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    01-20-2012, 01:15 PM
hunter paces

What exactly is hunter paces??

I feel alittle dumb asking but I really have no idea what it is and a video mildot posted spiked my interest.

So any help to find info about it or what its all about is much appreciated

Thanks :)
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    01-20-2012, 01:37 PM
I'm pretty sure its a timed ride cross country with jumps. I don't think the jumps are that big, I also think they may be optional but I'm sure someone more experienced than me can correct me on that point.

As I understand it, you can participate as a single or on a team and the single or team closest to the optimal time wins.

At least that is what I vaguely remember. I took a few lessons at a local barn before the cold weather hit and the trainers daughter does them. So when I start up again in the spring, I think that will be a goal. :)
    01-20-2012, 03:17 PM
It's a timed ride over country similar to what you would ride over in a fox hunt. The organizers will ride the course and set optimum times for each division (faster/slower/non-jumping groups).

Teams of two to four riders go out and run the course. The goal is to come the closes to the optimum time for your division. Any second over or under is a penalty. BTW, no one but the organizer knows the optimum time until it's all over.

The paces put on by the hunt I belong to welcome all riders regardless of tack or discipline. If you don't want to jump, there's a go-by every fence. You just gotta wear a helmet. And if you liked it enough the first time around, pay the re-ride fee and go again.
    01-20-2012, 04:29 PM
Thats awesome maybe I will give it a go this coming spring/summer/fall... always looking for new things to try :)
    01-20-2012, 04:41 PM
I volunteered to give out water at the halfway point for our local (well, the closest one, anyway) hunt's hunter pace in the fall. The riders all looked like they were having a blast. As soon as my horse is ready to ride out in company, we're giving it go.
    01-20-2012, 09:08 PM
They are sooooo fun!
    01-23-2012, 04:13 PM
Hunter paces are great(: The idea of a hunter pace is keeping your horse at the "pace" of the hunt-master. Usually, they're held on cross country courses and are pretty laid-back. You aren't told what the optimum time is, just the speed that you're supposed to go at (350 mpm, etc.). It's a challenge to find that speed and keep it all the way through the course The person with the ride closest to the optimum time wins!

In my experience, they'e been super dooper fun! ;]
    01-23-2012, 06:20 PM
I volunteer at our organizations one and its a fun event. Its a cross country trail usually with jumps an goes on for miles if big enough. They are timed and also as mentioned who ever (teams or single people) have the best time win. And we do teams of about 5.
    01-23-2012, 06:54 PM
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We have hunter paces here. In the fall, the pace has the teams wearing costumes. Too much fun!
    01-23-2012, 07:02 PM
I think I found a new discipline to try with endurance rides this year.. yay :) thanks for the advice

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