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Still jumping at 79
Hunter Trials on tap for Saturday
THE HUNTER TRIALS, an annual harbinger of spring, returns to Hunter Trial Hill in Camden for Saturdays competition.

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.