THE ANNUAL ELORA HORSE AND HOUND PARADE, RETURNS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6TH, 2019 @ 1PM! Proudly supported by TNYH. Click here to watch the video and donate to either the Canadian Cancer Society or Groves Memorial Hospital and get a charitable receipt.
A hunter pace is a low-key competitive event deriving its roots from riding to hounds. Teams of 2-4 riders, separated by 3 minute intervals, follow an outdoor course laid out over terrain which simulates conditions encountered while foxhunting and is contested at a fair hunting pace, which is a mixture of gaits that a foxhunter typically uses following hounds through open country and along wooded trails (walk, trot, canter - but feel free to go at your own pace). Single riders welcome - we’ll place you a team.
The length for a hunter pace course varies and typically takes up to 1.5 hours to complete depending on how fast or slow you want to go.
There will be ribbons on the trees to mark the course. There are no jumps.
It is up to each team to "guess" what the an ideal time to complete the course might be and to adjust its pace accordingly. The "ideal time" is determined ahead of time by sending out TNYH's Professional Huntsman to ride the course at a "fair hunting pace" before the event. At the event, the team that completes the course in a time closest to the ideal time is placed first. Too fast is penalized just like too slow, so clearly it is not a race.
Even though there is a competitive aspect to a hunter pace, most riders simply regard it as an enjoyable way to spend a day in the countryside with their horses and congenial company. The placings are secondary.
All riders must sign a waiver -- all riders must wear helmets and safety vests are encouraged.