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November 19 – Formal Hunt at Margett’s Field (Blue Mill Fields)

November 19, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

 Come join Spring Valley Hounds for their annual Fox Hunt. Watch a tradition of over a 100 years. (No foxes will be hunted or harmed). The hounds and horses will leave at 10:00 am as they traverse Harding Land Trust’s equestrian trails.

Good viewing opportunities are at Bayne Park and Margetts Field.  You will see horse and riders crisscrossing though out Town.  Please be mindful that horse and riders have the right of way.  We appreciate that you leave your pets at home so that there will be no distraction to the hounds and horses.

Approximate Schedule of Events:

Starting at 10:00 am at Margetts Field (120 Blue Mill Road)

Viewing                                                     Crossings 

Blue Mill Rd 10:00                                    Blue Mill Rd (Hartley Farm) 10:20

Hartley Farms Polo Grounds 10:30      Red Gate Rd 10:40

Red Gate Fields 10:45                            Van Beuren Rd. 11:00

Frelinghuysen Fields 11:15                    James St. by Frelinghuysen Fields 11:20

End of Pine Field Lane 11:50                Spring Valley Rd. by Crew Hill 11:40

Bayne Park 12:00                                    Bayne Park 12:00

Blue Mill 12:15                                          Blue Mill Rd. and James St 12:15


Formal Hunt Etiquette for Dummies 


Male senior members wear red jackets known as “pinks” and female senior members wear black or dark blue jackets with colors on the collars.


Fox hounds are counted as couples. We refer to them as hounds. If you have 13 hounds they would be referred to as 6 and a half couples. 

A Cry:

A cry is when the hounds chase the fox and start crying or howling as they run.


The huntsman’s horn is used to communicate to the hounds. 

The Harding Land Trust, a non-profit, volunteer organization, works to protect Harding’s large open spaces, the bridle trails, water as well as other ecological resources.

This event would not be possible without the aid of our Bridle Path Association and Spring Valley Hounds and the Harding Township Police Department.


November 19, 2023
10:00 am - 12:30 pm