Anyone who has attended a Virginia fox hunt has seen horses and riders at their best. It’s a tradition-bound sport, known as riding to the hounds because the hounds lead the riders on their journey. Charlottesville is ideal for equestrian activities such as foxhunting because the sport has deep roots of tradition in Virginia as well as the support of many hunt clubs. Many Virginia estate owners share riding privileges with their neighbors over vast acreage in the beautiful countryside of Central VA, so hunts may begin at the local horse farms and other take place in the neighboring counties. Foxhunting attracts riders from many states who want to be able to participate. Below are links to the major hunt clubs around Charlottesville so that you can check out their latest hunt schedules.
Deep Run Hunt Club
Charlottesville Farmington Hunt Club
Charlottesville Keswick Hunt Club
Oakridge Hunt Club
Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds
Virginia Hunt Week
Virginia Field Hunter Championships
Foxhunting comes with its own set of attire and etiquette, much of it from the sport’s origins in England during colonial times. There is meaning and stature indicated by the jacket, the colors, the gloves, and other items. Here are the basics of foxhunting etiquette. Each year since 1929, Grace church in Keswick has celebrated a Blessing of the Hounds. The hounds are an integral part of the spirit and history of the fox hunt.