Every sport has it’s own unique terminology and the hunt sport is no exception. Following are a number of commonly used terms that you may hear in the hunt field.
Appointments – uniform or livery of the hunt. Black Melton frock coat. Canary Vest. Tan breeches. Traditional Black boots. Bowler or hunt cap with harness. White shirt and white stock with plain gold stock pin. Gloves, brown leather or chamois. Blunt spurs if worn. Crop with thong and lash.
Away – the hounds are following the line of scent.
Babbler – unnecessarily noisy hound.
Capping fee – payment for the day’s hunting, for the maintenance of the hunt.
Cast – hounds seek to find the scent, either on their own or at the urging of the Huntsman who “casts” the pack.
Check – a pause in the hunting, when the hounds lose the line of scent or the run is completed and the riders stop together. Generally there are 4 to 5 checks in a hunt.
Colors – distinctive colours of coat and buttons each hunt club adopts as their livery..
Couple – hounds are counted in pairs. Five couple would be 10 hounds.
Cry – voice of the hounds as in “full cry”
Cubbing, Cubhunting – a cub is a young fox, cubbing season tests the young hounds in the field before the formal hunting season begins.
Drag, Drag Hunt – scent of fox, a hunt where an artificial scent is laid and followed by the hounds.
Entry – hounds “enter” regular hunting with the pack. Young riders are often called “young entry” by older members of the hunt.
Field – riders of the hunt, but not the hunt staff.
Fieldmaster – hunt staff member in charge of the field of riders during the hunt.
Fixture – list of places, times and dates the hunt meets. A fixture card is sent to members.
Hold Hard – a command used by staff – Stop NOW.
Huntsman – hunt staff member who controls the hounds in the field.
Lark – jump unnecessarily and irresponsibly
Line – trail and scent of the drag.
Master – Master of Foxhounds (MFH) person in command of the hunt in the fields and kennels.
Meet – assembling of staff, members, hounds to hunt.
Panel – jump-able portion of fence or obstacle.
Point – straight line distance of a run
Ratcatcher – informal dress worn during cubhunting season. Black, brown or grey tweed coat. Tan, buff or brown breeches. Black or brown boots. Hunt cap with harness. White shirt and white stock with plain gold stock pin. Gloves, brown leather or chamois. Blunt spurs if worn. Crop with thong and lash.
Rate – warning or correction of the hounds by the Huntsman.
Riot – game that hounds chase other than a fox or a drag scent.
Run – a gallop for the field when the hounds are on a line.
Scent – physical odour of a fox such as his urine that the hounds follow, can vary with weather and ground conditions.
Speak – hounds give tongue or voice.
Staff – huntsman and whips.
Stern – tail of a hound.
View – sight a fox.
Ware – a caution – WARE hound, WARE wire, WARE hole. An action which if not heard, can be seen to warn others following to beware of danger.
Whipper-In – hunt staff member who assists in controlling the hounds.