I have hunted with Keswick on several occasions and it was wonderful every time. They have a keen pack of hounds that hunt foxes only. It was an awesome day to see 2 deer, 2 coyotes, and 2 foxes come out of the same covert that the hounds had just drawn...and then to see the hounds only follow the fox line.
I have been out with Farmington once. It was a very nice day several years ago during hunt week.
I have not had a chance to go out with Oakridge yet. Perhaps someone else could fill you in.
I would contact the hunts individually to see who has hirelings.
I've been out with ODH several times. (It may be a bit farther afield, but worth it.) I have had a blast each time out with ODH. I have never ridden one of Hunter's Rest's horses, but I have seen many of them out in the field giving their riders a marvelous day. Hunter's Rest also runs a B&B...so you could stay and ride, if that suited your plans.
I would recommend going out with Keswick. Call Sally Lamb at Oakland Heights Farm in Gordonsville and see if she will do a hireling. She has an active show/hunting lesson barn, and frequently leads the 3rd field at Keswick, so she may be able to accommodate you. http://www.oaklandheightsfarm.com/
What rates do you all see for hirelings? At my hunt it runs $200 for the horse for the day. The horse is delivered with its bridle and girth. A saddle can be provided if needed.
$150-200 is common, if you go out with the hireling owner's hunt. That includes delivery completely tacked up (they may let you use your saddle *IF* it fits the horse). If you want to go out with a different hunt, they may also charge you a cap fee for themselves in order to come along to keep an eye on your & the hireling.
Thanks to all for the advice. I will reach out to Keswick as it seems to be the closest and keep the others in mind for future trips. I know I will need a full service (I show up and ride) arrangement due to the travel schedule that I have.
SidesaddleRider- I will reach out to Sally Lamb.
Pinkpony- please PM me the contact information if you have a chance and I will check with a couple of other places to get rates and details.