Hunting is a traditional sport with traditional values. Within ECH there are
multiple occasions where our attire changes. This is mostly based on tradition,
but with a mixture of new thoughts on the old.
When capping, it is completely acceptable to wear what you might wear in a stadium or dressage ring. This would include; a dark helmet, dark show jacket, beige breeches, tall riding boots, dark gloves, and a shirt with stock tie or rat catcher.
EARLY SPRING/ FALL ATTIRE
Spring and fall can be a fun time to wear your lovely tweeds and fun stock ties. If you have brown boots it is suitable to break them out at this time. Helmets can be brown, navy, black, grey or other colours. A black jacket is more than appropriate, with beige/ light coloured traditional breeches. You can wear a rat catcher or stock tie, while men can wear ties.
Comfortable! Summer rides are designed to be a fun in the sun celebration. A polo shirt, helmet and breeches are encouraged. It is about having fun, and bringing in some new rider faces.
This is what everyone pictures when they think hunting. Braiding is encouraged but not mandatory.
Beige breeches, black tall boots or black with patent tops, white shirt and stock tie, and a black or dark jacket. Helmets should also be black or dark.
With colours: Pinque coats, stock pin, white shirt, stock tie and breeches. Boots are usually black, or black with brown tops. Without colours: Black/ dark jacket, beige breeches, white shirt, stock pin, stock tie, and white shirt.
This is the exciting time where we can pull out all our very best attire. Many ladies wear their shadbelly's for this day instead of their everyday hunt jackets.
After the horses have been tucked in, and us riders have shaken the hay out of our hair, the starved feeling sets in and we head out to a pre-arranged breakfast. Sometimes there are fun themes to get inspired. Other times it is country casual. A blazer, pants, skirt or dress is acceptable. Dressing up is a nice quiet way to say thank you to the hosts of the evening.
Once your horse is looked after and happy in his trailer, the tailgate breakfast is usually waiting. Generally you can wear what you hunted in. Others like to throw their helmet hair under a hat, and lose the field boots for something more comfortable. Usually that is a pair of loafers, flats, or rubber boots if they are needed for that day.
This evening is always a lovely way to recapture the falls’s hunts. It is also a great time to have fun in whatever you feel inspired to wear. From office casual to formal; you can wear your gowns, and formal pinques, or something less formal. It is an evening of celebration and fun.