What is a Hunter Derby?
A hunter derby is a new type of horse show division that has become very popular in the past couple of years. It takes place in a large ring or in a grass fields with natural jumps more like you would find in a hunt field. Like the regular hunter classes, the classes reward style, form over fences and quality of horse’s movement, but they also reward braveness or “brilliance” and a faster, more open stride. They hold these classes at many shows, including big shows in Florida and all along the east coast. They are super fun to watch as well as ride in.
The horse show is going to be taking place in our O.C, not in the rings as they have in past years. The O.C (meaning Outside Course) is located in an open field. Instead turning left to go down Putnam Road towards the lodge, stay straight on Webster Highway and the field is on the left. You can always park at the lodge and walk down to the O.C.
This is our first time doing a Hunter Derby. We are very excited for it! The course is intended for first timers and beginners. The course is located off the O.C, it is one of the last classes of the day and our estimated start time is around 2:30 pm. Joe Lombard is the judge for the derby. There are about 8 natural jumps with an optional water fence consisting of a liver pool. Some of the jumps consist of a coop, roll top, gate, hay bales, birch rail, and a brush box. The jumps range in height from 2, 2.3, and 2.6.
We are very excited for this event and hope you are too! We will be e-mailing out an estimated start time of your camper on Friday morning. Be on the look for the e-mail!