Riding as a guest or “capping” provides you with the opportunity to try hunting and to decide if this is something you and your horse would like to do! Valid for one year you can purchase up to 4 caps per year – plenty of opportunity to fall in love with hunting!
The Ottawa Valley Hunt has two distinct seasons and cost of capping varies depending on the season.
In the Spring we hunt on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and the cost to cap is as below:
In the Fall we hunt on Wednesdays and Saturdays (and Thanksgiving Day) and the cost to cap is as below:
As a general rule you and your horse should be comfortable riding outdoors with a group of horses. Depending on your and your horse’s experience you should choose which field you would feel most comfortable riding with. To allow different levels of riders to enjoy hunting the Ottawa Valley Hunt provides three fields:
First Field – this is the group (“field”) of riders who follow most closely behind the Huntsman. This field is the fastest and will often gallop and does the most jumping. Better suited to more experienced riders and hunt horses.
Second Field – this is a great option for people who enjoy cantering and would like the option of jumping (there is always a way to go around a jump if you don’t want to go over it!).
Third Field – this is a more sedate group with no jumping allowed and which will proceed at a slower speed. Ideal for less experienced riders or green horses or simply those riders who prefer to take things a little easier.
We also offer a “Coaches Cap” which allows coaches to hunt with us at No Cost when accompanied by two or more students! This would be a great way to help your students build their confidence and really experience the joy of riding cross country.
After your hunt you are invited to come and socialize with our members at our lovely clubhouse located in Ashton. Here you will enjoy a sumptuous dinner – all included in the price of your cap!
A typical day of drag hunting takes 2 – 3 hours and then all riders are invited back to our clubhouse at the Hunt Farm in Ashton for a wonderful dinner (known as a “Greenbox”) where the day’s events are discussed, the laughter begins and the fun continues.
If you are not comfortable with the field you are in (maybe it is too fast or too slow) or if your horse is misbehaving, you are permitted to change fields (with the permission of the Fieldmaster) at the next check. If you feel the need to leave the hunt (perhaps because your horse has lost a shoe or is misbehaving) advise your Fieldmaster, who will make sure you are accompanied back to your trailer by an experienced hunt member.