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Everyone has a question at some time on an arcane hunting term, the correct attire, a point of etiquette. Or you might wonder one day why the huntsman did what he did. The FHL Panel of Experts will answer your question on any aspect of hounds, hound breeding, hunting hounds in the field, training the field hunter, foxhunting history, sporting art, and literature. Try us!

Hugh Robards, ex-MFH

Huntsman, Author


Dr. Roger Scullin, MFH

Veterinarian, Foxhound Breeder

Jerry Miller, MFH

Huntsman, Foxhound Breeder

Paul Striberry

Foxhunter, Horseman, Trainer


Nigel Peel, MFH (UK)

Hunstman, Breeder, Judge

C. Martin Wood III, MFH

MFHA President 1990-1993
Huntsman, Breeder, Judge

Steve Price

Author or Editor of 19 books, including The Whole Horse Catalog and 1001 Best Things Ever Said About Horses

C. Martin Scott, ex-MFH (UK)

Foxhound Breeder, Judge, Writer

Bill Gamble Photo

Marion Thorne, MFH

Huntsman, Foxhound Breeder


In Remembrance

Foxhunting Life remembers with gratitude and respect these deceased members of our Panel of Experts who were always willing to respond to our questions with authoritative answers and counsel:

Sherman Haight, ex-MFH      
Matthew Mackay-Smith, DVM


+1 # Joyce Sims 2011-11-10 09:52
Can you please tell me the proper "popper" color for some on in the field, and for someone who is a whip?
# Gretchen Pelham 2011-11-22 11:33
The experts assure me that there is no ruling on this question! There is no distinction made for whipper-in and field member with regard to the color of the popper.
# Noele Stuart 2013-02-02 17:07
I have received my invitation to the Hunt Ball. The gown I'd like to wear is red in color. I have been told that one should never wear the color red to a Ball. Is this true? Need I get permission from the Master him/herself of the Hunt in question? Thank you.
# Gretchen Pelham 2013-07-16 13:08
You have been told correctly. It isn't considered proper for a lady to compete with the men in their scarlet and possibly (surely) outshine them! As in the hunting field, black or muted colors are traditionally appropriate for a lady attending a hunt ball. There may be exceptions, as in a hunt ball I heard of recently that had a Mardi Gras theme. In that situation, I would guess that anything goes!
# janet clarke 2014-07-29 09:16
I was told a long time ago that there are different types of foxes in the UK. Is this true?
# Gretchen Pelham 2014-07-29 15:32
To the best of my knowledge, they have only the red fox in the UK, but I will ask English members of our Panel of Experts and give you a definitive answer.
# Guest 2021-11-21 14:08
Isn't it, according to old tradition, improper for a lady, without colors, to wear a shadbelly in the hunt field????

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