Hunt Seasons

Wentworth Hunt has three seasons. In 2022, our seasons are:

 Spring Roading Season
Fall Informal Season
Fall Formal Season

Please check our 2022 Hunt Calendar for dates and hunt locations. During all seasons, we hunt on Wednesdays and Saturdays at various locations around the New Hampshire seacoast and southern Maine. Huntsman and hounds set off at 10:00 am. We ask all riders to be mounted and ready for the pre-hunt mounted meeting at 9:45.

We ride in all weather. On rare occasions when we must change locations or cancel, we will post this information on the top of our home page by 6:00 am hunt day. If you wish to be notified by phone or email directly, please contact our Hunt Secretary at Secretary@WentworthHunt.org.

For information on joining us as a member or guest, please click here.


(Photo courtesy of Jim Mertz, Suddenly Still Photography)


Spring Roading Season

Spring Roading Season begins on Wednesday, May 11, at Tuckaway Farm (click here for information) and continues through mid-June. Spring roading is the first time in the year our Hunt Staff exercises our hounds from horseback. We ride for 60 to 90 minutes at a walk/trot pace with no lines laid (we may ride a canter or jump loop after the hounds retire for those so inclined).

The goal of roading is to get hounds into hunting fitness and is particularly important for the young entry (including our 2021 puppies!) as this is usually their first exposure to horses and to areas outside the kennel grounds.

Members and guests are welcome! There is no capping limit for guests (capping is limited to 3 hunts during fall seasons), and roading does not count towards limits for Associate Members. Please click here for more information.

Spring Roading Season is a great time to introduce yourself and your horse to hunting! We ride hunt territory with staff and hounds, so you and your horse will experience hunting in a slower, more relaxed environment (although there may be opportunities for a bit of a gallop for those so inclined once the hounds retire).

Dress is informal (click here to learn what that means). Not sure you have the correct kit or tack? Don’t go shopping yet! You’d be surprised what is allowed and exceptions are made! Contact our Secretary at Secretary@WentworthHunt.org with any questions.

See our Calendar (click here) for roading dates and locations. Please know that our roading schedule is very fluid as territories and staff allow. We may add organized trail rides and other fun events if our hounds cannot attend some functions for any reasons.


Fall Informal Season

Fall Informal Season, mid August through September, immediately precedes our Formal Season. Younger hounds are just starting their hunting careers, learning to follow a scent and work with the other hounds, and the veteran hounds are getting back into the swing of things.

It’s a great time to join our hunt. The dress is more relaxed and weather-dependent, from polo shirts and ratcatchers on warm mornings to vests and tweed hacking jackets on cooler days. To learn more about informal attire, click here.


Fall Formal Season

Fall Formal Season, October and November, is the time of year when hunting is at its peak (we are a drag hunt and do not actually hunt animals, click here to learn more). Our hounds should now be hunting well and horses are fit and ready, having been through their fall pre-season.

During Fall Formal Season, we dress formally in respect of our beloved hounds, our hard working huntsman and staff, and our generous landowners. Click here to learn more about formal attire.

Our Fall Formal Seasons begins with the Blessing of the Hounds on the first Saturday of October. The blessing of hunting hounds is an ancient practice that today features traditions and rituals developed over the centuries. After the hounds, horses, foxes, foxhunters, and landowners have been blessed, the hunt begins. Please join us for this celebratory day and for many of our fall hunts when riding in New England is finest!


(Photo courtesy of Jim Mertz, Suddenly Still Photography)