New England Hunter Trials, anyone?
Can someone tell me a little more about what a Hunter Trial is like? More specifically the New England Hunter Trials?
I've been invited to the NE Hunter Trials by a member of the Green Mountain Hounds. I think this would be a great opportunity (if I can swing it) for my sale horse, get more exposure type of thing. It sounds very similar to our hunt's Master's Test that my horse and I did last season, but much bigger and more formal "show" atmosphere. I don't see an issue with the jumps and "events", moreso what is appropriate behavior of the rider (I do like to be talkative when I go xc at horse trials :o).
Can I carry a riding crop as opposed to a hunt whip?
Bits: "Acceptable bits include snaffles, pelhams, kimberwicks, 3-rings and other bits customary in the hunt field at that time." I usually hunt him in a loose ring snaffle gag with 2 reins, I'm not the only one hunting with this bit (I wouldn't say it's popular, but I'm not a fashion-setter either), would it require the letter from my MFH?
I still feel like the FNG when it comes to foxhunting, so I'd like to be prepared before I embarrass myself, trainer or *gulp* hunt. Myself, I can deal with (lifelong experience there!), the other two...notsomuch.
Thanks, as always!