Info about Red Mountain Hounds
Foxhunting has a certain mystique that too often has discouraged many interested people from pursuing the sport. Part of this is the sport's reputation for being a past-time of the wealthy. The Red Mountain Hounds (RMH) takes pride in being a club that offers congenial family-oriented fellowship, healthy outdoor activity and a love of horses and hounds to anyone who can afford to own a horse.
RMH and Kennels operate out of Rougemont NC, 20 minutes north of Durham. RMH is an organized and recognized hunt which complies with rules and regulations of the Masters of Foxhounds Association of America. Red Mountain Hounds hunts on Wednesdays and Saturdays plus additional days for joint meets with other Hunts and holidays.
The social interaction and non-competitiveness of foxhunting at RMH is what is unique and special to this equestrian discipline. Mounted on horseback, you become part of natures theater-through the thick of the Carolina woodlands and meadows. Hunt breakfasts are held after each formal hunt. Joint meets will often take place out-of-town. Additionally, the hunt sponsors Horse Shows, Terrier Races, hunter paces and numerous social activities including the preseason party, landowners party, the Hunt Ball at Treyburn Country Club and the End of Season Party.
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To foxhunt, a rider should be confident and comfortab1e at a walk, trot, canter, and hand gallop. They should have some experience trail riding and riding with a group. Experience in jumping would be helpful but not mandatory as jumping is optional. Beginning riders and new horses frequently start with the Hilltoppers. The Hilltoppers follow behind the main "Field" and keep a comfortable pace yet still enjoy the excitement characteristic of hunting. So there are many options and levels in which riders and horses new to fox hunting can participate.
When Ive seen pictures of fox hunting, the riders are wearing the traditional attire: hats, coats, breeches and tall boots. What attire is required?
Fox hunting is a sport based on tradition and convention, thus proper attire is required. However, a newcomer doesnt need to immediately purchase hundreds of dollars worth of riding apparel. A hard hat must always be worn while hunting. Formal attire consisting of : a plain black or dark hunt style coat with a white shirt, with a white stock tie and plain gold pin, tan or buff breeches, and tall black boots, is always proper. Leather boots are desirable, however rubber or leather-like ones are acceptable. Newcomers are encouraged to outfit themselves with the basic formal attire before rushing into more expense. This same philosophy applies to tack and equipment.Isnt fox hunting "a rich mans sport?"
There is a subscription fee to join a Hunt. Subscription fees are different for students, individuals and families. Its small compared to the cost of competing in a season of horse shows. The current fee for an individual membership is $1175. This fee helps to cover the costs of the huntsmans salary and the year-round care and management of the hounds and kennels. All other expenses and labor are volunteered.
Alternatively, if you arent ready to hunt on a weekly basis, a Social Membership is available for $135 per season. Social members receive the hunt newsletter, and invitations to special events. Social members may also hunt 3 times per season at the cost of $40 per hunt.
Family Membership$1675, Student Membership $575, Junior Membership $575
Capping Fee Seniors $40, Juniors $20
For more info about Red Mountain Hounds, download the RMH Booklet.
Quotes from members
The wonderful country side, the spontaneity and pageantry of the hunt, fox hunting gives me something fun to do with my horse every Saturday and Wednesday during hunt season. Prior to joining RMH, it was difficult finding a group of friends who would be available to ride especially if the weather was a bit dreary. Catherine Stevens
Ive shown Jumpers all my life. I find that my horse enjoys fox hunting and the reprieve from the show circuit. Riding in the hunt field seems to make him a bolder jumper. My friends at the shows want to know my "secret" training techniques. Jim Hayward
Im not a real competitive person and but I enjoy riding cross country. A good horse, good friends, and beautiful country, what more could you ask for? Stephie Child MFH
Growing up, I enjoyed riding western pleasure and rabbit hunting with my beagles. Foxhunting is a perfect combination of my love of horse and hound. Gary Riggs MFH
welcomes new members and invites you to contact us for additional information regarding foxhunting.
Red Mountain Hounds,
c/o Steve Long, PO Box 1058, Roxboro NC 27573