Interested in Becoming Involved in Hunting near Charlotte, NC!
I'm new to the forum and am interested in becoming involved in fox hunting. What would be the best way to go about getting involved?
I am married, mid-twenties, and am located just south of Charlotte, NC in Fort Mill, SC. I've ridden for 15+ years primarily dressage and hunter under saddle. I did take jumping lessons in high school as well as rode for a couple years on my college's collegiate team. Therefore, I do feel like skill wise I am capable of riding hill toppers or second flight.
However, I am without a suitable hunter horse at the moment and probably will be for the next 2-3 years. I do own a few horses I'm just not sure if they are cut for hunting.
My show horse that is an Arabian does sport horse in hand, sport horse under saddle, and dressage but isn't really cut out for jumping and has never enjoyed trail rides. The other is a semi-retired Arabian, who is in his early 20's, that would have probably loved hunting but I'm worried at this point he might be a little old for it. Finally, there is a retired TWH that isn't an option at all.
Therefore, even though I won't be able to participate by riding in the field is there other ways I can make myself useful? I'd like to be able to be more involved with the horse community outside of showing especially since my horses are at my house and not boarded somewhere else.
If so, does anyone have any recommendations for hunts in my area? Preferably with moderately priced membership fees as my husband and I are on a budget. Also, if you have a recommendation for a hunt can you include the best person to contact I assume it will be the Secretary of the club.
Sorry this has gotten so long or if I have some of the terminology wrong but I really look forward to hearing back!