Many clubs enjoy particularly large fields and special turnout for their Boxing Day and New Year's Day meets. From the formal to the funny, from decorous to decorated, here is a gallery of images capturing the height of the hunt season across our continent.
The Smithtown Hunt (NY) pack looks confident as they enter 2016. Pictured are huntsman Brian Quinn, MFH, and whipper-in Christa Duva. Frank D. Bradford photo.
Toasting to a great new year ahead (and keeping warm on a chilly morning) are Liz Wilson and Jennifer Campbell, members of Farmington Hunt Club (VA). Martha Drum photo.
Wicomico Hunt, with kennels on Maryland's Eastern Shore, enjoyed Boxing Day out at the Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area. Pictured are whipper-in Ed Fry and huntsman Greg Thompson. Photo courtesy of a member, Wicomico Hunt.
Wayne-DuPage Hunt's Illinois climate forces an early end to their season - but not without an opportunity to display the Christmas spirit! Photo courtesy of Nellie Hertenstein.
There is more than one way to follow a pack of hounds! Not quite a tiny reindeer out with Aiken Hounds (SC). Photo by Nick Bridges.
Riding aside leaves enough room for an extra stocking on the off side! Photo by Nick Bridges at Aiken Hounds (SC).