87th Hunter Trials
March 10, 2019
Junior Classes - 9:00 a.m.
Adult Classes - 10:30 a.m.
Lead Line Class - 11:00 a.m. (promptly)
Entry Deadline: March 1, 2019
*Entries received after will be considered Post Entries and will be double entry fees*
Proof of Negative Coggins Required (within past 12 months)
To be included with entry or presented to the secretary on day of trials. Horses without will not be allowed to compete.
- $15 / Junior Class (or Juniors riding as Adults)
- $20 / Adult Class
- Patron / $250
Includes Reserved Priority Parking and Buffet Dinner for two
- Sponsor / $175
Includes Reserved Parking OR Buffet Dinner for two
- Reserved Parking / $50
Limited number available
Online credit/debit payments preferred
Checks payable to MCH and mailed to:
315 Queens Cove Way
Whispering Pines, NC 28327-9441
ATTIRE: All classes to be ridden in formal hunting attire. Braiding of manes or tails is optional.
PROGRAMS: Programs listing all classes, presentations, and competitors will be provided on the day of the Trials.
Entries are Now Closed
Saturday, March 9, 2019
The Implement Shed at Lyell's Meadow
Everyone is Invited
$35 / person
$25 / junior
Late Reservations please call Diane Logan, (530) 713-7300
Horses and ponies to go two at a time at a safe hunting distance in all Junior and Adult classes except classes 1, 7, 9, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, and 20. Riders may only compete on 2 horses per class.
SCHOOLING: The Course will be open for SIX DAYS of schooling beginning Sunday, March 3 through Friday, March 8. The course will be CLOSED FOR REPAIRS on Saturday, March 9.
ELIGIBILITY: Guests of the Masters who ride with MCH as well as members and guests of other recognized hunts are invited to participate. Open to horses and ponies whose primary use is that of a field hunter (as opposed to showing, eventing, dressage) and have hunted regularly during the season with MCH or other recognized hunt. Eligibility questions to be referred to the Masters.
Juniors who have hunted regularly on a guest's horse may participate with that hunter.
CLASS 1: BEGINNER JUNIOR HUNTER
Pony or Horse. Over a course of low fences. Juniors who ride in this class may not enter any other classes.
CLASS 2: JUNIORS -18 YEARS OLD AND UNDER-Ponies
CLASS 3: JUNIORS -13 YEARS OLD AND UNDER
CLASS 4: JUNIORS -14 YEARS OLD THROUGH 18
CLASS 5: OPEN JUNIOR
CLASS 6: JUNIOR HILLTOPPER
Qualifications for Class 6 are identical to Class 12 with Junior to ride. May not compete in any other class.
CLASS 7: CHAMPION JUNIOR HUNTER
1st and 2nd Place winners in Junior classes 2, 3, 4 & 5 will be asked to follow a Field Master appointed by the committee. The Judges will pick the horse or pony most suitable to hounds. No entry fee.
CLASS 8: LEAD LINE (SCHEDULED 11 AM)
Open to riders six years old and under. To be shown-in-hand (led) at the walk by a competent handler of any age. No entry fee.
CLASS 9: ADULT -FIRST SEASON HUNTER
Open to horses who have not hunted prior to this season
CLASS 10: THOROUGHBRED HUNTER
Open to horses who are registered with the American Jockey Club.
CLASS 11: NON-THOROUGHBRED HUNTER
CLASS 12: STRICTLY FOR FOX HUNTERS (Amateur to Ride)
Open to ladies and gentlemen who belong to and hunt regularly with a recognized or registered hunt. This class is for riders who do not normally compete in horse shows or events.
CLASS 13: STRICTLY FOR HILLTOPPERS (Amateur to Ride)
The qualifications for this class are identical to Class 12 except that horses and riders should be qualified in the Hilltopper field. Horses will go in a group following a designated Field master. Small logs may be included in this class.
CLASS 13a: HILLTOPPERS (Carolinas' Performance Hunter Class) Amateur or Professional
Open to ladies and gentlemen who belong to and hunt regularly with a recognized or registered hunt and are qualified in the hilltopper field.
CLASS 14: PAIRS (May include one professional)
Pairs to ride and take each jump side-by-side. Juniors may make up their own teams or ride with an adult. Riding and jumping in pairs has greater risk than riding singly. Only teams that have schooled together should enter.
CLASS 15: LADY'S HUNTER (Amateur to Ride)
CLASS 16: GENTLEMAN'S HUNTER (Amateur to Ride)
CLASS 17: HANDY HUNTER (Amateur to Ride)
Over the hunter trial course with handy hunter tests. Tests may include trotting a fence, opening and dosing a gate, etc. Course and tests will be posted and may be practiced schooling days.
CLASS 18: HUNT TEAMS (May include one professional)
Teams of 3 to ride at a safe hunting distance taking the last jump side-by-side. Juniors may make up their own teams or ride with adults.
CLASS 19: OPEN HUNTER (Carolinas' Performance Hunter Class)
Horses to be eligible for this class must be entered in one of the other hunter classes.
CLASS 20: CHAMPION HUNTER
1st and 2nd place winners in each class other than Hunt Teams, Pairs and Hilltoppers will be asked to follow a field Master, appointed by the Committee, over a course of his own choosing. No entry fee.