The Belle Meade Fox Hunt runs from November through March, beginning with the Blessing of the Hounds on the first Saturday in November. Then, hunts are held each Wednesday and Saturday through March.
Ride along on a Tally-ho wagon through historic sites and beautiful rolling countryside of McDuffie County, following scarlet-coated hunters and well-trained hounds on a simulated fox hunt. It’s an unforgettable McDuffie County tradition.
The single wagon riding at the first meet has grown to 25, carrying 500 riders, and is the main reason Belle Meade’s Opening Meet is the most unique anywhere. Natives who haven’t missed a hunt in years ride along with the visitors in the wagons. The wagons extend across a mile or more of fields and woodlands, a whooping and hollering part of the chase.
As horses and riders thunder over the 20,000 lush green acres of hunt country, spectators snap pictures and passers-by slow or stop their cars to see the fabulous scene. Belle Meade not only draws viewers and visitors from as far away as Canada, Switzerland and Australia, it also accounts for many who arrive for a hunt or a season, then return to live and retire in Thomson.