Foxhunting attire reflects the age-old traditions of our sport, but that tradition is firmly based upon practicality. The attire that the Wentworth Hunt follows is intended to keep riders comfortable and safe in all weather and conditions. We ask members and guests to dress modestly and uniformly as a sign of respect for the traditions of the sport, for our dedicated huntsman, masters, and field leaders, for our faithful horses and hounds, and for our very generous landowners.
(Photo courtesy of Jim Mertz, Suddenly Still Photography)
We are very happy to welcome new riders to our hunt and are proud to have a reputation as a very inviting hunt. Before you come out with us, please read the following information about foxhunting attire and click here to read about hunting etiquette. If you have any questions about the tack and attire that would be most appropriate out of what you already own (we do make exceptions!), please feel free to contact us to discuss options. We are happy to help and look forward to seeing you at our next hunt!
Fall Formal Season, October 2 through November 27, is the best reflection of foxhunting tradition when riders are turned out in their hunting finest.
The kit or turnout for Formal Season is a dark riding coat of black, navy, gray, or dark green, a white long-sleeved ratcatcher shirt, white stock tie and plain, gold pin. A canary or tattersall vest is optional and handy for extra warmth on cold days. Breeches are tan or buff. Riders wear tall black dress or field boots, and black leather or string gloves. Riders must wear an ASTM-approved black helmet, and hair should be pinned up in a bun or tucked into the helmet with a hairnet.
Your horse should be formally dressed in a white shaped (aka fitted) saddle pad, conservative brown or black tack, and conservative colored boots (if any).
Spring Roading, May 15 through June 16, and Fall Informal Seasons, August 14 through September 29, relaxes the dress requirements to accommodate the spring and late summer heat. During these seasons, riders may choose to wear more varied and expressive kits.
Traditional informal attire consists of tweed coats in patterned earth tones, white or colored ratcatcher and matching colored stock tie and gold pin. On warmer days riders may exchange their coat for a tattersall vest or may shed their coats and ties for a white polo shirt. Acceptable breeches are tan, buff, or even rust. Riders traditionally wear tall brown field boots, but black field or dress boots are acceptable, and matching brown, black, or string gloves. Riders must wear an ASTM-approved helmet, black or brown, and hair should be pinned up in a bun or tucked into the helmet with a hairnet.
Your horse should be kitted out conservatively as in formal hunt season, but with the additional option of wearing a square saddle pad with the Wentworth Hunt logo.