Hunter Pace Archives

Thanks to everyone who participated either as a competitor or volunteer at the SCUEC Hunter Pace & Trail Ride over the past years. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and plan to join us for our regular Rides .

Check back later to get updated information on our 2015 Ride.

What is a Hunter Pace?
A Hunter Pace is based on the sport of field hunting. However, instead of following a pack of hounds, a pre-set trail is marked that includes the natural objects such as water crossings and jumps (all jumps are optional).

Most hunter paces have two or more divisions; one for those who are more serious about competing, and one for those interested in a relaxing trail ride.

The pace time is the ideal time to safely but quickly ride the designated trail. Competitors will be sent out in teams of one to four at a designated time. A short rest stop will be set about midway along the ride to ensure that riders are staying on course and are not overworking their horses. There will be some jumps along the trails but all jumps are optional. A safety helmet must be worn if you intend to jump.

How do we prepare for a Hunter Pace?
Before the actual competition, the organizers time an experienced horse and rider who rides the course as fast as possible, while still being safe. This becomes the pace time that is used for judging. The trail is also inspected and deemed clear and safe for competitors at that time.

How long is the ride?
The length of the hunter pace is generally anywhere from about 5 to 12 miles over varied terrain.

How is the Competition judged?
There’s really no governing body for hunter paces, so rules tend to vary and are adjusted to suit the terrain, organizers, and the number of teams competing. There will be separate pace times for each division.

The Goal:
The main goal of a hunter pace is to have an enjoyable ride. The prize for coming closest to the pace time is regarded as a secondary goal.

What Equipment will you need?
There are no set rules about what you must wear to a hunter pace; this is not a formal field hunt. Helmets are recommended along with boots and comfortable, safe clothing appropriate for the weather. You will want a saddle you feel safe and comfortable in for jumping and you may want to wear a watch to keep track of time.

How should you prepare your Horse?
Any competition can be a high-stress situation for your horse, no matter how casual it may seem to us. Other horses may come galloping by, wild animals can run across your trail, etc. Having a well schooled, trail-wise horse will make your hunter pace more enjoyable.

How should you prepare Yourself?
Fun is the number-one priority, so don’t worry about being too competitive. Be aware that when you go to competitions, your horse may become excitable. This is normal and good schooling, and experience will help overcome this.
Arrive as early as you can so you don’t feel rushed before your ride. Be sure to have a current negative Coggins with you and pre-entering can reduce some stress and time.

Benefits of Hunter Paces:
A hunter pace is a great way to have fun and experience a small taste of field hunting while enjoying time with friends and their horses, and also meeting new ones.

General Rules and Regulations for Riding on CU Trails
Do not take dogs on the trail.
NO SMOKING while on the trails.
Do not leave the marked path. Permission is given only for trails marked with markers.
Do not litter!
Move slowly and use caution when approaching a road crossing. Be sure to look both ways before crossing. Remember; cars have the right of way.
Ground conditions may require riders to stay off certain areas while on the trail. Do not cause damage to ground before and after jumps. Keep to the shoulder of public highways, and always ride with the traffic.*
* Riding in the same direction as the traffic is a SC State Law.

Report on South Carolina Upstate Equestrian Council (SCUEC) Hunter Pace & Trail Ride, Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Many thanks to all of the participants that helped to make the SCUEC Hunter Pace and Trail Ride a memorable event. We had a total of 34 separate teams, comprised of 67 horses and riders. We were once again ecstatic with the turnout for our event, and the compliments received.

As teams started out from the Butch Kennedy Trail head the morning was once again brisk and clear, as the day turned sunny – another perfect day for a trail ride in the Clemson Forest.

Participants complimented that trails were well marked with an assortment of views ranging from wooded, to open fields, to the pleasing half way point located at a point of land with an open view of Lake Hartwell. They also enjoyed an assortment of beverages for riders, and treats for horses while viewing the lake.

A big thank-you goes out to the many volunteers that came out to support SCUEC. They did a great job planning and preparing for this event, parking all of those trailers, providing assistance at road crossings, serving a warm and wonderful lunch, taking pictures, and finally the clean-up after the event (which is always the hardest job). Also thanks especially to Susan Melvin and Kris You for their superb lunch, and of course to Jan Smith for all of her help in making our Hunter Pace/Trail Ride a success. Many, many thanks; we can’t express how much we appreciate you all!

Results for the Field Division:
1st place: Clare Summers & Dorothy Wilson 1:37:13 0:04:32
2nd place: Bayliss Mitchell & Paula Moore 1:39:29 0:06:48
3rd place: Beth Goldizen 1:44:08 0:11:27
4th place: Baiba Bourbeau & Beatrice Lamb 1:46:50 0:14:09
5th place: Sherry Wyatt 1:47:15 0:14:34
6th place: Marc & Rachel Sauve 1:47:37 0:14:56
Honorable Mention: Elise Rogers 1:48:05 0:15:24
Results for the Trail Division:
1st place: Doug & Nicole Cobb 1:58:32 0:00:29
2nd place: Kristin Hughes 1:58:05 0:00:56
3rd place: Cathleen Coggins & Debra Kennerly 1:57:20 0:01:41
4th place: Kyle & Michelle Garrison and Sherrer Wivdyka 2:00:45 0:01:44
5th place: David & Donna Taylor 1:57:05 0:01:56
6th place: Charles Kalkremter & Patrea Pabst 2:01:10 0:02:09

Report on South Carolina Upstate Equestrian Council (SCUEC) Hunter Pace & Trail Ride, Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Many thanks to all of the participants that helped to make the SCUEC Hunter Pace and Trail Ride a memorable event. We had a grand total of 39 separate teams, comprised of 80 horses and riders. We were ecstatic with the turnout for our first event and the compliments received.The morning was brisk, but sunny, with temperatures in the lower thirties as teams started out from the Butch Kennedy Trail head of Fant’s Grove trails system in Pendleton, SC. It was a perfect day for a trail ride.

Participants complimented that the trails were well marked with an assortment of views ranging from wooded, to open fields, to the pleasing half way point located at a point of land with an open view of Lake Hartwell. They also enjoyed an assortment of beverages for riders, and carrots for horses while viewing the lake.

big thank-you goes out to the many volunteers that came out to support SCUEC and made this an enjoyable event for all. They did a great job planning and preparing for this event, parking all of those trailers, providing assistance at road crossings, serving a warm and wonderful lunch, taking pictures, and finally the clean-up after the event (which is always the hardest job). Also thanks to Jan Smith for all of her patient guidance to SCUEC in helping to make our first Hunter Pace/Trail Ride a success. Many, many thanks, we appreciate you!

Results for the Field Division:
First place team – Anitra and Calvin Halford of Columbus, NC
Second place team – Shauna Moore of Columbus, NC
Third place team – Mike Kinsey of Belton, SC
Fourth place team – Kathy Bucks of Belton, SC, Clare Summers of Pendleton, SC, and Dorothy Wilson of Easley, SC
Fifth place team – Beth Goldizen of Roebuck, SC
Sixth place team – Laiken Hawk of Westunion, SC, Adley Lawton of Six Mile, SC, Brooke Johnson of Pickens, SC, and Brenda Rathz of Six Mile, SC
Results for the Trail Division:
First place team – Becky Bockoven of Marietta, SC and Hope Nixon from the Florida Keys
Second place team Karen Brockway of Greenville, SC and Nancy Mason of Greer, SC
Third place team – Michael and Sheila Veatch of Tryon, NC
Fourth place team – Melissa Betz of Clemson, SC, Elizabeth Gregory of Easley, SC, Lila Kilby of Clemson, SC and Ross Vilardi of Central, SC
Fifth place team – Bobby Turner of Spartanburg, SC
Sixth place team – Mary-Lu Elias and Lin Martin of Campobello, SC

Winner{ Becky Bockoven shared this with Jan Smith (WCHP) by Email: “My friend, Hope Nixon, who was riding with me was visiting and although she once worked professionally with horses, she had not been on a horse in 20+ years and I didn’t tell her ahead of time about the Pace. She thought we were just going to Fant’s Grove for an ordinary trail ride. I signed us up before she knew what was happening! She rode Apple, my AERC limited-distance mount, and I could tell they were getting along great and having fun. So they set the pace and I just followed along. Hope was thrilled to win a ribbon on her first time on a horse in over 20 years! It was a wonderful day and I appreciate all the volunteers!”

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