Early December weekends in hunt country mean Christmas parades, and local hunt clubs turn out to join in the festivities! From South Carolina to West Virginia, horses, hounds, and riders of every age brought some scarlet and smiles to their hometown crowds. Tack was polished, manes were braided, ponies were costumed, and ladies rode aside. Enjoy this gallery of images submitted by our readers.
Miss Emma Wall and Miss Sophie Martin prepare Cracker the pony to support Lowcountry Hunt (SC) at the Bluffton Christmas Parade. Photo courtesy of Marty Wall.
Hugh Robards and Middleburg Hunt (VA) hounds strut their stuff at their hometown parade. Nancy Milburn Kleck photo.
Wendy Lind Andrews of Middleburg Hunt was one of the elegant sidesaddle riders. Photo by Valerie Durbon.
Old Dominion Hounds (VA) was also represented in the Middleburg parade, including Sophie Bell, Nicole and Sophie Bartholomaus. Photo by Paula D'Aiuto.
Miss Brylee Lowe, age 3, accompanies her mother, Sarah, of New Market-Middletown Valley Hounds (MD) in the Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Christmas Parade. Photo by Susie Wimer.
Also joining in the Shepherdstown parade were the Middletown Valley Beagles! Liz Holm photo.