The Quorn Hunt

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Oakham Veterinary Hospital

Ashwell Road, OAKHAM - 01572 722647 (Equine)

Blackthorn injury in hunters / sport horses
Thorn penetration by blackthorn is a common injury in horses hunting over country with fields separated by hedges containing blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) bushes. This type of injury is treated at Oakham Veterinary Hospital on a regular basis throughout the hunting season due to our proximity to the Leicestershire packs. As a result, we have developed a huge amount of experience and a high level of expertise in the treatment of these injuries. Read more...


Saturday 27th August
Mounted Hound Exercise from the QH Kennels.
Ready to move off at 8am
Parking back drive LE14 2TH
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The Joint Masters invite you to join our huntsman, his team and hounds on their daily exercise for approx 1.5hr. Hound exercise is a great way of introducing horses to hounds and experience riding in a group setting. Followed by breakfast (breakfast roll and tea/coffee) .
Dress code is Ratcatcher: hacking jacket, shirt with tie or coloured stock and beige breeches. No plaiting required.
Adult £25, U16s £15 (includes breakfast).
Paid-up 2022-23 QH subscribers free-of-charge
Advance booking only:
click here and select 'HoundEx 27Aug'


Friday 2nd September evening
Mounted hound exercise from The Woodyard, Priory Lane, Ulverscroft LE67 9PT
Ready to move off at 6pm
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An opportunity to join us exercise the hounds through the shaded woodlands in the heart of Charnwood Forest. A great way to improve fitness for horses, hounds and humans at a nice steady pace. There will be a few optional small jumps subject to ground conditions.
Followed by refreshments (burger and tea/coffee) .
Dress code is hacking jacket with shirt and tie and beige breeches. No plaiting required.
Adult £25, U16s £15 (includes refreshments).
Paid-up 2022-23 QH subscribers free-of-charge with refreshments at cost
Advance booking only:
click here and select 'HoundEx 2Sept'

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OPENING TIME in 1912...

There are lots of photos of the traditional opening meet at Kirby Gate, but if you want to see a unique short film of what the meet was like in 1912 when Captain Frank Forester was MFH and George Leaf was huntsman, click here.
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No-one wore 'safe' hats then, but if you ride now, you should. Try on and order a QH® Hunter hat at the Kennels (by prior appointment). A range of sizes is available: just bring your credit or debit card (and your head..). For more details see below.


In 2016 the Quorn launched its own safe hat. How safe? it meets safety standard VG1 01.040 2014-12 and is kite- and CE-marked accordingly. It is worth noting that from 2017 onwards, hats that meet EN1384 / BSEN1384 but not any 'safer' standard cannot be used for events organised by British Dressage, BHS, British Eventing, British Showjumping and Showing.
The QH® Hunter riding hat was developed for us by makers Charles Owen with critical input from our former huntsman Peter Collins. The QH has to ensure the safety of its staff but also wants to retain the high standard of dress expected from the world's best-known Hunt. The Quorn's hat meets the latest safety standards and is modelled as far as possible on the traditional cap used by most huntsmen and many subscribers.

A hat that fits correctly is essential for safety as well as comfort. To enable you to try before you buy, the QH keeps samples in different sizes at the Kennels and will advise on fitting.
Hats are currently made to order – we don't keep them in stock – so if you need a hat soon please contact us via QH Riding Hat on our Contact page to see how long you will have to wait.
You can buy online from this website here or our smartphone app or in person at the Kennels. If you need further details, please contact us via the Contact page

So if you need a new hat (or even if you don't, treat yourself!), buy a safe one - the QH® Hunter hat.


You can pay online from this website or smartphone app* for most things provided by the QH. You can pay by credit or debit card or PayPal

PAY QH CAP (day's hunting)
Click here to pay. You will be offered:

  • a box for you to agree to the QH’s Disclaimer
  • a button for you to say if you are paying for a regular-rate cap or an MHC reduced-rate cap; if you click ‘MHC’, you will be asked for your CA membership number and the name of the hunt to which you subscribe
  • a box to specify the day and date you have booked to hunt and your mobile number (for a cancellation)
  • a box to collect the booking reference number: when you book a reduced-rate cap via MHC you will be given one
  • a box for the amount you need to pay

Click here to pay. You will be offered:

  • a list of coming events for which you can pay online (a few events may have their own payment arrangements). For equestrian events a box appears for you to agree to the QH’s Disclaimer
  • a Short Description box for you to provide any additional information
  • a box for the amount you need to pay

Payment of QH subscriptions must be made by bank transfer, standing order or cheque

* Android phones/tablets only

Smartphone app As well as making payment with the QH's popular smartphone 'app' you can also email the QH and MHC (and other) Secretaries – all from within the app. This is complementary to the online payment pages of this website - you can use either, whichever is more convenient - and they offer the same facilities.

See above or the Events / Newsfeeds page for more details.


... to the Quorn Hunt's website for stop-press news, a summary of forthcoming events, details of how to contact us, a small adverts section, a unique satellite map of our country that is zoomable to hedgerow level and shows our boundary and many of our coverts (some with descriptions and photos; there is also a covert finder: click on a listed location and the map will find it for you), a brief history, current subscription rates, a Who's Who of hunt masters and officials and the supporters association, and reports and photos from our many activities.

The Quorn Hunt was founded in 1696 and takes its name from the Leicestershire village of Quorn* where the hounds were kenneled from 1753 until 1904. The Quorn Hunt is one of the best known hunts in England and extends a warm welcome to many visitors from both the UK and internationally. The Quorn hunts within the restrictions of the Hunting Act 2004.

* it was originally spelt Quorndon, but its name was truncated in 1889 to avoid confusion with the Derbyshire village of Quarndon which is near Kedleston Hall