Annual Hunter Pace: Saturday, September 30, 2018.
Check in begins at noon, first team out at 1pm, last team out at 3pm. Entry fee is $40/rider. Current Coggins tests (within 12 months are required). Lunch is included with entry.
The Course – Both divisions will be teams of 2 riders following the same designated trail. You will be following BLUE streamers and direction arrows. There are 5 pumpkin stops along the trail where each team will pull an envelope from the pumpkin. This envelope contains a playing card. At the end of your ride you will turn in your 5 envelopes (unopened) for a chance at winning the best poker hand.
The Hunt Master – Imagine you’re on a hunt and take off at a pace you would be riding if you were in pursuit of the hounds. This is the tricky part – how fast and how many times have the hounds lost the scent? As hunt masters it’s up to you to set the pace. You will be competing to come as close to a time set by the Shawnee Hounds Master of Foxhounds Dr. Mark Smith. Trophy, prizes to 3rd place and ribbons to 6th place.
The Field Master – Field masters are in charge of caring for the riders in their designated field. First field will be in hot pursuit of the master and hounds, second field will be riding just as fast but going around all the jumps and third field will be going no faster than the slowest rider. Third field is normally ridden at a walk/trot pace. You will be competing to a third field time set by one of our field masters. Trophy, prizes to 3rd place and ribbons to 6th place.
There will be also prizes for Fastest Team, Slowest Team, Best Costume, Best Turnout and more!
Take exit 59 (Herrin / Johnston City) off of I-57, travel west on Herrin Road approximately 2 miles. Parking and trailhead will be on the right. Signs will be posted.
Other Important Information:
– All jumps are optional. Western and non-jumping riders welcome.
– Helmets are required.
– Casual attire allowed, but don’t be afraid to dress up if you’d like to be in the running for the Best Turnout award.
– Please bring water for your horse.
Header image photo credit: Lisa Owen