Notes on Correct Hunting Attire
We are ever mindful of the fact that without the tremendous support of Landowners we simply would not be able to hunt. As a mark of respect to the Landowners the Joint Masters request that going forward the Bicester Hunt with Whaddon Chase regain a reputation for all mounted field followers dressing correctly and tidily.
For Autumn Hunting, “traditional rat catcher” i.e tweed hacking jackets, shirt and tie are the preferred mode of dress. It is requested that shooting coats and waterproof type jackets are only worn in the very wettest weather or when on gate shutting duty.
From Opening Meet, all mounted followers should wear either black, navy or green Hunt coats, white or cream stock, white or cream breeches, well-polished black boots (optionally with brown mahogany tops if you qualify) with correctly fitted spurs. Scarlet coats are to be discouraged for the field unless specified by the Masters on specific dates. All horses should be neatly turned out and plaited. For the avoidance of doubt, if you only have a tweed coat due to previously issued directive, these will continue to be acceptable as long as they are clean and tidy.
It is optional to a wear a Patey style cap, with or without a chin strap or a crash hat with a black or blue velvet cover. Ribbons on the back of any hat should be sewn upwards apart from Masters and the Huntstaff who’s ribbons should point downwards. Ladies should always wear a hair net.
We hope this direction is clear but do not hesitate to contact any of the Joint Masters if you have any doubts.