Not sure where @Jessica1 and @Kane8907 are coming from --but to the topic of hunt breakfasts --sadly and hopefully temporarily the hunt breakfasts at our club evolved as predicted. After 3 to 3.5 hours of vigorous riding after Mr. Fox in the Michigan weather (colder all the time) horses are cooled and put into stalls with hay and water, then lawn chairs are placed into the aisle (dirt floor) at a safe social distance and each person balances a self-prepared meal on his/her knees then tries to make conversation as best one can. Moving around is discouraged and difficult as what does one do with the meal on the knees as one tries to rise and visit with another member? Set it on the dirt?
As people leave (was the first to leave this week as it was quite cold on the hunt, and I could not face my salad sitting shivering in front of Will’s stall) --one must lead horses through the gauntlet of lawn chairs as toes and drinks are shifted out of the way. My horse tried to be polite and say hello/goodbye to each member by shoving his face into whatever they were eating. Of course the hooves stirred up a bit of dust . . .
I keep telling myself this is just temporary, but at this point I am driving 3 hours (90 min each way) to hunt for 3-4 hours. The drive home is tough. I’m cold, trying to eat my food with one hand and drive --frankly, I miss the social aspect (as I’m sure everyone does). Often I would as fellow riders who live near me take out my second flight horse --but now each must drive separately, so help there.
I did ask the board why a table or chairs can’t be provided --statement made that the board encourages people to LEAVE after hunting --any tables or chairs or using the indoor arena would be seen as “allowing a gathering” —since there are many medical and law enforcement people in the club, all COVID rules are being followed. That’s good --I am high risk with age –
So that’s the update on hunt breakfasts for my club --the members gather, the hounds run, and we are doing the best we can —still, for this old gal who has been hunting for 55 years, it is, as it is for all of us now, a difficult time