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Spring 2023 Intro to Foxhunting

    This event targets those who are new to fox hunting and want to learn more about this exciting sport. We welcome and accommodate riders at all levels.

    The goal of this clinic is to convey the main aspects of fox hunting and share with participants the thrill of being outdoors mounted on a horse back and galloping or just walking behind a pack of hounds through the woods and open fields of New England.


    Ayer Mountain Farm
    55 Ayer Rd, North Franklin, CT


    May 7th, 2023 9:30 AM

    Please arrive early to register, just as you would for a hunt.



    Make checks payable to:
    Tanheath Hunt Club
    Contact: Darcy Johnson MFH (

    Contact: Darcy Johnson, MFH at ‭(860) 942-6448‬ (


    The morning begins with a lecture covering all aspects of foxhunting, including a brief history, rules, etiquette, and an explanation of Drag Hunting.

    We discuss proper attire for horses and riders. We explain the staff positions of Master, Huntsman, Whipper-In, Wheel Whips, Fieldmasters, and the fox. We explain how to ride in a hunt to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants – the hounds, horses, riders as well as spectators and guests.

    The session then continues with the mounted part where riders are able to practice the field exercises they would use on a hunt. Once everyone has the basics and feels comfortable, we will go on a short mock fox hunt. Those, who wish may also take a few jumps.

    Mounted exercises with 2020 participants.


    Tall boots and hard hats required.

    Riders should wear light-colored breeches and a white shirt. Short-sleeves are OK; it can be still quite hot in early September.


     Coggins test and a proof of rabies vaccination must be available to the officers at the registration desk.

    Jumping exercises supervised by the Tanheath MFH to assess riders’ ability and level of comfort.