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!


2018 Results are IN! click to download (pdf)


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2018 norfolk hunter trials

Sunday, September 30, 2018 @ 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 Friday, 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. Maps will also be posted on this website Friday morning.

Please check this site for any updates.

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