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Hunter Trial & Dog Show
What is Hunter Trial and Why do we do it?
The Paradise Farm Hunter Trials, although just for fun, is committed to preserving traditional fox hunting customs by encouraging participants to dress in formal hunting attire. However, we welcome all those who wish to participate
on a more informal basis, since our main objective is for everyone to have fun, get around safely and enjoy a great day with their horses and friends at Paradise!
The Hunter Trial offers something for everyone. The day’s sport is out in a beautiful field with Aiken’s perfect footing. There are open rolling hills with professionally built solid fences that enable horses and riders of all levels to experience the thrill of a good gallop on undulating terrain.
The Handy classes are generally used as a warm up for the open and teams classes which are longer and ask more questions.
For those that choose not to gallop up and down hills, we have added a flat ring, simulating more of a horse show style test. We start with lead line classes (where everyone is a winner) and culminate the day with an exciting Hunter Derby, including standard Hunter jumps and several solid fences, that require
the horses to jump in and out of the ring. This is always a pleasure to watch.
Classes and divisions are split for junior and senior riders. Points are tabulated throughout the day to determine the champions of the day. There is also a prize for Best Turned Out.
Upon request, we are adding a tail-gate competition, offering participants exclusive ring-side parking and exciting prizes. Please bring your bling, outrageous hats, and best picnic attire.