Pinto Pony, they are SO much fun!! I didn't write about them in another thread or anything, and I don't really have any pics of them unfortunately. No photographer was at this one! There's another one next weekend though that I'm going to and hopefully they'll take pics!
Basically someone goes out the day before and rides the course at a "hunter's pace"...which means the pace you'd be riding if you were on a fox hunt and the hounds had picked up the scent of a fox (so cantering and trotting). They record the time as the "optimum time".
The day of the pace, people show up in teams of 2 or 3, and a lot of them match colors which is always fun!
They send you off 3 mins apart from each other, and they time your team...from the first team mate to cross the start line to the last team mate to cross the finish line at the end. The team that is closest (not too slow, not too fast!) to the "optimum time" wins! And in this particular series, the ribbons go 10 deep. OH and they don't tell you what the optimum time is until after everyone has finished. The optimum time for this last one I was in was 37 minutes but our team went 50 minutes, so we were way too slow! :-p
We're going to pick up the pace this time and do some more cantering!!
They are FUN you should try it sometime! Basically it's like a really fun trail ride with jumps too! On and this series has 3 divisions and they all get scored separately... Jumpers
-- you must go over ALL of the jumps on course (normally around 25-30 jumps in the ones I've been in)...jumps can be up to 3' but normally the ones I've seen are around 2'-2'6" Non-jumpers (also known as Hilltoppers)
-- same course as the Jumpers, but you don't have to go over any of the jumps...you CAN though if you want to! And you can pick and choose them -- this is the division my team does Trail Riding division --
a more leisurely pace...I don't believe you can win any ribbons in this one, just more for fun and getting trail riding experience.