Yesterday was spent in Dyrehaven, at an event I have been hearing about ever since I moved to Copenhagen five years ago: the annual Hubertus Hunt. It’s set in the most amazing scenery, and we had the most glorious sunshine (after weeks of rain). Charlotte and I had talked about going this year, so she brought her boyfriend and I invited one of my best friends, Mathias (who took most of these pictures!!).
Every year the traditional Hubertus Hunting Event takes place at Dyrehaven right outside of Copenhagen. It’s a 13-kilometre route with more than 30 different obstacles that the riders will have to pass to make their way to the beautiful Hermitage Castle. No matter if you like horses or not, it’s a really enjoyable way to spend your Sunday. We brought coffee, sandwiches and chocolate and strolled through the woods in glorious sunlight soaking up every little bit of light. The point is not really to see the whole race, it’s more about enjoying time with the people you are with and not rush to see the riders pass the next obstacle. We saw them on three different spots, and it’s a little crazy how close you get to the horses. It’s actually quite unbelievable to watch what feels like a never ending row of horses jumping towards you.
Some of the riders were really quite elegant. Here you can see the Foxtails that lead the race.
And others were.. well, less elegant. Landing pretty is proving to be difficult.
The Royal Family and the beautiful little deer that live in the forest also came to check out what was going on.
I absolutely love the gorgeous autumn colours and the wildlife that Dyrehaven presents, but I must admit I’m not super exited about the bugs that come with being outside. Good thing Charlotte is a lot better at dealing with them than I am (my face reveals everything!). Bah, disgusting!
I prefer this little cutie; look how beautifully it prances along!
There are so many traditions tied to this event, and the aesthetics is something I particularly enjoy. The horses are perfectly groomed, and the riders are in white pants, shiny black riding boots, crisp white shirts and the characteristic red jackets. Leading each heat you can see two foxes (riders wearing fox tails on their shoulders) that lead the way. Following the foxes are the Masters wearing high hats, before the rest of the riders come. Both Charlotte and I have been riding a lot, so being at this wonderful event was a real treat.
The gorgeous Hermitage castle with its characteristic roof and deer head sculptures is absolutely stunning.
The Hubertus Hunt is on the first Sunday in November every year, so you can already mark it off in your calendar for next year. I had so much fun yesterday, although my feet were totally beat after dancing the night away at the party the night before. Truly happy to be outside with my friends in the gorgeous sunshine. Monday is incredibly grey and not very motivating at all, but there is work to be done. Hope you’re all finding good ways to start your week!