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horncallsWhen you hear your huntsman's horn, do you know what he's telling his hounds, his staff, and you as a member of the field? In this FHL video presentation, huntsman John Tabachka blows eight calls on his hunting horn—moving off, doubling, heel, gone away, gone to ground, calling the whipper-in, the kill, and going home—and explains why and when during the course of a hunt these calls are used.

John Tabachka is huntsman for the Deep Run Hunt (VA) and a two-time winner of the National Horn Blowing Championship held at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg.

This video is also available for sale in DVD format in our Shop.


# Norman Ads 2010-06-14 15:04
FABULOUS! Worth listening to again and again.
# Guest 2016-10-21 12:33
Sorry, there is no call on a horn for moving off. Only the voice "hounds please."
# Gretchen Pelham 2021-01-15 15:37
No horn call for "Moving Off"? Kohler and Sons who have been making hunting horns since the 1700s have "Moving Off" and instruction on how to blow it in their booklet titled "The Hunting Horn: What to Blow and How to Blow It" by L.C.R. Cameron. It was published probably in the 1940s and is available as a print-on-demand book from
# Mary Pat Gallagher 2010-06-15 06:16
Agreed!. Really enjoyed it!
# Allison Kotzig 2010-11-10 06:18
Great! Thanks for this.
# Heather Kuenzi 2010-12-07 08:51
Thank you so much for this video! I plan to share it with many Pony Clubbers when we're studying fox hunting or prepping them for going on a hunt!
+1 # Heather Kuenzi 2010-12-08 15:54
OK, so I just shared this video with my 9 year old son who loves fox hunting as well, and he's now been walking around the house pretending to do all of the horn calls. He says his favorite call to do is "going home" because is sounds like a tornado siren :o)
# Gretchen Pelham 2010-12-09 05:06
Going Home is a peaceful call. I think they ought to change the tornado siren to Gone Away!
# Karin Winegar 2019-01-19 17:03
I was both moved and impressed two years ago when, at the dinner of the Hound Show at Morven Park, both men and women competed in horn blowing. 'Some stunning sounds and some remarkable lungs in that group. Those who have never heard it, or harked to hound music, are missing primal thrills.

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