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  • JOHN LASKEY

    Master Of The Foxhounds

    WELCOME to the traditional fox hunt in Millman Meadows. Our 75th annual hunt will celebrate the memory of the old landowner and the great hunter, Lord Edward Millman. This Boxing Day will include everything we appreciate as hunters; horses and hounds, tea and scones, whiskey and friends.

    After the hunt, we will celebrate the catch of the day with an exclusive banquette in the historic Lord Millman Foayer. The attire of the day is Traditional Hunting, so put on your red jacket and high hat. Let us all enjoy a beautiful day in the fields with our best friends, both the ones on two and four legs.

    Blow the horn and let the hunt begin!

  • HUNT&HER I TA G E

  • The most famous fox-hunter in literature is Surteess humble grocer Mr Millman, who proclaimed the virtues of country life with characteristic exuberance: Londons a good place, to be sure, but oh my beloved earers, there is no misery like that of solitude in a big crowd, or inconvenience like that of livin with men without being able to afford to partak otheir plissures. Londons the rich mans paradise, the poor mans .

    Many rusticated visiting London swells. A lot of noisy, perfumed, chattering coxcombs, Surtees observed in disgust. The keenest sportsmen, then as now, cared nothing for an exquisite turnout andfashionable conversation. They were indeed monastically devoted to the breeding and working of horses and hounds.

    They were brave, often idiotically so. They fell, fell, and fell again, hurtling over the big fences and into the bogs, thinking life or limb well lost in the sacred quest. They bonked a lot. Fox-hunting and adultery are inseparably entwined. Those of us who live in the country yet are rotten horsemen have always been madly jealous of the success with women of a good man to hounds.

    Fox hunting is an activity involving the tracking, chase, and sometimes killing of a fox, traditionally a red fox,

    by trained foxhounds or other scent hounds, and a group led by a master of foxhounds.

    MILLMAN

    LORD

  • Foxhunting is the sport of mounted riders chasing a wild quarry with a big pack of hounds. It is a union of humans and animals in the beauty of natures setting. Man is an observer mounted on a horse, the vehicle that as allows him to follow and observe the many hounds as they hunt the fox. The scenario unwinds before the foxhunters eyes and ears with the sound of the huntsmans hunting horn as the hounds give chase. The fox or coyote maneuvers, circles and runs through the country cunningly evading the hounds. The music of the hounds in full cry is laced with the sound of the horn echoing off the woodlands and hills as they pursue the quarry across plains or through woods, fields, creeks, marshes and over rock walls and fences. A crescendo of sounds and sights that thrill you beyond imagination play out in front of you and your horse until the fox goes to ground or hounds lose the scent and the hunt is over. One can compare it to a theatrical production with mother nature the conductor and the hounds in full cry, accompanied by the hunting horn and the orchestra. Man is the audience privileged to watch, as hounds and fox or coyote, the actors, unveil the plot with never ever the same act repeated twice.

    HONOR

    HERITAGE

    &

  • TALLY HO!

  • The phrase was first brought to England by William theConqueror, an avid stag hunter, after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The old Norman phrase was Tya Hillaut and was shouted when a deer had been found. It became the phrase Tally Ho in England, and is still shouted in fox hunts today.

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  • In speaking of hounds, there are a certain ways of speech which distinguish those who know from them what dont. This is so of sports generally - no sailor would speak of a mast as a pole, although it is one. Hounds are hounds, NOT DOGS. However, correcting a nonfoxhunter who calls a hound dog is in bad form. Hounds are counted in couples. A male hound is known as a dog hound. Likewise a female hound, no matter how exemplary, it is known as a bitch. A hound has a stern instead of a tail. When he moves same, he feathers hisstern. A hound never barks, he opens, gives tongue, or speaks.

    When hounds are in covert, the Huntsman will place himself so as to best influence their movements in drawing for the fox. You should, of course, remain with the Field Master. Never go ahead of the draw . If the Huntsman turns and comes back toward you, STAND STILL with your horse facing the hounds. When a hound finds a fox, if you are listening and not talking, you will hear him speak and sense the thrill which stops in their tracks all who hear it. The other hounds flock to confirm the find, and the Huntsman decides quickly whether to cheer the other hounds on or to await a more reliable witness. Once satisfied, the Huntsman cheers the hounds together and gives a series of short sharp blasts called doubling the horn to call hounds together. Stay with the Master who knows thecountry and will do his utmost to keep the field in view of the sport.

    Fox hunting is an activity involving the tracking, chase, and sometimes killing of a fox, traditionally a red fox,

    by trained foxhounds or other scent hounds, and a group led by a master of foxhounds.

    THE MONARCH of THE ANIMAL

  • ALL ON All hounds present and accounted for.

    BABBLE To give tongue on scent other than fox, or on no scent, or on a scent too faint to follow.BTCH PACK A pack of hounds consisting only of bitches (females), reffered to only as bitches, not as bitchhounds.

    BREAKFAST The meal after hunting is over, no matter the time of dag Originally this was a meal served to early arrivals by the host or owner og the place where the hunt met.

    BRUSH A foxs tail.

    COFFEE HOUSING When people are chattering instead of paying attention.

    COLORS The colored coat collar that distinguishes the unigorm of the hunt, usually accompanied by hunt buttons; to be awarded colors is to be given the right to wear them.

    CRY The sound given by hounds when hunting.

    FEATHERING A hound feathers when he indicates, by actions rather than by voice, that he is on a line or near it. The stern is waved and activity is concentrated and intensified.

    HONOR One hound honors another when he gives tongue on a line that another hound has been hunting.

    KENNEL The place where hounds are kept.

    LARK To jump a fence unnecessarily, when hounds are not running or when hacking home.

    LIFT To carry hounds forward. The huntsman lifts hounds by encouraging them forward.

    LINE The trail of the fox.

    MARK When a hound indicates that a fox has gone to ground.

    VOCABULARY

    This is a fairly comprehensive list of terms specifically related to fox hunting. Some of these terms are a trifle old-fashioned

    but, as we all know, foxhunters value tradition and the old ways above most other qualities.

  • MASK A foxs head.

    MASTER This almost always refers to the Master of Fox Hounds (MFH), the person responsible for the hunting and the organization of the country.

    PANEL A jump built into a fenceline specifically for foxhunting.

    RATE A vocal warning given to correct hounds.

    RIOT When hounds are hunting any game other than the intended.

    RUN Describes the action after hounds find the line of a fox. A good run is also a good hunt (the term hunt should refer to a run and not to a meet).

    SCENT The smell of a fox and the physical and chemical phenomena by which the smell gets from the foxs footprints to the hounds nose. Scent can be good or bad, easy to follow or not, depending on various factors including the weather.

    SPEAK When a hound gives tongue. (One would never say a hound was barking . . .)

    STIRRUP CUP A drink to be shared at the meet before hunting, so called because it was originally held at stirrup iron level by the person serving.

    TAG The white tip on a red foxs brush.

    TERRITORY The area officially designated by the MFHA where a hunt is allowed to operate.

    THRUSTER A member of the field who rides too close to staff or hounds.

    TONGUE A hound gives tongue when he proclaims with his voice that he is on the line of a fox.

    VIEW To actually see the fox. Should a member of the field view, he or she should quietly inform the Master right away.

    VIEW HOLLOA The high pitched cry given only by a staff member when a fox breaks covert.

    VIXEN A female fox.

    WARE A shortening of the word beware, i.e. ware hole, ware wire, etc. Should not be used to alert the field to passage of individuals.

    WHIPPERS-IN The staff members who assist the Huntsman with discipline and behavior of hounds in the hunt field. They may also assist with kennel duties and hound exercising.

  • LET THE HUNT BEGIN

  • Everyone hunts for different reasons. Pursuing an ancient sport with a traditional appearance is often very appealling to a lot of people. The distinctive clothing is frequently the very first thing people ask about. Thats fine but theres so much more to the sport! You dont spend your Saturdays getting up a 4 a.m. to take part in a fashion show! Even though considerable ink has been spilled describing what to wear, try to keep things in perspective.

    Presenting a uniform, in its neat, and traditional appearance is not because of exclusivity or snobbiness. It shows respect for the hunt, the landowners, and the sport in general. Do not let concern about correct attire keep you from hunting!

    ACCESSORIES

  • VIEW HOLLOA.

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    Some might wonder why foxes in their natural environment bother to run such long dista