On my old eventer, I used to hack 7 miles to a jumper show down a two lane road, compete, rest him for an hour or two, then hack back (toting our ...ahem...loot). He was ready to go prelim/intermediate, so a walk/trot hack of that length didn't bother him much.
I have hacked to a dressage show (about 30 mins) and crossed a creek in the process, but it was only fetlock deep, maybe knee deep on occasion. LOL!
I did once hack my Children's Hunter about 4 miles down the road to a rated show...on a very busy road...with my trainer meeting me there in her car. Then we hacked home afterward. The mare was game and really seemed to enjoy it (plus she did very well at the show).
But this rider looks like she had more fun and I only wish this were possible in more areas!
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Mr P did me the "favor" of cleaning out my mobile tack trunk aka car just before a lesson with Maj Beale. I drove out to my parents house intending to tack up my old eventing pony and hack down to Southdown.
Only to discover my girth was missing.
My mother drove to my house for the girth while I rode the 2 miles down Walker Rd to Southdown bareback.
Maj Beale was impressed
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As children, we routinely hacked to our hunter shows, about 45 minutes riding time away - faster if we were hacking home and it was poring rain. Friends would sit on the tail gate of their station wagon and lead the horses to the same show grounds. We rode to the start of hunts and to local events when they were near by.
If they'd had a river I'd have qualified. As it was I hacked through subdivisions and a small shopping center, a couple of miles down to the local Horseman's club arena, and once I did go to compete at a dressage show.