Membership by Invitation Only
Guests are welcome but should receive permission prior to hunting from the Secretary. Their "capping" fee (guest fee) in the form of a check or correct cash amount should be presented in an envelope to the Hunt Secretary (or substitute) with name and address of guest before hounds move off. Hill Toppers are counted as regular guests and the same capping fees apply. Capping allows a guest three opportunities in the space of a hunt year to join in and ride. Members are expected to pay their subscription obligations as due. The hunt “Season” begins and ends September 1st. All members and guests must sign a Release Form before hunting.
Parents of children who wish to hunt should contact the Secretary or a Master. Children must be chaperoned by an adult.
There are several ways in which to participate in SVH membership. The most active level is to support the hunt as a full subscription member. This is an open invitation to attend all the scheduled hunt fixtures and special events that occur throughout the year. This level is divided into three categories, Single, Family and Junior Membership. Single designates one person or self. Family would include a husband and wife or life partner plus any children (Family members must reside under the same roof). Junior is anyone 18 to 21 who is enrolled as a full time college student.
Those who wish to support SVH may make a donation to become a sustaining member. This membership includes listing their names in the hunt roster as well as being invited to all the social activities throughout the season. They are however limited in their riding privileges. They have the opportunity to cap and pay the appropriate capping fees.
Parties who wish to be a guest of Spring Valley Hounds are allowed three capping fees per season regardless of day. Guests must contact the hunt secretary prior to the day one wishes to hunt to obtain permission. The morning of the hunt cappers must greet masters and staff and produce a sealed envelope to the secretary with correct fee amount inside with the following listed on the outside of the envelope: full name, address, telephone number, mount information(breed/sex/age/markings)
Volunteering is an essential ingredient that makes Spring Valley Hounds a successful and affordable hunt. Members are required to pitch in and fulfill many of the duties, e.g. working with and caring for the hounds and maintaining the hunt territory so that it is a safe and inviting. Other examples of ways to contribute are, hound walks and roadings, cleaning and repairing the kennels, staffing hunter paces, showing hounds and puppies at hound shows, organizing and setting up the hunt ball. All of these volunteer activities are not exclusive to just full members, many sustaining members and friends of the hunt are also welcomed as volunteers. However full members are expected to share all of the previously mentioned volunteer work plus host hunt breakfasts and or tailgate picnics.