Hunting - simply the most fun you and your horse will have this coming winter

Join us this winter for an experience you'll never forget - hunting throughout the Waitemata District. 

Haven't hunted before - no problem

Waitemata Hunt offer training days known as Hunt Schools. These are held in February and are specifically designed for riders and horses new to hunting. Hunt School 2019 will be Wednesday the 6th of February at Huapai Pony Club.  Contact Colin for details.

You might also like to join us for a Puppy Hunt at the start of the season. These are a great introduction to hunting and you can move between three differently paced groups - walking and trotting only, cantering with no jumping, or cantering AND jumping. The puppy hunt information is below. Masters Briefing (unmounted) at 9.30am. Please be ready to ride off immediately after. 

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**2019PUPPY HUNTS**

Don’t panic hunters & hunters to be! I know the season is soon upon us and you may be feeling a little unprepared (I know I am)! Puppy hunts are back for another go, to ease you into what is to be yet another fantastic season! The catch however, is that there are only 3 so you better get your A into G and dust off that gear of yours! Open invitation to everyone and anyone; short, tall, fat, skinny, hairy, clipped out .. oh and you two legged kind too. This is the perfect opportunity to come out and give it a go if you’ve always wanted to try hunting or for you hunters out there needing an excuse to drag your nags out of the paddock.

This is a slower paced day where the huntsman will hold his hounds with a little more control. These puppy hunts aren’t only for you, true to it's name; the huntsman will generally bring out a couple of the new season pups and this is also the perfect opportunity for them to learn the ropes; following a scent, navigating the fences, giving tongue (calling when they pick up the scent) & teamwork within the pack. As the ground is still fairly solid and the soil is dry, this will also play on the huntsman’s decision to have a safe and quietly run day.

There will be several hunt members there as well who are more than happy to help out, share tips & answer any questions you might have throughout the day.

There will be a couple of occasions where the group will pick up trot/canter but if you aren’t 100% confident, you can opt-out at any stage and join in with Lyn who will be leading our walking paced group. She tells a good story or two and is a far better GPS than your Navman 2000 ensuring you make it back to the group without re-tracking 4 times or saying *Siri voice* “proceed to the route” …

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

DRESS CODE:

Casual dress (members included) - It’s hot so be sensible.

DATES & LOCATIONS:

Sunday 10th February: Jackson’s Property, Shine Rd
Directions: Head north on State Highway 16 towards Helensville, turn left at the roundabout and drive through Parakai. Stay on this road for about 17 km. Shine Road is on the right at the top of a hill, not far past the Shelley Beach turnoff & opposite Wilson Road. The property is just a short way down on the right hand side. Look for the HUNT sign.

Sunday 17th February: Green Rd, Dairy Flat
Directions: Search directions for “Silverdale Pony Club” the entrance is about 1.5km down Green road, follow the HUNT sign for correct driveway entry.

Sunday 24th February: Jackson’s Property, Shine Rd
Directions: Head north on State Highway 16 towards Helensville, turn left at the roundabout and drive through Parakai. Stay on this road for about 17 km. Shine Road is on the right at the top of a hill, not far past the Shelley Beach turnoff & opposite Wilson Road. The property is just a short way down on the right hand side. Look for the HUNT sign.

ITINARIRY FOR EACH PUPPY HUNT (will remain the same for all 3 events):

- Arrive any time after 0900 (9:00am)
- Pay and register: $30.00per person
- Meet at 0930hrs (9:30am) for pre-ride brief before heading off - leave your horses tied to the truck for this one!
- Hounds meet and ride of at 10:00am
- Once we arrive back at the floats, wash and feed horses
- And to finish the day a sausage sizzle and catch-up.

ANY QUESTIONS:

Please email myself: shannon.henry@hotmail.co.nz or Lyn Skilling: lynskilling@gmail.com

NOTE: Puppy hunts for WH members are free - but you must be a paid (up to date) financial member.

See you all there!

Tally-Ho


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