Post by ariadne on Jun 15, 2019 14:50:26 GMT
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THE PEMBERTON HUNT PRESENTS
The Newcomers' Weekend
[ upstate new york,
late october ]
Every year in mid-September, the Pemberton Hunt Club- founded in 1884- hosts the first hunt of the season.
You are not invited to that hunt.
You are, however, cordially invited to participate in the club’s annual ‘newcomer’ weekend, typically held in late October. The purpose of the event is to bring together those new to but interested in the sport of fox hunting, and to grant them the chance to try it out for themselves in a slightly less formal environment, without fear of bungling the etiquette or getting underfoot (or underhoof!) of seasoned riders, whilst still learning and participating under the guidance of experienced field staff.
WHO MAY ATTEND?
You do not need to be young, fit, brave, or know anything about fox hunting! This event is open to riders aged 10 years and up (minors must, however, be accompanied by an adult) The Pemberton Hunt requires only that participants are courteous and capable of keeping control of their horse, both on the ground and in the field. All riders will be assessed by a Field Master prior to the Hunt to determine if it is safe for them to ride or not.
WHAT ABOUT MY HORSE?
The Pemberton Hunt recommends all riders hunt on a sensible horse who knows how to stand quietly, will not kick other horses or the hounds, and is not panicked in mud, scrub, or open country. Horses do not need to be especially fast or good jumpers to participate, though those who have difficulty over obstacles should alert the Field Master so alternate routes can be made available.
- Event Schedule -
12 PM - PEMBERTON COUNTRY CLUB
Welcome to beautiful and historic Pemberton! The first event of our weekend will be a group lunch, hosted in the sumptuous ballroom of the Pemberton Country Club. Become acquainted with your fellow riders over canapés and drinks inspired by the region and its specialties, and get to know the hunt staff who will be guiding you during the hunting tomorrow.
3:00 PM - PEMBERTON COUNTRY CLUB
Participants are to be assembled in the field by the stables to have their riding proficiency, horse’s condition, and equipment suitability assessed by the Field Masters. In addition, hunting rules and jargon will be briefly explained and each rider will be assigned a position in the Field.
After assessment, embark on an optional group trail ride through the serene wood and fields of Pemberton's outskirts.
8:15 AM - PEMBERTON COUNTRY CLUB
Tally ho! The Hunt starts at 8:15 AM and the hounds will not be waiting for late risers! The stables will be open from 5:00 AM; it is recommended participants arrive at least an hour before departure to ensure they and their mounts are ready to ride on time.
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
The Hunt is expected to finish anytime from mid-morning to noon, leaving participants the afternoon free to spend as they see fit. Perhaps wander into Pemberton’s historic town for lunch and a spot of shopping, or enjoy a picnic and a walk with stunning autumn views at nearby Heartbreak Lake. Or, for those in need of pampering, perhaps enjoy a spa bath, sauna, or massage at the Country Club’s spa facilities, which will be open to hunt participants this afternoon.
6:15 PM - PEMBERTON COUNTRY CLUB
What would the weekend be without a taste of a Hunt Ball? Glamour up for one last jaunt together, recounting good memories and laughing about who fell off over dinner and dancing in the splendour of the Club's ballroom at night.