Montana Horses, Inc.

Mantle Ranch

Fox Hunt with Big Sky Hounds

The Hunt Collection by Val Westover.
Available for sale here.

2014-15 BSH Membership Application2.pdf
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Masters: Renee Daniels-Mantle
Marie Griffis
Huntsman: Renee Daniels-Mantle
Whippers-In: Catherine Mee
Danika Quenomoen
Marie Griffis
Field Masters: Kail Mantle
Kyle Cram

Fox Hunting at the Mantle Ranch

Join us as we enter our second season of fox hunting!
 Enjoy great company, phenomenal hounds, good horses, and gorgeous country. Newbies and juniors welcome! We're all learning about this fun and exciting sport and invite you to join in and help create our very own hunt right here. Just bring your sense of adventure, a good horse, and join us! We also have horses available for lease if you need them.
Please call or email with questions. You can use the Facebook event posting to coordinate rides, food, attendance, etc. See you
at the Hunt!

Please join us to experience and learn about the thrill and excitement of the age-old sport of fox hunting. To hunt, all you really need are horses, hounds, country, quarry, and people int
erested in it. We are lucky to have it all, and we want to share the adventure with you.
Who can hunt? EVERYONE is welcome.
How much does it cost? - $50 capping fee ($25 for juniors and students) or become a member.
What do we hunt? - We chase coyotes.
What kind of hounds do we have? We have a seasoned pack of Walkers that were graciously given to us by Red Rock Hounds from Reno, NV.  We currently hunt a pack of  four and a half couple (9 hounds) and are considered a "farmer pack."
When do we hunt? We hunt mid-September to mid-April.  We hunt every weekend on varying Saturdays and Sundays, and every other Wednesday.  See our event calendar for dates and times of hunts, away meets, and summer hound walks.
What kind of rider do you need to be? We welcome all levels of riders, and can accommodate novices and juniors by providing a great guide to help enjoy the day. Usually, we have two fields, a fast first field that keeps up with the hounds, and
a slower second field (Hilltoppers) where beginners, green or out of shape or older horses, kids, and newbies are welcome. Sundays are usually slower hunting days, Saturdays are generally faster, and Wednesdays are not appropriate for novices or green horses.
What kind of horse should I ride? We recommend bringing a reliable, fit horse. The country is rough, shoes are necessary. In winter, we recommend sharp-shoes. If you need a horse for the day, contact us, we have horses for lease.  Our lease fee is $100 per horse, if you are capping or a member.
What kind of riding? We usually ride at a walk, trot, and lope for about 2-4 hours. Our hounds are older, and we’re all still learning the sport and this country, so we try not to over-do it. If we encounter jumps, they can be avoided by going around to a gate. If the pace is too fast, you can always stay with the slower group.
What should I wear? Whatever you are most comfortable and safe wearing. Many ride Western and many ride English. We do not have a dress code. Function first, fashion later.
What should I bring? We usually share a bite to eat at the ranch afterward, so follow the posts in the event here and see if there is something you can bring along to contribute to “hunt breakfast.”
Why? Because we love it! We’re hooked, our friends are hooked, and we’re pretty sure you will be too when you take the opportunity to try it! We have fallen in love with these great hounds, adore our horses, have made fantastic friends, and have been able to enjoy absolutely gorgeous country. Come ride with us! Join us in learning and experiencing the building of a hunt!

Thanks to Red Rock Hounds from Reno, NV who hunt this country every spring and first gave Montana the opportunity. Join them April 17, 18, 19th, 2015 for the Annual Three Forks Hunt!

I invite you all to enjoy for information about the sport of fox hunting in America.

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