VISITING THE WORCESTERSHIRE HUNT
A lot of preparation by the Joint Masters goes in to each hunting day by visiting farmers and landowners in the area where the meet is being held. They also keep in touch with local gamekeepers which enables the two sports to work harmoniously.
The joint-masters will brief trail-layers in advance of the day. Suitable trails can then be laid throughout the course of each hunting day. Trails can be laid by people on foot, on horseback or from a quad. The trails will ensure that our historic pack of hounds and followers can enjoy the country that is so generously opened to the Worcestershire Hunt by its supportive farmers and landowners.
The days follow a similar pattern as they did before the Hunting Act 2004 came into force, designed to replicate traditional quarry hunting where there isn’t a set route or a finishing time so hunting scenes appear much the same as they have done for hundreds of years.
If you would like to follow The Worcestershire Hunt either mounted or on foot you should email;
Please ask for advice about parking, you will usually be directed to a farmyard near to the meet where parking is allowed. Please be considerate when parking and do not block drives and respect mown verges.
Farmers and landowners (non subscribing) £50
Visitors/daily cap £80-£120
Children (ages 16 and under) £35 until 1 November, £45 thereafter
Junior (ages 17 to 25) £45 until 1 November, £55 thereafter
Pony Club (ages 16 and under wearing tie and badge) £25 until 1 November £35 thereafter
Autumn Hunting £35 until 1 October, £45 thereafter
Please contact the secretary for Subscription details.
Frequently asked questions
How do I find out where to go, where to park and how much to pay?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What shall I wear and should my horse be plaited?
We try to dress smartly out of respect for the Landowners who let us ride over and enjoy their land. You will be made to feel welcome as long as you are clean and tidy, below is for guidance;
My horse hasn't hunted before, will we be ok?
You won't know until you have tried! We recommend you come on a quieter Autumn Hunting morning so please ask when would be suitable.
Is there anything else I should know?
- Introduce yourself to the Secretary and offer your cap for the day. Please don’t wait for the Secretary to find you.
Ask who the master for the day is and say good morning.
Never overtake the field master, and always listen carefully to his or her instructions.
Always thank traffic that slow down or stops and never block the road.
Don’t park in gateways or driveways unless specifically told you can.
If you hear the shout “huntsman please!” or “whip please!” move to the side and allow them to pass.
Please shut gates if you are the last through unless told otherwise, and if the person in front of you shouts “gate, please!” or any other messages pass it back to the next person.
Never ride across the middle of a field of sown corn, even if you see hunt staff doing so.
Do ask questions about what is going on. The more you understand about a day’s hunting the more you will enjoy it. The Worcestershire Hunt are a friendly bunch and will be very happy to answer your queries.
Please find the field master before you go home and say thank you and good night, which is the traditional way to say goodbye — even at 9am.
The Worcestershire Hunt nor any of the farmers or landowners can be held responsible for any accident or injury to horse or rider or anyone else who follows the hunt. Hunting can be dangerous and it is your responsibility to take all reasonable care and caution for the sake of yourself and others in the Field.
Please ensure you carry an emergancy contact details card with you, these can be obtained at the meet if you need one.
Above all, please be polite and use common sense. We wish to encourage everyone to have a safe and enjoyable day!