It's about the Hounds, Horses and Riding in Beautiful Country
On a cool fall morning, the four beat staccato of hooves carry you out of the woods and into a field. As you crest a hill, trails through the heavy dew spread out in front of you, each created by one in the pack of foxhounds working together to find the scent that was strategically dragged for the hounds to follow. The tri-color hound strikes the scent and his cry rallies the rest of the pack, encouraged by the doubling of the huntsman’s horn. While this could easily be a tale from a century ago in England, members of the Long Lake Hounds experience it twice a week across a variety of locations in the west-metro.
About the Hunter Pace:
A hunter pace is a form of competition involving horses and riders in which a trail is well marked for horse and rider to follow. Long Lake Hounds sends the Masters to ride the trail at the speed that the Field Hunter (trot/canter/gallop) and Hill Topper (walk/trot/canter) flights would go if they were fox hunting. The pace time is the optimal time set by the Masters to safely, but quickly, ride the set trail taking into account the footing conditions based. All jumps are optional.
Competitors go out in teams of two, three or no more than four to ride the trail. 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 optimal time for the pace. The group to come closest to the pace time wins the competition.
Distance: Approximately 5-6 mile course of marked trails through rolling hills and beautiful woods
Teams: 2, 3, or no more than 4 riders.
Field Hunter (Trot/Canter/Gallop)
Hill Topper (Walk/Trot/Canter)
Cost:Member Adult Price: $40
Member Junior Price: $20 (under 19 years of age)
Non Member Adult Price: $60
Non Member Junior Price: $30 (under 19 years of age)
Location: Maple Plain (bring water for your horses, no water or bathrooms available)
Prizes: Ribbons are given to each team member in First, Second, Third and Fourth in each Division.
Keeping Everyone Safe and Healthy:To ensure that our riders and members adhere to new health guidelines, we ask that all riders preregister. This will ensure that there will be appropriate distance between groups and less people on the roads tacking up at the same time. You will get a confirmation of your start time on Friday, June 12th along with the waiver you will need to sign and bring with you. To minimize contact, we ask that you bring your groups signed waivers and payments paper clipped together. There will be a LLH table with a basket. We are asking for you to place your completed waivers and checks in the basket before tacking up your horse.