WHO WEARS WHAT, WHERE?

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Chasing a Fox aboard Sir Thomas Pink on the left.

With these gals we make a  Point Two wearing trio.  (See, you can tell we have our colors even with our vests on!)

Our season ended last Thursday, but we know a lot of you are in the thick of it!  We thought we would go over the rules. As you know, everything we do while out Hunting has a practical reason.  Here’s one of the reasons we wear our formal kits.  Whether you are out with your pack or visiting another, it’s good to know who’s, who.  If you look at what folks are wearing it will give you a map as to where you should be riding.

  • The professional staff will all be wearing livery jackets with square front corners, five buttons, hat ribbons down and vertical stock pins.
  • Masters will also have square corners, but four buttons, unless the Master hunts the hounds and then they can wear five.  They will have their stock pin horizontal.
  • The field masters will be wearing jackets with round corners and three buttons, and they will be announced at the beginning of the meet.
  • The field should all be wearing jackets with round corners, three buttons, stock pins horizontal and hat ribbons up.

Another distinction you will see in the field are riders with their colors.  The men will be wearing a scarlet jacket with three brass buttons, round front corners, horizontal stock pin and ribbons up.  The ladies with colors will also be wearing jackets with round corners and three buttons.  These buttons will be engraved with the hunt’s insignia.  She will also have the hunts colors on her collar. These folks have been awarded their colors at the sole discretion of the Masters who have recognized them as making a significant contribution to the hunts tradition of sportsmanship and other criteria.

The riders who have been awarded their colors have one more distinction in the order of the field.   They are entitled to ride at the front of the field behind the Field Master.  This is referred to as the “right of colors,” regular hunting members should make way to a member wearing colors.

This is just an overview of one of the reasons we wear our formal attire.  It really does give you a map of who’s who and where you should be.  We also want to point out another important reason for our fancy gear.  We always want to show the utmost respect to our landowners who make this sport possible.

Kick on!

XO

 

 

PENNSYLVANIA HUNT CUP- MRS. FORD B. DRAPER SIDE SADDLE RACE

We were honored to be one of the sponsors for the Mrs. Ford B. Draper Side Saddle Race that took place at this years running of the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup.  We wanted to share a couple of the pictures that we loved from our weekend spent with our dear Side Saddle Sisters and the addition of one very brave Side Saddle Chap, Andrew Camp!  Who knew that Men go sideways too?  That discussion is for another day!

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{Photo Courtesy of Tammie Monaco all rights reserved}

Winning rider Mary Musheno aboard Lucky to Have Him

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Middy n’ Me and Chasing a Fox provided this beautiful cooler to the winning rider!

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{Photo Courtesy of Tammie Monaco all rights reserved}

Andrew Camp aboard Tilly

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{photo courtesy of Ellie Debenham all rights reserved}

Amy Magee aboard Lady winning Best Turned out- Chasing a Fox awarded her our exclusive pillow, available soon on our website.

Our crazy partner in crime Kim Barrett who owns Middy n’ Me videotaping Sixty Minutes who was there doing a story on Steeple Chasing in America.  Who knows maybe we will be on Sixty Minutes when they air the story!

Congratulations to all the brave and fabulous riders that participated in the race.  We just can’t wait till the Spring when this will all start again!

Cheers!

 

BRAND AMBASSADORS FOR POINT TWO

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Chasing a Fox is proud to announce that we have been chosen to be Brand Ambassadors for the Point 2 Air vest. As you all know the journey was long wading through all the options as I recovered from my broken back. I couldn’t be happier with the choice I made.
Good news for all of you too, point two is offering 30% off if you use the code LAUNCH30, but don’t wait because this offer ends on November 2nd.  I ride in the Hunter model; (they are very classic with no big Point Two emblems on them).  I have one in black for the formal season, and I also have one in tweed that looks lovely over my tweed coat for Cubbing.  Here is my pathetic attempt at a selfie wearing my tweed vest while out Autumn Hunting last month. (If only I could carry a selfie stick out there this would have been much better). point-two-tweed
 
 This vest also comes in scarlet for the Gents and navy too.  Navy is going to be my next one so I can wear it with my navy coat and cap.  Although the black isn’t bad over my navy habit as shown here.
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Seriously, we can’t say enough about this brand and the quality of the Point Two Vests.  I don’t think I’d be able to be out Hunting if I hadn’t found it.  Already there are a growing number of my fellow Foxhunters that are choosing to wear a vest even if they haven’t had a fall.  I think in the very near future vests in the Hunt field will be as common as safety helmets.  A good friend of mine came off at our Opening meet, and she was wearing her Point Two.   She said it felt like she landed on a pile of pillows. (That sounds good to me)!
Take advantage of this offer, I know they are pricey, but well worth every penny if you can avoid a serious injury while out doing what you love!
Kick on everyone and enjoy your season!
XO

ODE, TO THE HUNT BREAKFAST

 

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Now that our seasons are up and running, we wanted to share this wonderful article as a little reminder of how to do it right.  Whether you call it a Breakfast or a Supper, it’s an important part of hunting. Read this lovely article written by Rita Mae Brown about the formidable queen of “The Hunt Breakfast” Granny Hahn. We should all aspire to carry on her fine Breakfast traditions.

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Tell us if you have ever hosted and what your favorite traditions are.  Chasing a Fox is getting ready for our annual Hunt Supper and we would love to add something new.

Happy Hunting everyone!

XO

THE MYOPIA HORSE SHOW – SIDEWAYS!

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Susan aboard Sage and me riding Sir Thomas

We thought we would share this clip of the Myopia Horse show.  I of course, am aboard Sir Thomas Pink the only gray in the bunch.  This was a such a big deal for me, as you know just recently getting back on a horse since my accident, nevermind sideways.  After a lot of mental gymnastics and a glass of wine I once again put on my Big Girl pants (or my crazy pants) and went into the ring with all my friends.  I had to do it, how many times in my life am I going to have the opportunity to be entered in a side-saddle class with Susan Oakes.  There was a lot of heavy breathing going on as you will see in the video and even a little crying too.  After we had finished our canter to the left, I was so happy with Thomas I started to cry.  Don’t you just love when your horse allows you to concentrate on your riding and they take care of the rest?  My ride was far from perfect, but we won an acceptable 6th out of eight.  I’ll take that any day, even though I really wanted fifth, the pink ribbon would have looked lovely on Thomas!

Hope you enjoy this as much as I did, as you all should know by now I’m not a horse show gal, but I’ll do it again next year to support my hunt.

Our season started on Thursday; I’ll be taking you all along with me!

XO

 

 

WHAT, YOU DON’T HAVE ONE YET? YOU BETTER GO GET ONE!

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Sissi aboard Sir Thomas Pink

I know I’ve been going on and on about my vest dilemma, but it is finally over.  I am happy to report I don’t just like, but I LOVE my Point Two air jacket.  http://bit.ly/2c3B19s  This past weekend I had the pleasure of riding in the Myopia Horse Show with Sir Thomas and thought I rocked my vest.  The picture above is me in the appointments class; you know what that means.  Proper, Proper, Proper, everything from no saddle pad to no pads in my stirrups and here I was in my shad-belly coat and my Point Two.  The judge made a comment to me that put me at ease.  She said she was glad to see a vest in the show ring, not just on the eventers.  My hope is that vests become as common as safety helmets.  I now have the confidence to move forward and enjoy my new horse out hunting.  Thank you Point Two for offering such an amazing product!

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Works great over a habit too!

We start Cubbing next week and you won’t believe what I have.  Tee-Hee-Hee,  you’ll have to wait and see, but let me just say your gonna want one of those too!!

XO

THE SUSAN OAKES SIDE SADDLE TRAINING ACADEMY

Whoa, who knew this would be so much fun and so informative?  I picked Susan up at the airport on Friday with her Chasing a Fox mascot; boy, is he getting around.  He was just in the Horse Illustrated September issue!

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Anyway, I digress.  I had to zip back to the barn to meet up with a rider coming in with her horse from New York for the clinic.  Lucky for me, my good friends were at the barn cause she beat me back.  With her, all settled in we headed to dinner.  I had organized a small dinner for the ladies riding in the clinic at a local restaurant where we all met and had a great time.

The next morning Susan and I had to go back to the airport to pick up our friend Stephanie Boyer the owner of Grey Lake Stables, who Chasing a Fox put the clinic on with.  After a quick lunch, we headed over for Susan to look at The Myopia Schooling Field.  Susan started the clinic out in our Polo Arena and moved everyone pretty quickly outside.  I was so proud of all the ladies; everyone jumped everything…..sooooo crazy.

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Ashely and Susan

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Angela on her horse Lily

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Day one of the clinic was a huge success, and we headed over to Myopia for dinner at the club.  Thank you to one of our joint masters Kim Cutler for hosting us for dinner and giving everyone a very informative history lesson on the club.

Sunday I was up early going to see just how dirty Sir Thomas was.  Of course, he needed a bath before the clinic, so he was nice and cool to start, he was still a little damp…..Poor Mr. Pink had never jumped before so I asked Susan to take him for a spin.

Squeal, Susan sat on my pony!!!  When I got on him, he was perfectly tuned up and ready to go.  Unfortunately, I was so busy organizing and running around; it’s almost like I wasn’t there.  There are no pictures of me actually riding accept a group one at the end of my lesson…..I hate when that happens.  Oh, well, maybe next time.

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Jess and Fiona-love the look on her face, she’s so calm.  Looks like she’s sitting on the couch.

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Mary Ellen and Chunky Photo Credit: Carla Skinder

In the end, we all graduated from the Susan Oakes Side Saddle Training Academy.  She taught us some great tricks that you could only learn at one of her clinics, so if you ever have the opportunity don’t miss it!

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As you can see, we had a wonderful time and are so grateful that Susan and Stephanie made the trip! Now I have to buy a frame to hang up my diploma!

 

THE LADIES OF THE CHASE

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Chasing a Fox flew down to Virginia to attend the National Sporting Library and Museum’s Sidesaddle Chase Awards Ceremony. http://bit.ly/2bkOiO4 We went to support our good friend Mary Musheno on her winning the United States High-Point Rider award.  Mary was number two overall behind Susan Oakes who won all three races. It was lovely to get together with this wonderful group of like minded women to celebrate a truly inspiring sport.

Our first order of business was to check out the new Side Saddle Cafe. http://bit.ly/2bBBVxA (which was pretty cool!)  One of our favorite parts was the kitschy paintings on the bathroom doors.  (Can you guess who they are?)

The most exciting part of the weekend was the awards ceremony.  Our dear friend Kim, who owns Middy n’ Me worked tirelessly on a sidesaddle collection just for the occasion.  The fashions will be available soon online, and we will be sure to post with a link when they are.  I don’t even know where to start because I want it all!!!  I was lucky to be asked to model the Sir Thomas Pink Skirt which I was drooling over.

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The Sir Thomas Pink skirt, The Valentine skirt, and The Maureen skirt.

The fashion show was a huge success. As you will see in the following videos, It was so wonderful that Cathi Grove lost her mind and stole the whole thing.  (She looks like an upstanding citizen until…)

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She stuffed the mannequins and collection in her car.  I chased her down, but with stacked heels, a fancy purse and a still recovering broken back, I wasn’t very fast!!

As if she didn’t have enough, she wanted the Amy tunic that I was wearing.  Before I knew what was happening she whipped off her shoes, came running at me and threw me over her shoulder.  (She is a firefighter in real life.)  With my feet hanging out the window, she proceeded to drive through Middleburg laughing her head off!   OMG, that was so funny, I almost wet my pants!  It’s all fun and games till someone gets kidnapped.

Eventually, Cathi brought everything back, and we went over to The Salamander Resort and Spa for dinner.  We were so loud laughing that when Amy Magee showed up, she could hear us from the front door.

We headed back to the cabin to pack things up.  I guess I bought more than I should have.  I had to lay on my suitcase to get it closed.sissi laying on suitcase

Needless to say, we had a wonderful weekend.  The only things missing were Susan Oakes, who won the whole series and Stephanie Boyer who lent her Fort Henry, who she rode like she stole him!

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Until we meet again on November 6th at the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup Races.  (Which has added a sidesaddle race!)

Kick on!

XO

Popsicle Headache

 

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That’s right, I’ve had a popsicle headache thinking about my dilemma of buying the right vest for me.  After months of trying to wade through the process of how to be “safe” on my horse. I have finally decided where I will be at least on my way to feeling comfortable.

I have been borrowing a friends “safety vest” while I figured the whole thing out.  After I had started my research, I realized the vest I was borrowing was not even rated……OMG, I may as well have just ridden in my t-shirt.  Well, maybe not that bad, but definitely not the protection I am looking for.

I have read almost everything I could find and talked to absolutely everyone who would humor me with my constant conversation.  I finally pulled the trigger and ordered a vest.  I decided the only thing I could do was to think about it like I was buying a car.  What has the best safety ratings and what would I put my kids in.  In the end, it was a no-brainer, I’m going to be riding in a Point Two Hunter Air Jacket.

As you all know, since my accident I’ve had to look at riding in a whole new light.  I know there is always a certain amount of risk that goes along with this sport. But having the right safety equipment will at least help protect me more than nothing which is what I was wearing before.  I mean, I would never get on my horse without my helmet so now I won’t get on without a vest.

Now, I’m eagerly waiting by the mailbox for my vest.  Hopefully, my popsicle headache will go away.  I’ll tell you all about it when it arrives and what I think.

Until next time, be safe and kick on!

 

CLEAR YOUR CALENDARS!

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If you are going to be anywhere near us on August 20th or 21st you should come.  We have been so lucky to get to know Susan, and we cannot say enough about how wonderful she is.  We are all going to be in Virginia the weekend of August 13th, and we asked Susan if she would come stay with us and do a clinic before she went back to Ireland and she said “YES!”   She and our other gal pal Stephanie Boyer who owns Grey Lake Stables with her soon-to-be husband Ivan Dowling will be jetting in on Friday the 20th and staying with us for the weekend! (Ivan, by the way, was the Huntsman for Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds for over a decade!)  Grey Lake Stables http://bit.ly/29St0bA is a lovely farm in Unionville, PA where they train and sell quality foxhunters, timber racing horses and retrain off-the-track thoroughbreds.

If you don’t realize what a unique opportunity this really is, here are just a couple of other things Susan has done….

In addition to her world records, Susan Oakes’ other numerous accomplishments include:

  • Won the Irish Hunt Horse competition riding Croboy Rambo.
  • Represented Ireland numerous times eventing at junior level.
  • Rode side saddle in two movies, including Lassie.
  • Set the world record for side saddle jumping at 6’5” over the triple bar.
  • Set a world record for jumping side saddle on a Connemara pony over a puissance wall at 1.35m.
  • First woman to open an international puissance competition by jumping the puissance wall aside.
  • Won the inaugural running of the “Dianas of the Chase” side saddle race in England (with a bitless bridle).
  • First jockey, male or female, to win a race over three miles and 15 fences in a bitless bridle.
  • Rode in the world-famous La Touché cup at the Punchestown Racecourse twice.
  • Represented Ireland in the world Arab racing series.
  • Organized two record setting gatherings for ladies hunting side saddle, with 50 ladies in 2013 with Meath Hunt and 62 ladies in 2014 with the Tara Harriers Hunt.
  • Master of the Grallagh Harriers Hunt in Ireland from 2013 – 2016.
  • Rode aside in the inaugural 170th reenactment steeplechase race from Doneraile to Buttevant.
  • Took 2nd place in the first ever running of a side saddle flat race in Wincanton, UK.
  • Participated in a side saddle jumping display at the opening ceremony of the European Championships in Aachen, Germany in 2015 with 50,000 guests in attendance.
  • Holds the astride Irish ladies’ puissance record. So, we’re just saying, she’s done some stuff!!!

So, we’re just sayin, she’s got some street cred!!!

Here are the details for the clinic!

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We hope you can join us for all or part of this!  There is also a rumor that Middy N’ Me will be coming for the weekend too.   let’s see, the last time we were all together it took me a month to recuperate and we will be hanging in Virginia the weekend before too….look out!

Make your plans!!!!!

XO

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