THE ANNUAL FOXHUNTING SCHOOL FOR HORSE AND RIDERSPONSORED BY THE WICOMICO HUNTSEPTEMBER 2019

​​Foxchasing 101

Est. 1929

​THE WICOMICO 

​​​​​​​​HUNT CLUB 

The sport of mounted foxhunting involves disciplined riding with hounds as they chase a fox across the countryside.  It is very exciting.  No matter what your age, if you enjoy eventing, hunter pace events, or trail riding, consider this school.  It is a comfortable and fun way to learn the basics of this fascinating sport.  The school involves cross-country riding over sometimes challenging terrain at different speeds.  Jumping is not required.  The school also teaches the “strategy” of foxhunting, the organization and etiquette of the hunt, and the importance of safety.  Both horse and rider will have a chance to be with the hounds.  The school builds up to actual autumn hunting with the Wicomico Hunt. The participant is eligible to hunt with the Wicomico Hunt once during the month of October. (Locations to be announced at a later date.) English or western riders may participate.
 

Dates and Times of Sessions:    
Sunday riding sessions will be held at 10:00 am at the Starkey Farm, 13314 Starkey Farm Ln, Galena, MD 21635, on September 8, 15, 22 & 29 of 2019.  We will ride for 2 hours and at noon, we will get our horses untacked and have a 30- minute unmounted educational session.  Each week we’ll have a different topic presented followed by a Q&A session.   Please bring a food or drink item to share as we will have a small tailgate after riding and during our Educational and Q&A period.  Each day we will wrap up around 1 pm.

 
Eligibility and riding requirements: 
Students supply their own mount.  The student should be able to control his or her mount at a walk, trot, and canter.  Jumping is not necessary for the school or for foxhunting, but is sometimes useful.  Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a riding adult. Regardless of discipline, a helmet and boots with a heel are required.  Safety vests may also be worn.

The class will be broken down into groups depending on the ability and experience of horse and rider.  The riding sessions will concentrate on skills and knowledge needed to ride safely in the hunt field.

Each participant will be assigned a mentor at the beginning of the Clinic.  Your mentor will be your go-to person for questions and information.

If you are unsure of your ability or would like some preliminary lessons, you may contact the following people for lessons.  Both are knowledgeable with both Eventing and Foxchasing.  Marty Morani, WHC Huntsman 410.708.1016; Janice Binkley 443.336.7662 or jbcole2@gmail.com


Informational Material: 
Riding to Hounds in America, this is the perfect go-to resource for anyone beginning to foxchase.  It’s the best $15 you’ll ever spend and gives you all of the information you need to start.


Fee: 
The Clinic fee is $150 for adults 18 and over, however, there is no charge for children under the age of 18.  Payable by a check made out to “Wicomico Hunt Club”or by Paypal. If using Paypal, please select the “Friends and Family” option to avoid the fee and use the email address: fox@wicomicohunt.com