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 WWH Member Eric Schneider)
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, please feel free to contact us to discuss options. We are happy to help and look forward to seeing you at our next hunt!
Formal season (October and November) is the best reflection of foxhunting tradition when riders are turned out in their hunting finest.
(Photo courtesy of WWH member Eric Schneider)
The kit or turnout for Formal Season is a dark riding coat of black, navy, gray, or dark green, a black covered ASTM-approved safety helmet, tan or buff breeches and tall black dress boots. A canary or tattersall vest is optional and handy for extra warmth on those cold rides. A white stock tie and gold pin and either leather or white string gloves complete the formal costume. 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).
Informal season (May through June and August through September) relaxes the dress requirements to accommodate the spring and late summer heat.
Riders may shed their coats and ties for a white polo shirt or white ratcatcher and tan, buff, or rust colored breeches. Tall brown field boots are traditional, but of course black dress or field boots are always acceptable. On cooler days, riders may choose to wear a tweed coat and white or colored ratcatcher with matching stock tie and pin. 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.