Have you ever participated in hunter paces? Stemming back to fox hunting, hunter paces are semi-competitive and popular amongst both trail riders and competitive jumping riders. An event usually includes a marked course that can be anywhere between 5- 10 miles that include terrain that would have been part of a fox hunt and includes jumps that have a go-around. Many hunter paces are divided into several divisions to include novice leisure riders and more competitive riders.
The event usually has teams of two or three horses and riders. The goal for each team is to achieve the best time for the course that is set for their division. The team that attains the closest time to the set goal is crowned winner at the end of the day. It can be a competitive event for those that choose to join the more aggressive divisions but many participate to enjoy a ride in the cool weather and be with their barn buddies.
Some tips shared by Alissa Hof of SmartPak, a hunter pacer rider includes:
- prepare with your horse and take trail rides
- train with your horse to jump over bales of hay, logs and barrels
- remember to bring all your essentials like your helmet and water for your horse
- add some fun and wear team colors and even include your horse in the dress-up
Start looking around for hunter paces in your area.
For more information: Fall in Love with Hunter Paces
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