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Are you interested in learning more about foxhunting?

We would love to have you join us this season.  We are a "kid friendly" hunt, encouraging foxhunting with our youth, to ensure the future of foxhunting.  Our hunt focuses on families, allowing adults to ride alongside their children in the hunt field.  Our goal is to provide a hunting experience for all levels of riders. The riders can choose between different groups or "fields".  The first field generally fast, prefers to keep up with the hounds.  The second field follows along behind the first field, but at a slower pace, usually walk, trot and canter are involved and jumping is optional.  But even in the first field, riders can go around most of the jumps.  Sometimes we will have a third field that prefers to walk and trot only.  We try to offer something for everyone, including those who ride western.

What is a typical hunt day like?

Hunts are generally held on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.  Riders arrive around 9:00 a.m. to prepare for their ride.  They check in with the secretary, fill out the necessary paperwork and pay their capping fee.  As hunt time approaches, a toast or "stirrup cup" is offered to the adults.  Riders divide into the various fields, depending on their riding skills or their horse's level of experience.  You can always ask to move to another field, once the hunt has started.  The hunt normally lasts a minimum of 1 1/2 hours, with frequent breaks.  The heat of the day and the scent conditions dictate the length of the ride.  After returning to the trailers, a meal is offered so that everyone can share their hunt experiences.

When does hunt season start?

"Roading" of the hounds in August is used for pre-season conditioning.  "Cubbing" begins in August or September.  This is the time, when the young hounds are being trained.  Generally the hounds are coupled in pairs, so that the younger hounds can learn from a hound with more experience.  Since the temperature is still very warm, the rides are much shorter, 45 minutes to an hour at the most.  This is a great time to test your horse and your own skills.  Hunt attire during a cubbing is very casual, polo shirts and breeches.  The opening hunt is normally in November and is a formal affair, requiring hunt coats, stock ties and braiding.  Longacre Hunt usually hunts every other weekend from November to March.

 Where do we hunt?

We hunt in three different locations.  Most of the hunts are located in Dobbin, about 45 minutes north of Tomball.  We also try to schedule a couple of "drag hunts" on Quintana Beach near Freeport.  This is always a hit with the kids and adults alike.  Our third location is near Tomball.

What do we mean by "hunting"?

We have two  different types of hunting.  During the early part of hunt season, we commonly have "drag" hunts, where the scent is dragged on the ground for the hounds to pick up and follow.  This type of hunting is very fast, since the hounds are guaranteed to strike.  As the temperatures cool, we turn to "live" hunting, where we allow the hounds to pick up a scent on their own.  We do not kill our  "prey".  The excitement comes from the chase and the sound of the hounds.