SANTA YNEZ VALLEY HOUNDS
The Santa Ynez Valley Hounds, founded in 1972, is a non-profit corporation formed to maintain a pack of hounds in the tradition of the sport of riding to hounds - a pursuit that goes back to well before George Washington hunted his own pack of hounds in colonial Virginia. This sport is alive and active all over the world. This is not an historical theatrical recreation, but a living tradition full of excitement and avid sportsmanship.
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| Dedicated to Exceptional Country, Superior Hounds, |
Sturdy Horses, Outstanding Staff, Wonderful & Involved Members,
Strong Leadership, and Great Sport!
| Photo by Tass Photography|
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Friday, January 17th thru Sunday, 19th
Ridgecrest - Joint Meet
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| GET TO KNOW OUR SYVH STAFF |
| DRESS |
Riding to hounds is steeped in tradition. We are reproducing in the Santa Ynez Valley a traditional form of sport and therefore, we make every effort to adhere to the forms of this tradition. It is a great source of satisfaction to know that we are properly attired and understand the meaning of proper dress.
| HORSEMANSHIP |
It is every rider's responsibility to bring a horse to the field that is capable of doing the job. Any horse that is not capable of entering in the sport should be retired for further training.
There is never any excuse for a rider not to hold his horse. A runaway endangers others and interferes with the pack. If you have a horse that kicks, you must tie a bright red ribbon near the root of the horse's tail as a warning to those who may find themselves behind you. It is your responsibility in these circumstances, however, always to ride at the back of the field.
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LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEW SEASON
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| SYVH BEGINNINGS |
One could say that the history of the Santa Ynez Valley Hunt goes back 10,000 years, to some of the earliest human settlers in the valley. The coyote, whose scent is our principal quarry, so amused the Chumash that they deified the animal as the Great Trickster. The wild boar, whose scent provides our other quarry, has been supplying sport for cowboys with hog-dogs and ropes ever since grizzly bears disappeared in the last century.