What is a Drag Hunt?
At the Meet and in the Field
There are good reasons for wearing what seems to be rather hot clothing in the middle of summer. A well-presented hunt field is seen as a sign of respect to the landowner or host who allows us to hunt on his property - a privilege that is not taken lightly. There are compelling safety issues as well. A hat to protect your head, a jacket against grazing and boots with a good heel to stop your foot from going through the stirrup. The only absolutely compulsory items are a safe hat and safe footwear. Without these you will be asked to leave the hunt.
The rest are merely dress guidelines, which you are encouraged to follow.
- A hard at or crash helmet with a suitable black cover, which should fit correctly and where appropriate have a chinstrap.
- A black or tweed jacket (ladies may wear navy blue) with cream or beige breeches should be worn.
- A stock must be worn with a black jacket and should be firmly fixed to the shirt.
- Gentlemen wear black boots with or without brown tops. Ladies wear black boots. Children and juniors may wear jodhpur boots or sensible shoes with a good heel.
- Gloves look smart and prevent blisters.
- A hunting whip with a thong and lash is correct, however a short whip can be carried if needed.
- Long hair should be kept tidy in a hair net.
- Plaiting your horse's mane is encouraged, including the forelock. Do not plait the tail.
These are informal hunt days, usually before the Opening Meet. Men and women preferably wear 'Ratcatcher' comprising of a tweed hacking jacket, tan or fawn breeches, brown or black boots (they should not have brown tops) and a collar and Rand Hunt Club tie. Horses are not plaited.