The Norfolk Hunt Club

Photo credit: Kathie Davenport

Photo credit: Kathie Davenport

The Norfolk Hunt Club

181 Centre Street
Dover, Massachusetts 02030

http://www.norfolkhunt.com

Steeplechase Course Entrance
240 North Street in Medfield

 

The Norfolk Hunt Club is one of the oldest registered Fox Hunts in the United States. Norfolk began as a drag hunt in 1895 and continues to be a drag hunt today; the Norfolk kennels are the oldest kennels in America still in current use. Norfolk fox hunts over country that was opened to the Club through the kindness of landowners, some as long as 100 years ago. The majority of the land Norfolk hunts is located in the Charles River Watershed area (Medfield, Dover, Sherborn, South Natick, Millis, Walpole), as well as in Westport, South Dartmouth, Middleboro and Grafton, Massachusetts. Norfolk’s hunting tradition continues today through the generosity of current landowners. The support and understanding of the people who live in the towns in Norfolk’s territory make it possible for the sport to continue and thrive.

The Norfolk Hunt Steeplechase Course is located at 240 North Street in Medfield. The fifty-acre space is comprised of flat surfaces, rolling hills, trails, open fields and wooded areas, many of which feature traditional foxhunting obstacles, including,

stonewalls, banks, brush jumps, coops, hogbacks, cordwood, and more.  The Steeplechase Course is home to many of Norfolk’s events including fox hunts, hound schoolings, foxhunting clinics, The Norfolk Hunt Horse Show, Grounds for Celebration, Polo In the Country, the Norfolk Hunt Field Hunter Show, Norfolk Hunt Derby Cross and the Norfolk Hunter Trials, among others.  Norfolk’s traditional Thanksgiving Hunt departs from the Steeplechase Course each year, and hundreds of spectators attend the start of this spectacular event.

The Norfolk Hunt conducts drag fox hunts in the spring and fall, on Tuesday and Saturday mornings and some holidays. Hound schoolings take place on Thursdays. Riders are invited to participate in the Norfolk Hunt Club’s activities. Spectators are encouraged to attend the Club’s various equine events, most of which are free of charge.  Information regarding hunts and events may be found on norfolkhunt.com.

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