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Longreen Hunter Pace – April 28


Longreen Foxhounds held their annual Hunter Pace on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Jake and Harriet McFadden’s Birdlands Plantation near Como, MS.

Hunter Paces are fun and relaxing timed trail rides, typically held at the end of formal fox hunt seasons. They originated to simulate the pace that horses and riders would travel on a real foxhunt – sometimes walking as hounds are working to find scent; picking up the pace to a strong trot as hounds pick up scent and start running a line; then sometimes to a full gallop as hounds run hot on the line to “gone away!”

Riding a marked trail, with the optimum time pre-determined, to an imaginary fox hunt, competitors ride in small teams of 2 or 3 riders. There may be additional categories of competition such as: best costume, best time, best turn out, originality, etc.

Hunter paces are open to the public, and allow riders to enjoy the day, explore new territories, try out mounts, expose green horses to the territory, all the while raising funds for the care and up keep of foxhounds. If you've never been to one, consider trying it out.
(Photosby Mane Image Photography)
Ani Blair Carruthers and Claire Bailey compete with “Groovy Flower Power” at the Longreen Foxhounds 2013 Hunter Pace.
Trainers Billy Anderson and Trey Lawson riding two year old colts from Oak View Stables.
 John Bellison of Herefordshire, England, catches a ride with carriage driver Rose Marie Lawson and veterinarian Dr. Ashley Phelps
Kelly Gray, Susan Gustufson, and Dawn Hinton as “Thing 1, 2, and 3” ride with “Cat in the Hat,” Pam Gamble.
 Kim Michelson, Harriet McFadden, and Kim Williams play Cowgirl and Indians at the Longreen Foxhound Hunter Pace.

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