The Tradition of Fox Hunting
Posted on June 14 2017
Fox hunting is an activity steeped in tradition. Originating in England in the sixteenth century, it is enjoyed by equestrians around the world today. Fox hunting challenges both the rider and horse with obstacles from daunting ditches to rising rock walls. For those that may feel faint at simply the sight of these jumps, no worries, newcomers are always welcome to steer to the side and gallop on with the group.
Today, in America, most hunts do not actually kill the fox and therefore are also aptly called 'fox chasing'. As with many hunting associations, American fox hunters tend to be good stewards of the land and take care in maintaining healthy fox populations, along with their habitats.
In and around Chicago there are at least two active hunt clubs, with many more across the country. I personally have it on my bucket list to participate in at least one hunt...even if it means I have to "steer to the side" a time or two during the hunt. ;)
At Equestrianista, we celebrate the sly fox and the nostalgia of this past time in our best selling sweater - the Fox Hunt Sweater.