Attire and Etiquette


Riding to hounds has many deeply-rooted traditions, one of which is the way we dress ourselves and turn out our horses. We have two styles of dress:


  • Formal Attire

  • Informal Attire, known as Ratcatcher


We recognize that our guests may not have all the appropriate attire. Just try your best! Guests are always welcome to wear their hunt colours or similar attire. Western tack and smart Western attire is always welcome whether riding as a Member or Guest.


Approved ASTM helmets are obligatory, as are boots with a heel. Safety vests are optional but recommended.

Formal Attire


Formal attire is to be worn at Opening Meet and every Saturday during the Formal Season until Closing Meet, afterwhich time Informal Attire is to be worn every Wednesday and Saturday.


Formal attire for men who have been awarded their colours with TNYH includes a formal pink hunt jacket, while a black jacket is worn by men without colours.


Ladies of TNYH with colours wear a black jacket with blue collar, and those without wear a black jacket.


Men and ladies wear light coloured breeches, white shirt and stock, and black boots, helmets and gloves.


Western tack and smart Western attire is welcome whether riding as a member or guest.


Informal Attire (Ratcatcher)


Informal attire (Ratcatcher) is to be worn every Wednesday and Saturday during Spring Season (mid-April to the end of May) and Summer Season (mid-August to the Opening Meet in mid-Sept), and on Wednesdays during the Formal Season (after Opening Meet to Closing Meet, afterwhich time Ratcatcher is to be worn every Wednesday and Saturday).


Ratcatcher attire includes brown or black boots, tan breeches, a tweed or light coloured jacket, coloured shirt, tie or coloured stock ties, black or brown helmet, tan or string gloves.


Western tack and smart Western attire is welcome whether riding as a member or guest.

What you need to know!


  • Arrive early and be mounted 15 minutes before the appointed starting time.

  • Inexperienced horses and horses new to the field must have a green ribbon in their tail and be kept at the back. A horse that may kick should have a red ribbon in its tail and be kept strictly at the very back of the field.


  • Always allow one horse length between yourself and the horse ahead of you. However, it is very important that you keep up with horse ahead of you and do not lag behind.

  • If you are uncomfortable with the pace, you may ask the Field Master's permission to move to a slower field or to be excused. Return to the trailers, preferably with a companion.

  • Keep to the edges of roadways and ride in single file so as not to block traffic. Ride on the edges of fields unless instructed otherwise.

  • Do not pass the Field Master.

  • Speak in a subdued voice and limit conversation in the field.

  • Bring water for your horse.

  • Have fun!

For detailed information refer to the TNYH Handbook.