Foxhunting

Bedford Cord Breeches for Foxhunting

These are the ultimate in style and tradition, but they come at a price of £195.00

Wool/Cotton hunting bedford cord breeches, dry clean only
Brace buttons, button fly, high v back and button strappings.
Made in England.

I think I might just order a pair or two today as the foxhunting season is quickly approaching!

By |June 30th, 2013|Foxhunting|Comments Off on Bedford Cord Breeches for Foxhunting

Pick up a Copy of the November 2012 Horse Connection Magazine

Check out the photo essay by Zina Balash in the current issue of Horse Connection, which features the 2012 Arapahoe Hunt Opening Day. Copies are free at your local tack shops throughout the region or you can subscribe at www.horseconnection.com.   

 

By |November 8th, 2012|Foxhunting|Comments Off on Pick up a Copy of the November 2012 Horse Connection Magazine

Riding for Ladies and Ladies on Horseback

Two great free online books from the Project Gutenberg.

Riding for Ladies – 1891

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/39610/39610-h/39610-h.htm#IV Complete with fetching illustrations of appropriate habits.

Ladies on Horseback, 1881  This one includes chapters on hunting:

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/39501/39501-h/39501-h.htm

 

By |June 20th, 2012|Book Reviews, Foxhunting|Comments Off on Riding for Ladies and Ladies on Horseback

The Polo Player’s Annual Foxhunting Braai

While polo is played in South Africa, they have no mounted foxhunting there, so why we have a South African braai after foxhunting, put on by the polo players in the hunt, is a bit hard to explain.  In any event, it’s become the best “hunt breakfast”of the year, and since none of our hunt “breakfasts” are served before lunch time, this is also hard to explain why we call them such.  This description adapted from Wikipedia:

A braai is imilar to a potluck party, this is a social event which is casual and laid-back, where family and friends converge on a picnic spot or someone’s home (normally the garden or verandah) with their own meat, salad, or side dish in hand. Meats are the star of the South African braai. They typically include boerewors, sosaties, kebabs, marinated chicken, pork and lamb chops, steaks, sausages of different flavors and thickness, and possibly even a rack or two of spareribs. Fish and rock lobster commonly called “crayfish” or kreef in Afrikaans, are also popular in coastal areas to add to the braai.

The other main part of the meal in some regions of the country is pap (/ˈpɑːp/, meaning porridge), actually a thickened porridge, or the krummelpap (“crumb porridge”), traditionally eaten with the meat. Made from finely ground corn/maize (similar to polenta), it is a staple of local African communities and may be eaten with a tomato and onion sauce, monkeygland sauce or the more spicy chakalaka (a/k/a trainsmash) at a braai.  The pap is cooked in a potjie pot, which is a cast iron kettle, typically with three legs made to sit on or near the fire side.

Biltong is also popular, which is cured meat, somewhat […]

By |May 2nd, 2012|Cuisine, Foxhunting, polo|Comments Off on The Polo Player’s Annual Foxhunting Braai

Hunting by Ear

Here’s a link to Hunting by Ear.  It’s an old sound recording done in England of hunting sounds, mostly those of the hunting horn.  While the signals vary from hunt to hunt, it’s entertaining to listen to these old recordings. 

http://www.btinternet.com/~countryside.webservice/horn.htm

By |December 11th, 2011|Foxhunting|Comments Off on Hunting by Ear

The Sportsman’s Guide to Shopping

In London:

Farlows, fishing and shooting, www.farlows.co.uk

Lock & Co. Hatters, bespoke hats and hunt caps, www.lockhatters.co.uk

John Lobb, Country boots and riding boots, www.johnlobbltd.co.uk

Henry Maxwell, hunting, polo and field boots www.henrymaxwell.com

Bernard Weatherhill Ltd., coats, vests and breeches, www.bernardweatherill.com

H. Huntsman & Sons, riding habits, scarlet coats, evening coats, suits www.h-huntsman.com

Holland & Holland, shotguns and sporting arms, www.hollandandholland.com

James Purdey & Sons, gunmaker, www.purdey.com

Boss & Co Ltd., gunmaker, www.bossguns.co.uk

By |November 26th, 2011|Fishing, Foxhunting, Wingshooting|Comments Off on The Sportsman’s Guide to Shopping

Devoucoux

In our opinion, Devoucoux is the manufacturer of the finest jumping saddles in the world.  The company produces just a few thousand saddles, using the finest leathers and saddle making techniques.  The company was started in 1985 by Jean-Michel Devoucoux in his workshop in the Basque village of Sare, in the Biaritz region of Spain.

By |September 24th, 2011|Foxhunting|Comments Off on Devoucoux

MFHA Hunt Roster

The 2011 Hunt Roster is out and it is always a pleasure to be listed in it.  The Roster reads like a list of hunts to add to your bucket list and we have been fortunate to have hunted with more a few of them over the years.  We look forward to joining those we haven’t visited yet.

By |September 13th, 2011|Foxhunting|Comments Off on MFHA Hunt Roster

The Ultimate Field Picnic

I was sent a copy of this article on the ultimate picnic party wagon, which is a proper English wooden trailer converted for tailgating for polo matches.   Polo Magazine- Party Wagon Article. I then discovered Christy’s auction of Patricia Kluge’s estate in Virginia, and found that after the Kluge divorce, John Kluge remarried and built another house nearby.  This incredible picnic hamper is the piece de resistance  of the auction.  click article from the New York Times which appeared in December 2005.

Apparently in the 1980’s by the Kluges commissioned the London firm of Asprey, jewellers and silversmith to the British Royal Family, to fashion this picnic hamper containing a full service for sixteen. The wicker trailer holds some 15 wicker cases, each fitted with brass handles and leather straps, with battery-powered hot and cold boxes and a water pump, cases for Bernardaud Limoges china, Baccarat crystal, Asprey silver cutlery, a staghorn bar service, two folding mahogany tables and 16 chairs, complete with the “K” monogram.  The set was estimated at $20,000 to $30,000 and sold for some $144,000.

Although  wicker carryalls have been used since the 1700s, the picnic basket was born in 1901, when British luxury-goods retailers like Asprey started stocking hampers filled with tableware for motorists to enjoy on country drives.  See more at http://driven.urbandaddy.com/2011/08/17/meals-on-wheels/ and http://www.finesse-fine-art.com/Picnic/PicnicArticle.htm.

By |September 13th, 2011|Cuisine, Fishing, Foxhunting, Picnic, polo, Uncategorized, Wingshooting|Comments Off on The Ultimate Field Picnic

Chateau de la Verrerie

Chateau de la Verrerie  is not far from home for us, since we have a special connection with it.  We also have fond memories of the fine dining at la Maison d’Helene, the hospitality of the Comte de Vogüé and his family, and a hunt with his harriers, not to mention a wedding there.  Let’s raise our glasses in a toast to Chateau de la Verrerie, as it remains deeply rooted in our memories and, we hope, in yours.

By |August 3rd, 2011|Foxhunting|Comments Off on Chateau de la Verrerie