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History, Tradition & Community


We are the original

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Help Us Hang On Tight


The Red Hook Society is the oldest such organization in the country. Our formation occurred in 1796 and official annual meetings have carried on with intention. Records are filed with New York State, some of which are available upon request.

224 years old in 2020....WOW and Congratulations!


Our purpose was announced in the following 1796 NOTICE:

HORSE THIEVES! Public notice is hereby given that a Society is established in the upper part of Rhinebeck for the sole purpose of recovering Stolen Horses and Apprehending the Thieves, and to carry the same into effect, a number of riders are engaged to go immediately in pursuit of stolen horses, at the expense of the society, for which adequate funds are established.

Published by order of the Society, October 28, 1796.

 (Originated in what is now Upper Red Hook, The Town of Red Hook was formed some 17 years later in 1813.

By periodically posting and publishing the members names, the society sought to ward off potential rustlers. The theory was that a thief would keep clear of any horse belonging to a society member because pursuit would be certain.


* US President George Washington issued his Farewell Address (Which warns against partisan politics and foreign entanglements....)

* John Adams defeats Thomas Jefferson in US Presidential election

* Tennessee became the 16th State

* The Red Hook Society for the Apprehension and Detention of Horse Thieves is Born



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Help Us Hang On Tight

Help Us Hang On Tight


Help sponsor our Scholarship, Charitable giving, help fund the annual meeting that sustains the organization. (To keep dues down for our seniors and those on a budget.)

Your name or your company name will be recognized and shown appreciation here, in social media and at the annual meeting.

The Society is focused on the community and is very proud to grant an annual $500.00 scholarship to a deserving graduating high school senior interested in studies in the equine field. 


* Anonymous donor 2017 for the 2nd $500 Scholarship

* In October of 2018 an anonymous supporter donate $350 in support of the organization and the annual dinner meeting.

* In October of 2019, Susan Kayne of Unbridled Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation pledged $500 for a scholarship in memory of 

Stephanie Bodie.


Todd Baright,       President

Trilby Sieverding, Secretary

Paul Laibach,       Treasurer

Karen Baright,  Dues Collector &



Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events


Our official meeting is held annually in Red Hook NY (the upstate 12571 Red Hook not to be confused with Red Hook in Brooklyn, NY) on the first Tuesday of October.

The 2020 meeting and dinner will be at 6:00 October 6th.  This year's meeting will be modified due to Covid 19.  We may meetin a large outdoor space, big enough for everyone, for a picnic lunch and meeting.  Or we may meet in our usual lovely barn with very limited attendance.  ALl others will be invited to attend by Zoom and/or Facebook Live.  Stay tuned......


Please plan to join us for what is always a hoot, a step back in time, with horse stories, great people and good food. 

You will also enjoy hearing of the horse thievery and pursuits of the previous 12 months, told by this years Riders. 

A horse related speaker also makes an always interesting presentation. New hopeful members make a short speech professing their recollection (real or fabricated) of a horse tail....tale. (All fun, no pressure and usually resulting in membership acceptance)


Become a Horse Thief Apprehender (member) or RSVP for the October dinner by calling 845-758-9121 or by using the "Contact Us" section below.

We Appreciate Our Sponsors and Donors: 

CJ's Italian Ristorante

353 Old Post Road

    Rhinebeck, NY  12571

Advice From a Horse

  • Take life's hurdles in stride.
  • Loosen the reins.
  • Be free spirited.
  • Keep the burrs from under your saddle.
  • Carry your friends when they need it.
  • Keep stable.
  • Gallop to greatness!

Join Us and / or Help Support The Cause

Sign up to: * Become a member at this years meeting * Support & Donate * To join our email club (No Ropes About It, Just News....) * Ask Questions * Tell us Stories

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Red Hook Horse Thieves

7509 N Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571

(845) 758-2700