Efficiency Tests (E to A) / Hunting Certificate

Members wanting to take their Hunting Test are required to attend the following:

  • One session at the Hunt Kennels, to include a talk from either the Huntsman, Whipper-in or Master with a tour of the kennels and stables.
  • One practical session at either the kennels or other suitable place - to include opening and shutting gates and hunting conduct.
  • One morning hunting accompanied by a suitable (nominated by the Branch of The Pony Club) adult.

The Hunting Test at the Hunt Kennels should be marked as follows:

  • Accompanied days hunting 50%
  • Oral assessment 50%

The passing of the Hunting Test allows the Member to go hunting unaccompanied and this should be in the Assessors’ mind during the test. The Members should be tested orally, the Member either passes or fails wholly at the discretion of the Assessors.

It should be taken into account that the Member may be nervous, and the Assessors may try to lead the Member towards an answer if they feel they are suffering from nerves rather than ignorance.

If the Member is a borderline case, it is recommended that they be accompanied for a further days hunting by one of the Assessors and encouraged to explain what is going on during the day and be asked informal questions.

Assessors may then ask the Member as many of the following questions as they feel appropriate.

The Pony Club Hunting Certificate - Questions

What is meant by the following?

Dog Hound  Young Entry  Line
Bitch Loose Horse A Drag Hunt
Brood Bitch Entered Hounds Gate Please
Covert Throws His/Her Tongue Scent (good/poor/catchy)
Babbler Get a View All On
To Lay a Trail A Couple A Hound Opening
To Draw Hounds A Mute Hound Red / Green Ribbon
To Draw a Covert Huic Holloa Check
Cast “Ware” hole/hare/noise The Field
Puppy Walking Car Followers  



  1. What part does hunting play in the Countryside?
  2. Whose goodwill does hunting rely upon to continue?
  3. Where are the _ _ _ _ _ Hunt Kennels situated?
  4. Who are the Masters of the _ _ _ _ _ Hunt?
  5. What days do the _ _ _ _ _ Hunt hunt and who is the Master responsible for each day?
  6. What is the Field Master’s role out hunting?

The following must be relevant to your hunt: -

  1. Who is the Huntsman?
  2. Who is the 1st and/or 2nd Whipper-in?
  3. Who is the Kennel Man?
  4. Who is the Stud Groom?
  5. Who is the Terrier/Fencing man?
  6. Who is the Secretary?


  1. When entering young hounds why do we meet so early in the morning?
  2. What farming task has to be completed before we may begin the Hunting season?


  1. When and where is the Opening Meet?
  2. What time do we meet?
  3. What do we wear?
  4. What do you do when you arrive at the Meet?
  5. What is ‘heel line’?
  6. What should you do before you go home?
  7. What is the role of Gate-shutters during the days hunting?
  8. What should you carry in your pocket?
  9. What is the organisation that defends and promotes hunting?

Accompanied days Hunting to include: -

  • Hacking to the meet
  • Saying good-morning to the Masters, Secretary and Hunt staff
  • Conduct when riding in the hunting field
  • Gate shutting
  • Saying good-night

Practical Assessment

  • Opening and closing a gate using a hunting whip


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