The 79th annual Hunter Trials, sponsored by the Camden Hunt, will take place Saturday beginning at 9 a.m., at Hunter Trial Hill on Knights Hill Road, across the street from the Springdale Race Course.
Traditionally held in late winter, during fox hunting season, the Hunter Trials offers a day of competition for horse and rider that simulates the terrain and the fences jumped while out hunting.
Classes include Junior Hunters, for riders under 18 years old, and a special "Round Up" class held at the end of the day. This latter class is open to all horses shown during the day and the rider must be a member of any hunt. The horses and riders will follow a Field Master over the course and will be judged for suitability as a field hunter. There will also be a prize for the best turned out horse or pony.
Other classes include green hunters, pair classes, hunt teams and a field hunter challenge.
Judges are RoseMarie Landrum and Kristina Landrum.
There is no charge to watch the trials, but reserved parking is available for $10 per car for a spot up on the hill with a clear view of the course.
Spaces for Saturday’s Hunter Trials can be reserved by calling Lea Edwards at 803-669-1590.