NCH Membership
NCH Secretary

Lianne Thomashow, who can be reached at 
(802) 765-4274 or by using the Contact NCH page.

 

NORTH COUNTRY HOUNDS HUNT LINE NUMBER:

802-436-2477

Please note the hunt line will be updated two hours before scheduled meet time in the event of any change.

NCH Secretary
Lianne Thomashow, who can be reached at (802) 765-4274 or by using the Contact NCH page.

 

NEW HUNT LINE NUMBER:

802-698-3932

WE HAVE A NEW MEMBERSHIP CATEGORY
If you are aged over 18 and under 30 you can join as a Single (Young Adult) at less than half the cost of a Single (Senior) membership! Look into it and we look forward to seeing you.

Click Here for Entry Form

North Country Hounds 11th Annual Hunter Pace 
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Silver Maple Farm - Gilley Road, Tunbridge, Vermont

Join us for a fun-filled day of riding over some of the beautiful trails of the North Country Hounds.  Teams of two or three riders will leave at three-minute intervals and cover a course of approximately 8-9 miles with hunt jumps.  The course will be well marked.  All the jumps will have Go-Arounds!

There will be two divisions:  Hunting and Hacking.  Riders must be part of a 2 or 3 member team.  The NCH Masters of Fox Hounds will ride the course to establish the correct, hunt time.  Winners of the Hunting Pace will be the team whose time most closely matches the time set by the Masters.  The Hacking Pace will be based on the hunting time, but slower.  Ribbons will be awarded to each of the top eight teams.  

Please arrive between 8:30 am and 10:30 am on Saturday to pick up your information packets, sign releases if not submitted in advance, and to receive your departure time.  
No horses may be unloaded without a current Coggins Test.  
Please note that the deadline for signing up is 10:30 am with the last team leaving around 11:00am.  NO LATE ARRIVALS, PLEASE.
 
ASTM/SEI-approved hard hat is required when mounted. 

 


 

$50 per person; juniors $35 for entries received by September 2nd

$60 per person; juniors $45 for entries received after September 2nd

Make checks payable to NCH and send entry to:

North Country Hounds
c/o Pat Dreisbach
119 Morgan Road
South Royalton, Vt. 05068

For additional information please phone Pat Dreisbach at 802-763-2456.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  PACE WILL BE HELD RAIN OR SHINE. 
FIRST HORSE OFF AT 9AM AND LAST HORSE AT 11AM.

 

What is a Hunter Pace?


The Hunter Pace is a competitive optional jumping trail ride over a designated 8-11 mile course. Each team consists of 2-3 riders who follow a 10 mile trail to attain a predetermined ideal time. Riders are encouraged to ride the trails with common sense, walking the tougher terrain, trotting and cantering where it appears reasonable. Riders may opt to compete in the Hunting Division or the Hacking Division, which is a slower pace. Awards and trophies at the conclusion of the ride and lunch.

The optimal hunting time has traditionally been set by the Huntsman or Master of the local foxhound club, who traverse the course "as if they were riding to hounds."  Since a foxhound pack is never hunted at a full gallop, but must be cast into a variety of covers, participants in the pace are encouraged to ride the trails with common sense, walking the tougher terrain, cantering where it appears to be reasonable, and galloping the open stretches of field.  Many Hunter Paces include both a Hunting Division, in which the bolder riders compete, and a Hacking Division, which appeals to trail riders who want to enjoy the trails at a slower pace.

Usually a luncheon is provided, and the winners are pinned after the last team finishes.  Some Hunter Paces award a ribbon to the youngest and oldest rider who complete the pace, the stable whose riders have come closest to the time, some even have costumed riders competing.  Most hunter paces today welcome both Western and English riders.

Hunter Paces are held in Spring and Fall when the ground offers reasonably good footing, and when the weather cooperates.  Most, but not all announce rain dates.

Paces today offer pre-registration since many of them fill up quickly because of their wide appeal.  Hunter Paces have become a major fund raising and social event for riders who love the beauty of traversing the countryside on horseback. You are guaranteed a day of lively fun and you may even bring home a ribbon!