March 19th, 2015:
We at the Smithtown Hunt cannot express enough how thoroughly disappointed we are about the recent negative social media comments that have surrounded the accident and subsequent events regarding one of our hounds. We are working to resolve this situation and are waiting and hoping for the cooperation of Rocky Point Animal Hospital. Please be assured that that care and welfare of our hounds has always been a top priority and will remain so.
The Smithtown Hunt was organized in 1900 and recognized by the Masters of Foxhounds Association in 1906. Smithtown Hunt is now the only hunt surviving on Long Island. For many years, we hunted both live and drag, but in recent years have become exclusively a drag hunt. This means that a scent is laid on the ground, and it is that scent of the fox that the hounds follow.
The hunt maintains and breeds a pack of foxhounds that are registered with the masters of Foxhounds Association. The hunt staff assists in the care, feeding and exercising of the pack which is supervised by the huntsman who is under the master’s direction.
Smithtown Hunt is now a 501(c) (3) non-profit charitable organization, whose mission is Conservation, Preservation and Education.
The following pages are your guidelines when fox hunting with the Smithtown Hunt. They will prepare you for a safe and knowledgeable day of fox hunting. You will learn the traditions, the thrill of watching the hounds work and make new friends. TALLY – HO