FAQs
Commonwealth Foxhounds - Hunting the Northern Neck of Virginia

What is foxhunting?

Foxhunting is the sport of mounted riders chasing wild quarry with a pack of hounds. It is a union of humans and animals in the beauty of nature's setting. Man is an observer mounted on a horse, the vehicle that allows him to follow and observe the hounds as they hunt the fox.  The scenario unwinds before the foxhunters eyes and ears with the sound of the huntsman's hunting horn as hounds give chase. The fox or coyote maneuvers, circles and runs through the country cunningly evading the hounds.  A more detailed description, including the history, more about the hounds, and the fox is included on the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) website (click here).

What do I wear?

Cubhunting Attire Boots Breeches Vest Coat Shirt Collar Gloves Helmet/Hat
Ladies / Girls Brown or Black Field Boots, Dress Boots Beige, Canary, or Rust Breeches Optional Tweed Coat Conservative White or Colored Riding Shirt Colored Stock Tie with Gold Safety Pin worn Horizontally Chamois, Brown, or String ASTM Helment, Hunt Cap, or Derby
Gentlemen / Boys Brown or Black Field Boots, Dress Boots Beige Breeches Optional Tweed Coat Conservative White or Colored Riding Shirt Conservative Tie to Match Coat Chamois, Brown, or String ASTM Helment, Hunt Cap, or Derby

 

Formal Attire Boots Breeches Vest Coat Shirt Collar Gloves Helmet/Hat
Ladies / Girls Black Dress Boots Beige, Canary, or Rust Breeches Required Black Coat White Riding Shirt White Stock Tie with Gold Safety Pin worn Horizontally Chamois, Brown, or String ASTM Helment, Hunt Cap, or Derby
Gentlemen / Boys Black Dress Boots Beige Breeches Required Black Coat White Riding Shirt White Stock Tie with Gold Safety Pin worn Horizontally Chamois, Brown, or String ASTM Helment, Hunt Cap, or Derby

Do I need a license to foxhunt on horseback?

Yes.  You should carry it with you while you ride.  For more information and to purchase online, go to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website.  If you purchase the license online, you can print it out to use immediately.