Hunter Paces

The Oct 3rd Hunter Pace is Now OPEN for entries Click on the Sign Up Now icon below

Updates for the Memorial Day Hunter Pace.

Hunter Paces

May 31 - Monday Memorial Day

October Sunday Oct 3rd

2021 Hunter Paces

All farm business will be done electronically including the following:

  • Online pre-registration & payment ONLY via Sign Up Genius

  • release form (only have to sign ONCE per season)

  • coggins (only once a year unless it expires, then you'll have to upload a new one)


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

Notes for the day of the Hunter Pace

  • There will be NO secretary

  • There will be a FOOD vendor

  • Park trailers head in so the back of the trailers are facing the drive

  • arrive early enough to be ready to start at your ride time

  • ALL warm up will be in the large limestone ring. Please only jump the 3 flagged obstacles.

  • the Start is in the limestone ring and the finish is in the lower sand 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.

  • Winners will have their choice of mums or pumpkins which ill be decorating the photo booth.

  • 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 the 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.