SSCF Winter Hunting & Awards Ceremony Weekend

25-27 January 2019

Middleburg, VA


Join the SSCF for a HUNTING ASIDE weekend!

Based out of Middleburg, VA, known as the nation's "horse and hunt capital," riders will have the opportunity to learn or practice their hunting aside skills and then get in several days of hunting, as well as enjoy social events. Bring your own horse, or hire an experienced hunter! Riders are expected to bring their own side saddles. Some side saddles may be available for use, but this is not guaranteed. All sideways riders from around the world are welcome! Please note, junior riders should have a responsible adult riding with them.



Weekend Schedule:


    • 12-2 pm - Flat Race Clinic with Sam Cockburn & Optional Assessment – Friday, 12:00-2:00pm: All riders and horses must be 2019 SSCF members to participate. All riders and horses will be expected to walk-trot-canter-gallop in the open, in a group, on varied terrain. Riders/Horses may be assessed to be invited to race in SSCF flat races. All riders must have proof of health insurance, sign waivers, and wear a ASTM/SEI approved safety/crash helmet. All horses must have a current (dated within 1 year) negative Coggins. Those requesting race assessment must wear a body protector. No aprons are to be worn please. You may send a scan of your health insurance card and negative Coggins to

    • On Friday evening, there will be an informal “meet and greet” gathering at one of the Middleburg restaurants – time and location will be specified with confirmation of your registration form.


  • Sat, 20 Oct - FOX HUNTING DAY 1 & 2018 AWARDS CEREMONY:

    • Hunting with Piedmont Fox Hounds – Gum Tree Farm, Quaker Ln, Middleburg, VA, Time TBA: All riders are required to sign a PFH waiver and have a negative Coggins test for their horse, A valid Virginia hunting license is recommended. The cap fee for adults over 30 years is $200 (juniors and younger adults have a reduced rate), paid directly to PFH at the meet. Formal Hunting attire. Helmets are strongly encouraged. Jumping and non-jumping fields. Jumps are mostly coops and stone walls 2’3”-3’3” in height, with varied approaches and landings. Please call the hunt monitor for meet location changes and time: (540) 592-7199.


    • SSCF Awards Ceremony – Saturday, 4:00-6:00pm at the Nat’l Sporting Library & Museum: Celebrate the accomplishments of the 2018 SSCF members, and meet the wonderful sponsors and supporters of the SSCF! All 2018 and 2019 SSCF members are invited to attend at no charge. Additional tickets may be purchased for $20/pp. The reception is catered, and wine, soda, and water will be provided. We must start and end promptly, so please arrive on time! Please be sure to indicate how many additional tickets you need, and mail a check payable to SSCF at P.O. Box 412, Middleburg, VA 20118.



    • Hunting with Snickersville Hounds – Time & Location TBA: All riders are required to sign a SH waiver, and have a negative Coggins test for their horse. A valid Virginia hunting license is recommended. The cap fee for all adult riders is $100. Helmets are strongly encouraged. Jumping and non-jumping fields. Jumps are mostly coops and stone walls 2’6”-3’3” in height, with varied approaches and landings. A potluck tailgate will follow the hunt. Hunt Monitor: (540) 687-5254


  • Clinic: No Cost for 2018 SSCF Members; $60 for non-SSCF members (includes 2019 membership fee)

  • Hunting with Piedmont Fox Hounds: $200 cap fee for adults over 30 years of age (young adults and juniors TBA)

  • Hunting with Snickersville Hounds: $100 cap fee


  • We have coordinated with two local hireling providers to supply riders with horses for the weekend. Both have a limited number of horses for the clinic and both days of hunting, for either the jumping or non-jumping fields. Please book in with them directly, first come first served. Please be sure to let them know your experience level, if you plan to jump, your preferred type of ride, and the fit of your saddle. Horses will arrive at the meet location clean and bridled (and saddled if going astride); you will tack them up with your saddle, then mount and hunt; after the meet, you will return them to the hireling owner who will take care of them.

RIDER Accommodations:

horse Stabling:

Other Things to Do/local attractions:

  • National Sporting Library & Museum - Experience the new exhibit, "Sidesaddle, 1690-1935". This exhibit will present a revealing perspective on the history and culture of women as equestrians, their depictions in sporting art, and the evolution of sidesaddle tack and attire represented in British, Continental, and American art from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The exhibition will showcase approximately fifty paintings, works on paper, and sculptures on loan from museums and private collections. Co-curators Dr. Ulrike Weiss, Lecturer at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and Claudia Pfeiffer, the George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator of Art at NSLM, are contributing essays to the accompanying catalog. More info at