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Norfolk Events

Norfolk has a host of events throughout the year.

Horse shows, hunter trials, hunter paces and Polo in the Country are crowd pleasers for participants and spectators alike.

Scroll down for details about all of our events...

 
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Hounds ‘N Horses Hootenanny

 
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Get ready to dust off your cowboy hat and pull on your dancing boots!

Horse ’n Hounds Hootenanny is this year’s largest fundraiser and supports the Norfolk Club’s ongoing preservation and maintenance of open space, including over 200 miles of trails. This year’s party will have a rodeo theme. Guests will be transported back to the rough and tumble days of the Wild West while enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dancing. Try your hand at bull riding and catch up with friends!

We invite you to become a Grand Patron or Patron for this fun and festive evening! Donations from Grand Patrons and Patrons provide a significant percentage of the profits for the event. As in past year, this helps us keep the regular ticket price within reach for our broader community. 

As Horse ’n Hounds Hootenanny leaders in our efforts to steward the land, you get: 

Grand Patron ($1000)

  • Two tickets to the event

  • Name on the invitation

  • Preferred (VIP) parking

Patron ($500)

  • Two tickets to the event

  • Name on the invitation

FOR MORE INFORMATION, email hootenanny@norfolkhunt.com or call 508-785-5092 (Amey)

 

TICKETS & PATRONS

The deadline to be included as a patron on the invitation is Sunday, April 28th. Please pay online or email your intent to hootenanny@norfolkhunt.com

To pay by check, make checks payable to the “Norfolk Hunt Club”, note “HHH”, Send to Norfolk Hunt Club, P.O. Box 242, Dover, MA 02030

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Norfolk Hunt Horse Show

 

Norfolk Hunt Horse Show Receives Prestigious Heritage Competition Designation from the United States Equestrian Federation.

The Norfolk Hunt Horse Show, which will celebrate its 109th year on May 25 and 26, 2019, has been selected by the United States Equestrian Federation to join the ranks of such esteemed horse shows as The Hampton Classic, Devon Horse Show, Upperville Colt and Horse Show, and the Washington International to receive the prestigious "Heritage Competition" designation. In so doing, the NHHS becomes one of 24 shows -- out of 2,600 USEF competitions -- to hold the coveted honor given to a Federation show. The designation of a USEF Heritage Competition is reserved for those competitions that have been in existence for a quarter century or more, promoted and grown equestrian sport, and made a contribution to the community outside the gates of the horse show, by achieving, maintaining and promoting the equestrian ideas of sportsmanship and competition.

The Norfolk Hunt Club submitted extensive historical documentation to the USEF, as part of the submission process for the Heritage Competition designation. This information included the history of the show, many historic photos and letters from equestrian professionals -- including Olympians -- who have enjoyed competing in the Norfolk Hunt Horse Show.

View historical research and photos

View letters of support from equestrian luminaries

Interested in becoming a sponsor and supporting our mission? Please email Desmond O’Leary: desmond.oleary@gmail.com

 

Horse Show Forms

Know before you show

  • For those in USEF/USHJA recognized classes:
    All horses/ponies competing in classes that require USHJA horse registration must be microchip compliant and have the microchip on file with USEF. (exceptions: Leadline Division & Academy Division)

  • Is your horse/pony properly recorded with USEF & USHJA? If not, you won't get your rider number.

  • Owners, Trainers, Riders over the age of 18 must have completed your USEF SafeSport training in its entirety before you can show. Access the complete training module through your USEF member dashboard.

  • All owners, trainers, rider must have an "active competing" membership with USEF & USHJA. The "fan" membership will not cut it.

  • All horses and ponies on the grounds need a current negative Coggins & a completed Health Certificate.

Even if you're just coming to watch or school in a ring, make sure you have all of this taken care of to your morning smoother.

 

 

Norfolk  Hunter Pace

On Sunday June 2, 2019 our annual Norfolk Hunter Pace starts at The Norfolk Hunt Club Steeplechase Course at 240 North Street in Medfield MA, The Pace will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the last rider out at 12:00 p.m. noon.

Come for a beautiful 8 mile + ride through Norfolks beautiful territory of open fields and wooded trails in Dover and Medfield, some of which are not usually available to the general riding community.

Teams of two or three riders compete in one of three divisions: first flight (jumping), second flight (flats) and hilltoppers (slower pace flats). All divisions encounter inviting fences and stone walls not to exceed 3' 6" in height. A way around all obstacles is available to all riders. Riders in all divisions could go around jumps at their own discretion. ** Please note that riders under the age of 16 years-old must have an adult rider on their team**

The teams finishing closest to the pre-determined optimum time are awarded blue ribbons. Additional ribbons will be given to the other 9 top finishing teams in each division. Awards are given at 2:30 PM.

Entry fee of $75 per adult rider and $50 per junior (under 18) rider. All riders must sign a Liability Waiver. All riders must wear helmets. Lunch is included. Spectators may purchase lunch on the grounds. There is no water available for horses in the exercise field, so please bring water containers.
 

 

 

Polo in the Country

 
 
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The 17th annual "Polo In the Country" -- a fun filled afternoon of sport and entertainment for adults and children alike--will take place on Sunday September 8, 2019 with a rain date of Sunday, September 15, 2019 at the Norfolk Hunt Steeplechase Course, 240 North Street, Medfield, MA. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. Activities begin at 12:15 p.m., Polo begins at 1:00 p.m.

The event, presented by the Norfolk Hunt Club, raises funds for the preservation and protection of recreational space in Medfield, Dover, Sherborn and the surrounding communities.

 


Three types of seating are available: general admission (bring your own chair), reserved tailgate spots and reserved table seating. General admission is $20 for adults and $5 for children, payable as you enter. Tailgate spots at field side are $115 by advance reservation. Table seating is $40 per seat or $300 per table of eight and must be reserved in advance. To purchase tickets, (508) 250-9953 or email norfolkpolo@gmail.com.

This year's match will pit Norfolk Polo against Dedham Polo. Both teams are comprised of players who have competed throughout the United States, Europe and South America. "Polo In the Country" is the only polo event open to the public in the Metrowest area.

The afternoon flies by quickly, as entertainment and amenities surrounding the game provide additional excitement for spectators. Children may take pony rides, participate in an old fashioned Candy Toss, get autographs from the players and meet hounds from the Norfolk Hunt kennels. Spectators will enjoy the tailgate competition and the equestrian themed half-time entertainment.
 


Norfolk Field Hunter Show

 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to heavy rain and winds expected Friday into Saturday morning we HAVE MOVED the Field Hunter Show to Sunday September 15th


The Norfolk Hunt Field Hunter Show will will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2019 (NOTE date change from September 7th due to inclement weather forecasted). The event is a favorite among fox hunters, jumpers, eventers and riders of all levels as it provides a beautiful course of natural jumps, in a low-key relaxed atmosphere. Competitors consistently report they love the friendly ambiance, beautiful setting and strong tradition of foxhunting the show provides. Horses are judged on manners, performance and soundness.

The Field Hunter Show takes place on the lower field of the Norfolk Hunt Steeplechase Course (240 North Street, Medfield, MA) and incorporates flat classes, traditional foxhunting obstacles and other elements experienced in foxhunts, including a "Gone Away," "Hold Hard" and "Lead Over," in which the rider dismounts to lead their horse over a lowered fence. Hunting attire is required for all competitors. Formal attire with hunt colors is also permissible.

NOTE: NO SCHOOLING over NORFOLK HUNT CLUB PROPERTY FENCES allowed one week prior to the show. STRICTLY ENFORCED.

For information contact Alex Quayle, 508-561-4825, email: maydream7785@gmail.com

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Field Hunter Show Forms


Norfolk Hunter Trials

The Norfolk Hunter Trials are an important part of the Norfolk Hunt experience. We hope they provide good fun and an opportunity to compete and socialize with congenial people who share similar interests in land preservation, camaraderie, and good sport with horses and hounds.

A particular goal of the Norfolk Hunter Trials is to encourage riders to improve their riding capabilities, so that they may have a safer and more fulfilling experience. By preparing for the trials and challenging ourselves to do a little more, we become more competent and more confident riders.

Happy Hunting!


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2019 norfolk hunter trials

Sunday, September 29, 2019 @ 10am
Norfolk Hunt Steeplechase Course
240 North Street
Medfield, MA

Please contact Mike Paparo (mbpaparo@hotmail.com) or (401) 651-3282 with any questions.

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The courses will open to walk on saturday, september 28th at 1:00 p.m.

Maps will be available in a Tupperware container at the start of the courses, under the "Start" sign.

Please check this site for any updates.

NOTE: NO SCHOOLING over NORFOLK HUNT CLUB STEEPLECHASE PROPERTY FENCES
allowed one week prior to the hunter trials. STRICTLY ENFORCED.


Norfolk Hunter Trials Classes

 

Novice Qualified & Novice Open & Novice Pairs - 10:00am to 11:30am

A shorter, lower course with jumps ~2'0" to 2'6"
(a) Novice Qualified
For riders, riding the horse/pony they regularly hunt, who have hunted with Norfolk at least 4 times in the current calendar year.
(b) Novice Open For any rider wishing to ride the novice course.
(c) Novice Pairs
Teams of riders to ride abreast or sequentially as their discretion. Abreast scores more points. Order may change during the course. No restrictions on entries. Horses and riders may have competed in earlier classes.
Horses competing in Novice divisions may NOT compete in any other division except Pairs. Riders competing in Novice Open division may NOT compete in the qualified divisions, but may compete in pairs and in open on another horse.

Qualified (Junior (under 18 years old) and Senior) - 12:00 pm - 1:00pm

Jumps ~3'
For riders, who have hunted with Norfolk, riding the horse/pony they regularly hunt. Rider-horse combination must have hunted with Norfolk at least 4 times in the current calendar year. Ribbons will be awarded separately for junior and senior riders.

Open - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Jumps ~3'
Any rider-horse combination, provided horse has not competed in earlier classes.  Juniors may compete in this class.

Pairs - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Jumps ~3'
Teams of riders to ride abreast or sequentially as their discretion. Abreast scores more points. Order may change during the course. No restrictions on entries. Horses and riders may have competed in earlier classes.

Awards --3:30pm
 

 

Courses

Novice -about 12 x-country fences (about 2'6") plus a "gone away," a "hold hard," and a lead-over.

Novice Pairs - 10 x-country fences (about 2' to 2'6")

Qualified and Open - 20-25 x-country fences (about 3') including a modest ditch, plus a "gone away," a "hold hard," a lead-over and a mounted gate opening and closing (2 minute time limit).

Pairs - 10 x-country fences (about 3')

Jumps are numbered sequentially and must be taken in that order. Missing a fence will mean elimination.

Special obstacles

Gone away - move from hunting pace to gallop to hunting pace over a designated interval. Judged on change in pace and horse's obedience.

Hold hard - stop at the sound of the hunting horn or judge's call and stand quietly until told to proceed. Judged on obedience.

Lead over - dismount and lead horse over a low rail. Dismount, run up stirrups, lower top rail, lead horse over low rail, replace top rail. Remount. A mounting block will be provided. If horse will not cross rail within two minutes, a penalty will be imposed. Rider should continue.


Attire

Formal hunt attire for qualified divisions, hunt or show attire for all others. Protective headgear is required.


New England Hunter Trials

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The New England Hunts Championship Hunter Trials will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2019 and will be hosted by the Myopia Hunt Club in South Hamilton, MA.

 
 
 

The course consists of natural obstacles typically found in hunting country. The divisions have been established to allow riders of various levels of experience (and bravery!) to participate, whether they are actually hunting or not. With the exception of Teams and Pairs, the course is ridden individually. It is not a timed event and is judged on the horse’s performance only. The majority of fences in each Division are below the maximum height.

Divisions 1, 2 and 3 are limited to Qualified horses only.
Division 4 is open to all riders.
For more information contact:

Wendy Wood, Myopia Joint MFH: wendyjwood@comcast.net

 

DIVISION 1: Heard Cup (maximum 4’0”)

DIVISION 2: Qualified Seniors (maximum 3’6”)

DIVISION 2a: Novice Qualified Seniors (average 2’6”)

DIVISION 3: Qualified Juniors (maximum 3’6”)

DIVISION 3a: Novice Qualified Juniors (average 2’6”)

DIVISION 4: Open (maximum 3’6”)

DIVISION 4a: Novice Open (average 2’6”)

DIVISION 4b: Open High (maximum 4’0”)

DIVISION 4c: Teams of Three (maximum 3’6”)

DIVISION 4d: Novice Pairs (average 2’6”)

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IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS


Directions

  • Take route 24 to route 195 East

  • Take the 2nd exit on Route 195 for Route 88 (south is only way one can go)

  • At the 4th light (about 7 miles) turn left on Hix Bridge Road

  • Go down the hill, through 4-way stop, and over the river.

  • Take the 2nd right (Pine Hill Gas will be on the left) on Horseneck Road

  • Go 3.9 miles. Watch for signs directing to pace and parking.

Westport Hunter Pace

The tenth annual Westport Hunter Pace will take place on Sunday October 20, 2019. Located at the corner of Horseneck Road and Fisherville Lane in Westport, MA, the pace will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the last rider out at 12:00 p.m. noon.

As in past years, the hunter pace course will offer 8 to 10 miles of terrain through open fields and wooded trails, most of which is usually not available to the general riding community. Spectacular views of the Westport River and historic farms may be enjoyed throughout the ride.

Teams of two or three riders (participants under the age of 16 years-old must have an adult rider on their team) will compete in one of two divisions: First Flight or Second Flight. Both divisions will encounter 20 or more inviting fences and stone walls not to exceed 3' 6" in height. A way around all obstacles will be available to all riders. Riders in both divisions may go around jumps at their own discretion.

The First Flight and Second Flight teams finishing closest to the pre-determined optimum time will be awarded blue ribbons. Ribbons will be given to the other 9 top finishing teams in each division.

Entry fee is $100 the day of the event, $90 paid in advance. Lunch is included. Spectators may purchase lunch on the grounds. Proceeds are used to support land conservation and farming in Westport as well as land conservation in the Charles River Watershed.

Last year's pace was a great success. Blue skies, light winds and safe footing were enjoyed by more than 180 riders. Mark your calendar for October 20th to enjoy the most beautiful hunter pace in New England!

Please direct all questions to huntpace@norfolkhunt.com or call Lisa Lewis at (508) 740-9270.