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Aeron Mack (Middleburg Photo)

It’s no secret that standards of correct attire and appointments have been allowed to slip in many hunting fields in recent years. To some, it’s of no consequence. To others, standards are something they value. Why? Perhaps they simply wish to demonstrate their respect for history and tradition, or for being guests on the landowners’ property. Perhaps they want to maintain respect for the memory of those sportsmen/mentors of yesterday who taught them about foxhunting and have left us this special way of life. For whatever reason, it’s fun to listen to those who care about correct attire and appointments, wish to maintain the standards, have questions, and want to understand the finer points.

Aeron Mack is one who cares. She is starting to help her local hunt as an honorary whipper-in, and she has several questions that we have put to our Panel of Experts both here and abroad. Mack asks:

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+2 # Norman Ads 2011-01-08 17:27
I must take exception to Master Miller's comments! First I must admit I can't see the logic in why a woman whipper-in should have any less opportunity to earn the right to wear scarlet! and secondly - it certainly gives credibility to the concept of a hunt field as a "fashion show" when the term "faux pas" is used regarding bootlaces!
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+3 # Norman Fine 2011-01-09 09:35
Master Miller wasn't commenting on "the logic" or the fairness aspect of what men and women wear in the hunting field. The question had to do with what is regarded as "correct" practice in the hunting field through long-establishe d custom and tradition. Individual Masters have the power to stipulate any dress codes they wish for their own hunts.
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+1 # Aeron Mack 2011-11-03 05:51
Follow up: Thank you very much for the good advice and words of wisdom! As to the whippers-in carrying flask or food, I understand completely about the flask/alcohol, but the food! There have been many occasions where, after several long hours of hunting, we failthful whips are sent out to retrieve an errant hound or two, while the field tucks into a lovely tailgate. By the time we get back, the food is gone! I'm talking basic survival here! It wouldn't do to have a whipper-in faint from hunger, now would it? : )
Sincerely,
Aeron Mack
Middleburg, VA
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+1 # Dave Collop 2014-07-24 12:04
Aeron, try leaving kennels to hack on to a meet at 9-15am,meeting at 11am and hunting till dusk. Then home and hounds fed etc before feeding oneself. No tailgates over here,lol. Usually a Mars bar in the pocket keeps us going.
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# David Hayes 2014-07-26 04:42
Quoting Dave Collop:
Aeron, try leaving kennels to hack on to a meet at 9-15am,meeting at 11am and hunting till dusk. Then home and hounds fed etc before feeding oneself. No tailgates over here,lol. Usually a Mars bar in the pocket keeps us going.

I second Dave collop and his comment :-)
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