrival.

This is a special concoction served in a sherry size glass that is traditionally offered to the riders before a morning's hunt. Weather permitting, the guests enjoy the evening outside over looking the polo field. The cash bar will be open for pre-dinner drinks.
A hound parade and display on the polo field
A selection of 10 of our top hounds are brought to the club and are paraded on leads on the polo field. A 'line' (the artificial scent trial) is laid around the field and the hunt master will set them off to find and follow the scent trail as display of their tracking skills - even in the dark.
Dinner is announced at 8.00pm

A horn call announces dinner is ready and the guests enter the diningroom and take their seats. A splendid three course dinner will be served, showcasing By Word of Mouth's culinary skills.
Toast to hounds
This is a serious note of gratitude to the focus of our sport - the hounds and is a very traditional sign of respect, generally delivered by someone very close to the hound pack, in our case our joint master and huntsman.

The annual awards are presented during the dinner. These include the Hunt of the Season, Horse of the Season and the Best Turned Out. 
Horn blowing competition

It looks and sounds simple, but blowing the hunting horn is very difficult. This is always entertaining with someone always surprising us with his or her skills at replicating the demonstrated hunt calls. Prizes are awarded to the best two or three horn blowers.
Midnight gallop

No Hunt celebration is complete without the traditional gallop parade.
Ladies can can competition
Very popular with the ladies and of course the gentlemen. Prizes are awarded to the best two or three ladies.

Price to be confirmed (inc VAT) per person
Book now with Pauline Butler

011 884 1414

Hunt Calendar

01 Mar 2020 Blue Bird, Hekpoort  Cap Fee: Adults R300, Juniors R150, Cars R300 
08 Mar 2020 Kennels Meet, ICB  Cap fee R400 adults, R150 juniors, R400 per car following. 
15 Mar 2020 Ruffel's Drift  Cap Fee R350 adults, R150 Juniors, R350 per car  
22 Mar 2020 Fairview Vrede  Weekend Away 
29 Mar 2020 Closing Meet ICB  Inanda Country Base 
18 Apr 2020 Rand Hunt Retreat Banquet  Inanda Club, Sandton 
07 Aug 2020 AGM  Inanda Country Base Clubhouse