I'm thinking of trying a Hunter Trial at Amwell Valley Hounds coming in September...I've never done - what exactly are they? I see on the prize list different classes/divisions ...are they judged like a regular hunter show?are there set distances?is it over an outside course or in a ring?!?
Thanks in advance....what is the proper attire? And is there any special rules? How about bits, tack etc...is it the same guidelines as a hunter show?
I looked up the prize list for the event you mentioned, and the dress code is discussed at the bottom of the prize list. I don't recall all the details, otherwise I'd write them out, but I do know they are there. I'd go back to the prize list and plan to wear whatever is suggested.
If I recall correctly, I think they are doing this in an outside course, so the jumps will be in a field.
From what I'm told, the intent is to design the courses (in an open grass field) to be very inviting for both horse and rider. Contact the show secretary Jacquie Richie or Kristen DiCarro (Organizer) for more details
@Concetta: +1 on X-C schooling at BCHP. I've been over there a couple of times and it's a fabulous place to practice. Pull your trailer in, drop off a copy of your coggins and your day fee with form and drive up the hill to park. Pull horse out, tack up and off you go!
They have a wonderful array of jumps for all levels from intro/starter up through training level. As you walk past the dressage courts you'll find a couple of logs on a path which leads out towards a giant open field with more jumps. There are coops of varying sizes, along with a wide array of logs, from small ones lying on the ground to larger logs that are slightly raised. What's great is that you can work in a big open field over a number of jumps, then go for a nice canter or gallop down to another small clearing where you can do banks, ditches, drop jumps and other stuff. There are also a few places where they have a couple of stadium jumps set up which you can work over in a small course.
The terrain also varies a bit so you can either work in the large field that is fairly flat, or jump in a separate area where you have to go up and downhill a bit and go around trees or through clearings, etc.
The only caveat (I think) is that you have to come with a ground person if you are going to school X-C.
XC schooling in Northern Chester County. I think it is a little pricey and good for BN or N. Small and compact but a decent variety of jumps. Cannot school by yourself. http://www.roundthebendfarmxc.com/
Hunter Hill in Pottstown I think has schooling available.