Hunter Paces

2017 Hunter Paces

Mark the dates!  Entry forms available below.

Spring Hunter Pace

Branch Hill Farm, Milton Mills, NH
Monday, May 29th

Spring Hunter Pace 2017 RESULTS
Spring Hunter Pace 2017 PHOTOS

We’ve come to expect a dreary Memorial Day but that did not deter 53 riders and their mounts (plus one intrepid foot soldier!) from enjoying our first hunter pace of 2017 at Branch Hill Farm in Milton Mills NH.  As expected the footing was excellent and spirits were high.  Many enjoyed the numerous jumps encountered along the route.

Thank you to all participants for attending.  Proceeds of our paces help offset the expenses of maintaining Wentworth’s fine pack of champion hounds, help to maintain our territories and enable us to contribute to various land conservation efforts.  Huge thanks go to the members who made this happen: Dave who not only tagged (no one got lost!) and untagged the course but set up and broke down the “secretary’s booth” and manned stirrup cup; Brenda, Laura, and Linda who checked teams in, kept the leader boards straight, and assisted riders as needed.  And of course, we are tremendously grateful to Branch Hill Farm for allowing us to use their beautiful property.

 

Conservation Hunter Pace

Fine Nest Farm, Raymond, NH
Sunday, August 13th

Conservation Hunter Pace 2017 Info and Entry Form

Fall Foliage Hunter Pace and Poker Run

Tuckaway Farm and Powder Major Farm, Lee, NH
Sunday, October 8th

Fall Foliage Hunter Pace and Poker Run 2017 Info and Entry Form

 

2016 Hunter Paces

Fall Foliage Hunter Pace and Poker Run

Tuckaway Farm and Powder Major Farm, Lee, NH
Sunday, October 9th

2016_Oct9 photoThe last Wentworth hunter pace of 2016 was held at Tuckaway Farm and Powder Major Farm. Despite the rain, we had an excellent turnout and many happy riders exploring the two farms. Some 54 riders decided that this was perfect Irish hunting weather for a six-plus mile ride through woods and fields. Tuckaway Farm in Lee is an active organic farm and the home of our foxhounds. Powder Major Farm in Madbury, Lee and Durham is in the process of seeking establishment of a conservation easement for all types of recreational activities, including horseback riding, and has been inviting the hunt to ride through for many years. We owe the owners of both these farms a huge round of applause for supporting the hunt. Adding to the adventure, this pace was also a Poker Run giving each team several opportunities to improve their hands to vie for prizes.

Fall Foliage Hunter Pace RESULTS

Conservation Hunter Pace – August 14th

SAM_1275Wentworth Hunt held our annual Conservation Hunter Pace at Fine Nest Farm (Raymond NH) on Sunday August 14, 2016. We earmark proceeds from this event to help support Bear-Paw Regional Greenways, Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire, and Moose Mountains Regional Greenways, organizations on whose lands we hunt. The Fine Nest Farm territory incorporates lots of winding trails in the woods as well as dirt roads and agricultural fields. Among the obstacles encountered – baby pigs. Most of the jumps were natural logs.

Sunday was hot and muggy, but the horses and riders found that the woods were cooler and virtually bug-free! Stirrup cup was situated between the fields and gave the riders a chance for a breather before continuing on. Although they came back hot and sweaty, everyone said they had a great time and enjoyed the beautiful territory. Most sat in the shade enjoying a sumptuous lunch after tending to their horses.

Field division winners were Hunt member Linda Fernald and her friend Andi Puls. Hilltop winners were the mother-daughter team of Karen and Morgan Amiot. Congratulations to everyone and thanks for participating!

2016 Conservation Hunter Pace RESULTS
2016 Conservation Hunter Pace PHOTOS

Spring Hunter Pace – Memorial Day 2016

Branch Hill Farm, Milton Mills, NH
Monday, May 30th
Cancelled due to rain :(

In order to protect our landowner’s property, we decided to cancel this hunter pace. While some hardy souls may have been willing to ride in the rain, wet ground is easily damaged by hooves, trucks and trailers, especially during the spring growing season. We hope that you will join us for our later paces in August and October, and will come out to Branch Hill Farm again next spring.

2015 Hunter Paces

Fall Foliage Hunter Pace – October 11th

The third of our three pace series took place at Tuckaway Farm and Powder Major Farm. Tuckaway Farm in Lee is an active organic farm and the home of our foxhounds. Powder Major FIMG_2156arm in Madbury is in the process of seeking establishment of a conservation easement for all types of recreational activities, including horseback riding, and has been inviting the hunt to ride through for many years.

2015 Fall Foliage Pace RESULTS
2015 Fall Foliage Pace PHOTOS

Conservation Hunter Pace – August 16th

The second of our three Pace Series held at Fine Nest Farm in Raymond.
2015 Conservation Pace RESULTS
2015 Conservation Pace
PHOTOS by Suddenly Still PhotographyHuntPace 20140817 Photo

Wentworth Hunt donated the pace proceeds to four conservation organizations (Bear-Paw Regional Greenways, Moose Mountains Regional Greenway, Southeast Land Trust and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests’ Powder Major Farm conservation project). Thanks to all for participating! Wentworth Hunt’s 4th Annual Hunt Clinic was also held in conjunction with this event.

Spring Hunter Pace – May 25th

The first of our three Pace Series at Branch Hill Farm in Milton Mills.
2015 Spring Pace RESULTS

Pace day arrived with gleaming sunshine and warm temperatures. The fields around Milton Mills were brilliant green. The trailers kept pulling into the parking area. Life was looking pretty darn good. We got all of the 45 riders off without a hitch and every single one of them came back with a big grin! There were, of course, some interesting stories along the way – the group who decided to switch horses (and tack) along the way; the teenagers who kept showing up at the start because they missed a turn but whose chaperone (Mom of the Year!) told them to keep going back out as long as their horses were fresh enough so they could enjoy the parts they had missed. And everyone was happy!

Many, many thanks to the owners and caretakers of Branch Hill Farm for their generosity in letting us host our first hunter pace of the season on this beautiful facility.

The Field division was extremely competitive with the top four teams coming in within one to four minutes of the optimal time. Likewise, the Hilltop division was a close race with two sets of ties. The smaller non-competitive division included a couple of husband and wife teams and some folks giving it a go for the first time. Yup – everyone was smiling!

2014 Hunter Paces

Fall Foliage Hunter Pace – October 12th

Branch Hill Farm in Milton Mills, NH
Fall Foliage Hunter Pace Flyer

The Wyatt family has made this site a real show stopper. The late Carl Siemon and family welcomed the hunt to their nationally acclaimed tree farm, Branch Hill Farm, and daughter Cynthia Wyatt is now continuing the family tradition of supporting the sport of foxhunting. The hunt hosts its hunter paces in this territory which is blessed with spectacular fields and wide sandy tote roads flanked by streams. There are numerous coops, logs and a variety of jumps.

All are welcome – there are divisions for Hilltoppers (no jumping required) as well as for Hunt Field pace.  Or you can just ride the course as a non-competitive trail ride.  Lunch and camaraderie provided.  If you don’t have a team but would like to join us, contact Ann, our Pace Chair, and she’ll put you with a team.

Conservation Hunter Pace – August 17th

Fine Nest Pace Photo

Fine Nest Farm in Raymond, NH
2014 Conservation Pace RESULTS

Join us for our Conservation Hunter Pace.  Part of the proceeds goes to Moose Mountain Regional Greenways, Southeast Land Trust of NH, and Bear Paw Regional Greenways.  The pace will be held at Fine Nest Farm in Raymond, NH.  Teams of 2 or 3 go out beginning at 9 am, last teams go out around 11:30.  All are welcome – there are divisions for Hilltoppers (no jumping required) as well as for Hunt Field pace.  Or you can just ride the course as a non-competitive trail ride.  Lunch and camaraderie provided.  Sign-up form and lots more info here If you don’t have a team but would like to join us, contact Ann, our Pace Chair, and she’ll put you with a team.