I seriously want to do this year's Myopia spring hunter pace.
However, I've never done one, and neither has my horse.
He is a seasoned show horse that's pretty unflappable on the trails, alone or with company. Have no doubt he'll be OK, but since we're both new to it I'd like to keep a slower pace with jumps optional.
Perhaps Myopia is the wrong venue for this
Anyone going?? Anyone who could be enticed to go?? I have my own transportation so am not asking to bum a ride
And yes, this is my alter since I'm going to be meeting peeps in real life
Oh, and what is the dress code for the spring hunter pace??!!
I'm really, really hoping to go, but my ride and riding partner has to work that week-end (usually the Spring pace is earlier! Darn it!) and is not sure she'll be able to switch...so if I don't have a ride I won't go.
Dress code...just your regular riding attire. I typically wear breeches, paddock boots with chaps, a polo shirt, and a helmet.
You do not have to jump anything you're not comfortable with. Just enter the hilltop division. It's a great pace with very nice jumps and beautiful country.
I can't make it this year, but have been to several of the Myopia paces. They're awesome, but not necessarily a good place to start. There will be tons of riders, and the folks in the field division will be riding FAST! You should plan on being passed at a full gallop by a team of 2-3 horses.
If your guy is pretty calm, and you don't care about placing, do what Sophie said and enter hilltop. All fences will be optional, but the ideal pace is still quick. You'll ride through their schooling field, which is amazing!
FYI - I took my then three year old Arab to this as his first hunter pace. We went with a friend on an experienced horse to babysit, and kept a slow pace (no jumping that time).
It was fine, and we had a great time. Just be aware that horses can get pretty up at this event, because there's a lot going on. If that will make you or your horse nervous, do another pace this Spring, and wait for the Myopia Fall pace.
I've always done light breeches, and a collared shirt. You'll see people in full hunting attire at this pace, but it's certainly not required.
I'm not going to go to the Spring Pace, my horse is coming back from an injury and won't be fit enough, bummer. I definitely want to go to the Fall Pace though. The Spring Pace is usually shorter, like 6 miles vs 10 miles in the fall, and as others have said, it is very popular and lots of horses going fast.
Last year I took my young horse (w/ 3 months of retraining from the track) to the Fall pace and we had a blast! He's pretty chill, so he wasn't too set off by the exciting warm up or the costumes. But, he did pick up some ticks and got Anaplasmosis. When we go back in November, I'm going to try what my vet recommended, which is spray his legs with spray Frontline (for dogs).
I wore boots, breeches and a black polar fleece. Of course, the photo of us from the pace was actually very nice, and made me wish I wore my hunt coat!
I'm planning on going, as long as the weather is nice. I really hate riding in the rain. :P
Been attending the Wentworth and Myopia paces for the past few years now and they're awesome!
I think Myopia is a fine first pace. If you have a seasoned show horse, he's used to crazy warm up arenas, which is the most demanding part of the pace, I think.
Once you're on course, you occasionally will be passed, but (in my experience) with courtesy. Teams usually slow to a walk or trot and alway have asked if it was ok if they passed and visa versa. (I've never been passed at a gallop, or passed anyone at a gallop! That would be horribly inconsiderate)
The awards dinner is not to be missed, so if you can manage to stay, you should.
We've gone in hunt attire, in costume and just in our regular duds...you'll see it all. As long as you're well dressed to ride and are safe, wear what you feel like!
Hey, does anyone know who the other photographer was at the Myopia Pace last Sunday? I know Spectrum was there, but we ran past another guy in the woods shooting, so I was wondering who that might have been.....