IMPORTANT! This event will be held if there is enough interest. Sunday will be the least expensive day of the year to ride in beautiful Catalpa Corner Hose Park. If you plan to go, click “going” on this page. If enough people do, we will run it.
Hunter Pace (A day of fun in the country!)
(Sunday 9 a.m., Catalpa Corner Horse Park, Iowa City)
The North Hills Hunt is sponsoring a Hunter Pace at the spectacular Catalpa Corner Horse Park near Iowa City on Sunday August 25. A hunter pace is a fun competition where riders ride a marked course individually or in a group. There are jumps on the course, which are entirely optional. Attire is neat and casual, hard hat and hard-soled shoes are required. The riders ride in any or all gaits and try to match the secret pace set by experienced fox hunt riders who included walk, trot and canter when they went around the course to set the pace. The idea is to simulate the pace of a typical day out hunting – thus the term “Hunter Pace.” There are slow, medium and fast course times set.
A course will be marked with beginner novice and novice level fences, and all jumps are completely optional, just like on a hunt.
The event will have dedicated times for pace speeds. This will allow the slow pacers to enjoy the scenery without a race passing through, and the fast pacers an uninterrupted gallop.
- 9:00 – 10:00: Slow pace
- 10:00 – 11:00: Medium pace
- 11:00 – 12:00: Fast pace
Brunch follows Pace, approximate serving time: 12:15 p.m.
Entries: $60 non-members, $50 members. Due to the generosity of park owners Mrs. Susan Brigham and Dr. Jim McNutt, this is the least expensive day of the year to ride at Catalpa Corner. Registration includes up to three, timed, hunter pace rounds; lunch with other fun horse people; and ribbons and prizes.
Questions about weather or other concerns near the time of the event, please check our Facebook page.
Please direct questions not addressed on this page regarding Sunday’s events to Camie Stockhausen.
We encourage everyone to bring lawn chairs and hang out to have lunch and to learn if they won an award or prize. It is a fun day in the country!
Tentative schedule: The park welcomes trailers as early as 7:30 a.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Riders may mount their horses after their signed NHH and Catalpa Corner waivers have been presented to the secretary.