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Clothing

The rider must wear clothes appropriate for the hunting season -- i.e. ratcatcher or formal - as defined on the fixture card. The tradition of the sport of foxhunting requires riders to be perfectly dressed in the requisite riding attire. Correct attire signals a sign of respect for the sport, the Masters, the landowners and the hunt itself. As well, hunt attire is designed for safety. Norfolk's landowners and spectators are accustomed to seeing well groomed horses and riders. Every hunt has specific nuances to dress in the field. Requirements for riders with Norfolk follow.

Formal Attire for Men and Women without Colors
  • Black jacket, with black buttons (dark colored jackets are not permitted during formal season)
  • Tan breeches
  • Tall black leather riding boots (preferably dress)
  • White hunt shirt with neckline
  • White stock tie, properly tied, with ends tucked securely inside jacket
  • Gold stock pin
  • Yellow or tattersall vest (optional)
  • Tan leather, white or yellow string gloves

Formal Attire for Men with Colors
  • Scarlet jacket with Norfolk green wool collar and brass Norfolk buttons
  • White breeches
  • Tall black leather Top Boots (black with brown or mahogany tops)
  • White hunt shirt with neckline
  • White stock tie, properly tied, with ends tucked securely inside jacket
  • Gold stock pin
  • Yellow or tattersall vest (optional)
  • Tan leather, white or yellow string gloves

Formal Attire for Women with Colors
  • Black jacket with Norfolk green wool collar and brass Norfolk buttons
  • Tan or canary breeches (white for staff, ex-MFHs and MFHs)
  • Tall black leather riding boots (preferably dress, patent black tops optional)
  • White hunt shirt with neckline
  • White stock tie, properly tied, with ends tucked securely inside jacket
  • Gold stock pin
  • Yellow or tattersall vest (optional)
  • Tan leather, white or yellow string gloves

Informal/Ratcatcher for Men and Women
  • Tweed or subdued dark jacket
  • Tan, canary, buff, gray or rust breeches
  • Black or brown tall leather boots (either dress or field)
  • Buttoned white, subdued colored or subdued patterned shirt
  • Subdued colored or subdued patterned stock ties, ties or choker collars
  • Gold stock pin
  • Tan leather, white or yellow string gloves

Additional Information
  • Attire for Juniors is the same as for adult riders, ratcatchers are also always permissible for Juniors.
  • Staff members wear formal attire at all times. Staff members wear white breeches.
  • Hairnets must be worn by all riders when hair is longer than can be covered by the helmet.
  • Ready/pre-tied stock ties are not appropriate, as the practical function of a stock tie is to be used as a bandage or a sling.
  • Shiny brass buttons on jackets may only be worn by those riders who have colors, and, therefore, have proper hunt buttons.
  • Riders may carry crops, bats or hunting whips
  • If a rider wears spurs, s/he must take them off before attending the breakfast or tea following the hunt. All riders are encouraged to wipe off their boots prior to attending a breakfast or tea.
  • All riders must wear helmets. Helmets must be either velvet/velveteen on the outside. Velveteen covers for certain safety helmets are permissible if the rider does not have a formal helmet.




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