Capping/ Capping In

Hunting for one time with the hunt field, "I am capping in today."

Cap Fee/ Capping Fee

The monetary payment required to hunt one time with the field. Capping fees are collected by the Field Secretary prior to each hunt.

Either the interruption of the run, caused by the hounds losing the line, or an intentional stop to rest and regroup the hounds before releasing to find the line again.


The distinctive colors that distinguish the clothing of one hunt from another. 'Colors' refers to the colored fabric on the collar of the coat worn by the rider. Colors and the right to wear the hunt's buttons are an honor awarded to the rider by the Master of Foxhounds.


A term used for convenience in counting hounds and refers to two hounds, "we are hunting 6 couple (12 hounds) today."


The sound the hounds give when hunting, "the pack is in full cry."


The riders in the hunt, excluding the MFH and the staff.


This rider is appointed by the MFH at each hunt and is responsible for leading and controlling a designated group in the field, "she is the Field Master for the Hilltoppers."

Field Master

This person is responsible for checking in the horses and riders before the hunt. The Field Secretary also collects capping fees and required liability waivers at each hunt.

Field Secretary

The time and place of the hunt meet. A fixture card lists the fixtures for a given time period.


A term used when the field needs to stop immediately. It is usually called out and a hand signal is given. It may happen very suddenly. The command may be given by a Field Master or someone in the field.

Hold Hard

The staff member responsible for controlling the hounds in the field.


The trail of the fox scent, "the hounds are hunting the line."


the individual responsible for hunting, the hunt in the field and the kennels.

Master/ Master of Foxhounds

The ability of a hound to detect and understand a scent.


Informal hunting attire. including tweed jackets, etc.


A term used when the field of riders needs to reverse it's course. It is a command given by the Field Master. When the command is issued, the field must walk forward and turn in a U-turn fashion, to insure safety of horse and rider.

Reverse Field/ Forward Reverse Field

The smell of the fox, which can be affected by weather conditions, making the scent "good" or "bad," meaning easy or difficult to follow.


"Giving tongue," the vocal sound a hound makes when hunting, "listen to the hounds speaking."


The huntsman and whippers-in who assist the huntsman.


The monetary payment required to hunt for the season with the field, "I subscribe to Norfolk."

Subscription/ Subscribe

A cry the hound makes when he is on a line, "the hounds are giving great tongue."


A phrase used to warn the field to be immediately aware (ware) of hounds approaching or an approaching hazard. "Ware" = "Beware." The warning is usually given with direction, i.e. "ware hound left" or "ware hole right." The warning is passed down the line of riders, but not everyone needs to call out.

Ware Hound and/ or Ware Hole/ Ware Branch, etc...

This term indicates a staff member (whip, huntsman, etc.) is coming toward the field. It should be passed down the field, but not everyone needs to call it out. When this command is expressed, riders must turn their horses toward the approaching staff member (nose out). If on a tight trail, riders must back their horses sufficiently into the woods, to allow clearance for an approaching staff member.

Ware Staff/ Staff Please

A staff member who assists the hunstman in controlling the hounds during the hunt.