The calendar link is for Hunter Paces in the CT and NY area only.
So What is a Hunter Pace? Below is one description...
A hunter pace is a
competitive event derived from foxhunting. Teams of two or three riders
follow an outdoor course laid out over terrain which is meant to simulate
the riding conditions encountered during a foxhunt - that is, a mixture of
gaits that a foxhunter typically uses as a fox's scent is found and followed
by hounds through open country and along wooded trails. They are typically
between 6 and 9 miles, through lovely countryside There are usually 1 or 2
mandatory checkpoints where you & your horse can rest for 3 minutes. Many
of these have a veterinarian present to ensure that each horse is fit to
The ideal winning time is determined in one of two ways depending on the organization holding the event:
- By sending out one team to ride the course before the event. Their time then becomes the winning time & the team which completes the course in a time closest to this ideal time wins. The winning time is not revealed until after every one has completed the course.
- By recording the times of all the teams & then taking an average or median of all the times to determine the winning time.
Most hunter paces are divided into two divisions, with different ideal times. A Hunt division for those experienced in the hunt field who wish to take the course at a faster pace, and a Pleasure division for those who wish to travel more slowly. Although a variety of jumps are found along the course, taking them is always optional for both divisions. Even though there is a competitive aspect to a hunter pace, most riders simply regard it as an enjoyable way to spend a day in the countryside with their mounts and congenial company. The placings are almost secondary.