02-23-2009, 07:44 PM
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The barn I used to be a working student at, and boarded at for 3 years, was - still is - a Fox Hunter Barn.
What it is, is you have a team of 2 - 3 riders and you are to ride the alloted trails marked in a certain time frame.
The trail will be marked, usually with staking tape * brightly colored plastic ribbony stuff, tied around tree's/branches* so the trail will already be designated.
Then the day before, a Hunt Member will ride the trail and time themselves or be timed - say it took them 30 mintues.
The day of the Hunters Pace, no one knows the time frame - but must try to get from start to finish in the time frame they feel necessary.
The team who comes in closest to the time marked, wins.
Least - that is how the barn did it.
There are, will be, fox hunter jumps - if you do it out on a Fox Hunter Run - so expect fences. Expect terrain, expect weather.
There will be lots of people, big crowds, lots of horse/rider teams - so be prepared for that as well.
Have fun! It is a hoot!