22 November 2012
Last updated at 01:58
These people may look like traditional fox hunters in the English countryside - before the hunting of mammals with dogs was banned in England in 2004. But they are in South Africa and are not trying to kill any animals. Photos and text by Antony Kaminju in the final edition of the BBC's Focus on Africa magazine.
They are practising “drag hunting”, a sport which apparently also originated in the United Kingdom and involves hounds chasing a scent laid just before the riders set off. There are very few foxes in South Africa, so jackal urine is used instead.
A hunt typically involves up to 50 riders, although as many as 100 may attend on special occasions, such as Boxing Day.
Riders maintain strict codes on security and dress. The right to wear a red jacket is a rare privilege normally only bestowed on a rider who has for many years displayed exceptional dedication to all aspects of the hunt.
But on this occasion, there was a special guest - Enos Mafokate, 65, who runs an equestrian school in Soweto, a township south of Johannesburg. He is South Africa’s first black show jumper having started out as a groom.
Mr Mafokate also introduced some young black township residents to the sport, most of whose practitioners are wealthy white South Africans.
These photos were taken at a farm on the outskirts of Johannesburg on a Sunday morning. Several of the hunters arrived at around 06:30 local time in their four-wheel drive vehicles. Many of the hunt members are well-known event riders who find the hunt environment good training for their horses.
After a long ride, the hunters need refreshment.
Although many animals - even leopards and elephants - are hunted with permits in South Africa, the Rand Hunt, which was founded in 1887, has never chased live animals.