This is great!
The Hunt Secretary’s Prayer
(Green Spring Valley Hounds)
Oh, grant that the Meet today is blessed
With a field of “Believers” all properly dressed.
Though I’m not one to belabor the number of buttons
(though we all know how many, unless we’ve forgotten.)
Or over sartorial trivia to stew,
Like corners: square or rounded? Vents: one or two?
White stock ties with ratcatcher however: a no-no
Although not enough to make me say “Go home!”
And helmet ribbons up unless you are one of the chosen few-
If yours point down-just grab a spot of hot glue.
And oh, how I pray for hair contained in a net-
Spare me tresses resembling someone’s escaped pet.
Bandanas banished, stock ties done up right
Present to the spectators a harmonious sight.
And jackets and vests buttoned closed at the waist-
If somehow they won’t: to the tailor post haste!
Saddle pads shaped or square, but scrupulously clean,
In white, pretty please-not magenta or green.
Boots should be clean, polished bright and de-mudded
Horses too should be tidy: manes pulled and de-crudded.
Though it isn’t in Wadsworth-(gotta love the old gent)
Cell phones in the hunt field should be programmed to SILENT.
And it goes without saying-tho’ say it I will
Owners of said phones should be silenter still.
Don’t have the right kit? You need not despair-
Nor fly to Horse Country (though they have it all there.)
Just clean and tidy, Not a hair out of place
Shows respect for tradition and our landowners’ grace.