Hunter Club [OPEN]
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about the clubINDEX
For now, registration is open, and other information will be forthcoming!
Staff Member Duties Contact Siri Kane Owner Slack, PM
Welcome to the Hunter Club. For equestrians who love Show Hunters, Field Hunter Trials and Hunter Paces, the Hunter Club is for members to peruse the studbook, find like-minded people to appreciate the hunting disciplines, and to hold and participate in challenges. All breeds are eligible through all levels, as long as you have an appreciation for the hunter disciplines, you're welcome!
Known in the US as a show hunter and in the UK as a working hunter, the horse performs in a ring, usually over a course of 8-10 fences. With a focus on how a horse performs in the hunt field, especially on the horse's manners, movement, jumping form, rhythm, and smoothness around the course. Show hunters are usually warmblood or Thoroughbred types, but not exclusively. They do not have to have the bravery required of the field hunter, nor do they travel over the same type of terrain, as the field or arena is usually fairly level. Although the fences in a show hunter course are usually "natural" poles and standards, as opposed to the brightly colored fences seen in show jumping, the show hunter course does not include rock walls, ditches, or banks that might be seen in the hunt field. The British working hunter is not required to jump obstacles exactly like those met in the hunting field, although a water tray is sometimes used to simulate a ditch, and natural dips in the ground, banks, etc. are often incorporated into the course in order to make it more challenging.
The field hunter may be of any breed, but should possess stamina, a level head, and bravery. The horse should have a safe jump, so as not to get caught on any of the solid obstacles found in the hunt field. The type of terrain is also an important factor: wide open, flat land is generally best for horses of a Thoroughbred type, while rockier, more unforgiving land may be best suited by a draft-cross or tougher breed.
A hunter pace is a form of competition involving horses and riders. In a hunter pace, a trail is marked for horse and rider to follow. On the day of the competition, early in the morning, the hosts of the event send an experienced horse and rider to ride the trail as fast as it is safely possible to do so. This morning ride is called "the dead body run", and it establishes two things:
i. that the trail is clear and safe for the competitors
ii. The "pace time"
The pace time is the ideal time to safely but quickly ride the set trail. When the competitors arrive they send out teams of three or four to ride the trail. Checkpoints set along the ride ensure that the riders are staying on course and are not overworking their horses. Each group of riders is timed. Riders are penalized for either riding too fast and beating the pace time, or too slow and taking longer than the pace time. The group to come closest to the pace time wins the competition, whether over or under the "pace" time.
Everyone who breeds a hunter can be found in the following directory, along with their stable name and contact details.
This is where you can find those prized stallions and mares for breeding, and even geldings who may have straws available for your broodmares. Come and take a look and see if you can find something you've been missing!