Hunter Paces

Hunter Paces

May 23 - Saturday - NOT Memorial Day

October 4 - Sunday - NEW DATE

Be sure to read the NEW Protocols when coming to Stone Gate Farm

Notes for the day of the Hunter Pace:

  • there will be NO secretary
  • there will be no FOOD
  • park trailers head in so the back of the trailers are facing the drive
  • park trailers far enough apart so it is easier to practice 'social distancing'
  • arrive early enough to be ready to start at your ride time
  • flat warm u p will be in the large limestone ring (use caution, teams will be finishing in that ring
  • 2 teams or no more than 6 horses will be allowed in the final warm up with jumps in the lower sand ring (use caution as teams start from this ring
  • your time starts when the starter says GO and stops when the last team rider crosses the finish line
  • the first team rider to cross the finish line tells the timer the number and the last team rider tells the timer their number and that they are the last rider.
  • The scores will be posted under the pavilion and riders can help themselves to ribbons, we may run out because there are a lot more 3 person teams than usual.
  • When your division is over, we ask that you call it a day to make room for additional riders. It looks like there are approximately 120 riders and we don't want all of you on teh grounds at one time
  • thank you for playing by the rules so that we will be able to continue to have the farm open for your pleasure.


Spring Hunter Pace 2020.pdf

Click on the arrow in the upper right hand corner for a full version to download & print.

Here's a link where you can blow up that map to better see where you are going

Spring Hunter Pace Map.pdf

2020 Hunter Paces

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 we have had to establish new protocols which you need to READ before entering. They are designed to keep everyone as safe as possible during these trying times.

All farm business will be done electronically to reduce the person to person contact including the following:


What is a hunter pace you ask???

The simple answer, a hunter pace is a nice long enjoyable trail ride with family or friends. Now if you want to know how the elusive “ideal time” is calculated, well that’s a little more detailed. It goes back to its fox hunting roots where riders had to hack to the hunt. They had to figure out how to get to the hunt on time with a horse that was sufficiently warmed up, but not too tired to hunt. Since the hunts generally started fairly early in the morning daylight was definitely something that riders had to consider as well. We would usually leave as soon as you could safely see where we were going and head out at a brisk trot and with a few canters thrown in where the conditions were good. Obviously if there was a fairly steep down hill or bad footing we would walk. If we planned things right we would be at the “meet” with time to spare and horses ready to hunt.

Hunter paces developed as a friendly competition where riders would go out on a marked course 4 – 5 miles long and ride at a pace as if hacking to the “meet” and the one closest to the “ideal” time won. The ideal time is usually determined by having someone ride the course at a good “hunter pace” as described above and that becomes the “ideal time”. However, the pace can vary from pace to pace depending on who is riding the course and on what type of horse. I ride the course on two different types of horses and average the time. For those of you who have been coming here over the years know that I ride my courses exactly as explained above. The jumping division is a somewhat faster pace because they end up doing more cantering than the flat divisions. Over the years we have found that many people really don’t care about being competitive and enjoy a more leisurely pace. However, it seemed that the “turtle” award was being contested by many entrants so we have added a new “trail riders” division. This is a more leisurely pace of mostly walking and trotting. I hope this answers some of your questions. – Jackie