Wentworth Hunt has three seasons:
|Spring Roading Season|
|Fall Informal Season|
|Fall Formal Season|
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 hunt rain or shine. However, our schedule may change due to severe weather or other factors. Changes to venue or cancellations will be made to our online calendar, posted on the front page of this website, and emailed to members no later than 6:00 am on hunt day.
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! Click here to join us! 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.
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, 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. Click here to join as a member or guest.
During informal season, 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.
(Photo courtesy of Jim Mertz, Suddenly Still Photography)
Fall Formal Season, October and November, is the time of year when hunting is at its peak (we are a drag hunt, 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.
Click here to join as a member or guest.
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!