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Camden Hunter Trials take to the course on Sunday

Posted: November 1, 2017 2:33 p.m.
Updated: November 3, 2017 1:00 a.m.

The 82nd edition of the Hunter Trials will be held Sunday, Nov. 5, starting at 9 a.m. on Hunter Trial Hill on Knights Hill Road. 

The site, located across the street from the main entrance to the Springdale Race Course, will be alive with horses, riders and fans for the day’s competition. 

Designed to showcase the jumping ability of horses used in fox hunting, the horses jump courses over natural fences like those found in hunt country.  The terrain is natural and hilly --- over grass with fences made of fallen trees and wooden gates. 

 There are classes for junior riders, hunt pairs, hunt teams.  Some classes are restricted to horses that have hunted at least six times in the last year’s season.

The final class, Best Hunter and Best Turned Out, will have qualified horses and riders following a Field Master over a course of jumps.  The rider must be a member of a hunt.

Back again will be the Jump Jockey Challenge open to riders that have competed in sanctioned steeplechase races over fences. This class is not a race; horses and riders will be judged individually on pace and form over fences.

Judges this year are Mr. and Mrs. Jack Towell of Camden.

Admission to watch is free while reserved parking spaces on the hill are $20 each.

Schooling will be allowed on the course today after 2 p.m., for $20 per horse.

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