Proper hunting attire is rigidly conventional for two reasons. One, over the years that people have been hunting, a form of clothing has been developed which comes closest to the most practical under the conditions of weather and terrain. Secondly, some of the pleasures of hunting, for participants and spectators, comes from the feeling of tradition and from the spectacle presented by hounds, staff and field.
Each hunt prescribes its own hunting attire. The following is that worn at Belle Meade.
BMH colors – Confederate Cavalry Yellow
Gentlemen invited by the Master to wear BMH colors -Top hat with cord or black velvet cap -Scarlet coat “Pink” with metal BMH buttons and BMH colors on the collar -Yellow vest -White hunting stock with plain horizontal pin -White breeches -Black boots with tan tops -Blunt spurs -White string gloves
Gentlemen not yet invited to wear BMH colors -Black bowler with cord or black velvet cap -Black Melton coat -Yellow vest -White hunting stock with plain horizontal pin -Canary, tan or buff breeches -Plain black boots (no tops) -Blunt spurs -Gloves
Ladies invited by the Master to wear BMH colors -Black bowler with cord or black velvet cap -Long hair neatly captured in hairnet is required -White hunting stock with plain horizontal pin -Black Melton coat with colors on collar -Black bone Hunt buttons -Canary, tan or buff breeches -Black boots with black patent tops -Blunt spurs -Gloves
Ladies not yet invited to wear BMH colors Same as ladies with BMH colors except no colors on collar, plain black buttons, and no patent tops on boots.
Juniors Same as corresponding ladies, except Juniors always wear caps, and boys may not wear tan boot tops or Scarlet coat. Everyone may wear tan leather gloves (white string for wet weather) and carry a hunting whip.
Ratcatcher Informal attire may be worn on Wednesday hunts and during cubbing season. -Brown or Black hard hat -Hacking jacket -Any color breeches -Tie for gentlemen, choker or turtleneck for ladies -Brown or Black boots
*NOTE: Belle Meade Hunt strongly suggest for your safety that you wear a STMI approved safety helmet.