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Recent Member’s Meeting

As most of those involved with the Fraser Valley Hunt Society are aware, the organization has arrived at a crossroads with all three existing joint masters, Ray Wise, Kathrine von Trebra, and Karen Hatch resigning their positions and with Karen also retiring as our long-term huntsman. This of course leaves the Hunt in a difficult position, and accordingly a special meeting of the members was held on Sunday May 1, 2016 to consider the future. The discussion centered around the practicality of continuing the society at all, and the safety and liability issues of riding to hounds. The following resolution was passed unanimously at the meeting:

To continue the Fraser Valley Hunt Society, finding alternative homes/accommodations for the hounds currently in kennels. The intention is to continue hunting without hounds until such time as it becomes feasible and responsible to reinstate hunting with hounds.

This resolution provides for the continuation of the club, although at least in the near term, and possibly permanently, in a modified manner. As well, everyone involved recognizes that losing the collective experience of these long time contributors will create a void which will be extremely difficult to fill. The society owes a huge debt of gratitude for the contributions these individuals have made over the years.

By acclamation, a new board of directors was appointed at the meeting with the task of carrying forward the business of the society. The new board consists of Roger Bate, Aar Koeman, Carol Champion, Anna Strangway, John Strangway and William Donnellan. In the coming weeks and months this group will be working to set a new course forward, grappling with issues and priorities such as, how and when it will be feasible to again ride to hounds, recruiting new members and finding new territory in which to ride. Overriding all of the issues will be the requirement to balance the budget and generate additional revenue, as maintaining the pack and obtaining the capable and competent help required to safely and enjoyably ride to them, is the societies biggest expense. The board will require the assistance and commitment of everyone who would like to see this tradition continue.

Stay posted for more information. For questions, suggestions, or offers of assistance, email fraservalleyhunt@gmail.com or feel free to contact any of the board members.

The Board of the Fraser Valley Hunt Society

Riding To Hounds With The Fraser Valley Hunt Club

Fraser Valley Hunt

The Fraser Valley Hunt Club keeps alive the age-old tradition of riding to hounds.  For the riding enthusiast, nothing can compare to galloping a fine horse, eager to meet his fences, across open country on a crisp fall morning with hounds in full cry.

As in most of Canada and Continental Europe, ours is a ‘drag hunt’ ;  the hounds  follow an artificial scent laid from horseback; no foxes are endangered,  yet the horsemanship, hound handling, camaraderie and excitement of the sport are wonderfully preserved.

Since the course taken can be predicted, the integrity of the farmlands loaned for the purpose is preserved, and the safety of the horse and rider is emphasized.

Most ‘hunts’ last 1 ½ to 3 hours, riding over varied terrain in spectacular countryside not usually available to the public.

 

Why Ride With Us?

Because it’s so much fun for both horse and rider. Horses love, thrive, and benefit from the opportunity to gallop freely, exercising their jumping skills, while riders revel in the thrill of this exciting, yet non-competitive sport.  It’s ideal for conditioning eventers and jumpers, and builds confidence and skills for any trail horse and rider.

The hunt is divided into groups, called ‘fields’, according to the speed ridden, so riders from all walks of life and virtually any age group can enjoy the experience.

New riders, or green horses, need not jump or fast gallop; they  can start in the “hill-topping” field with their own Fieldmaster travelling at a reasonably sedate pace at the back, and move up to the  Second Field  which travels at an easy canter as they build confidence.

Advanced riders can challenge themselves over both manmade and natural jumps in  the First Field   immediately behind the  Huntsman and hounds  and pursuing at a full gallop. The field masters in the hilltopping and second field will ensure, fences and obstacles can be jumped or avoided at the rider’s discretion.

To cap off the morning’s excitement is the opportunity to socialize, relax and swap stories at the traditional hunt breakfast which follows. The camaraderie and good sport experienced by the Fraser Valley Hunt would be impossible without an eclectic mix of members. We are actively seeking new-comers and invite one and all to enjoy the unique and timeless tradition of riding to the hounds with us.