New England Hunter Trials

The New England Hunter Trials have have been held every fall since 1932, with the various New England hunts taking turns hosting the competition. The Hunter Trials is designed as a competition for hunter type horses, but have become a wonderful test for horses of all disciplines, especially eventers. These include horses and riders that hunt regularly with a recognized hunt as well as horses and riders not affiliated with a hunt.

The purpose of the Hunter Trial is to determine the best cross-country hunter horse or group of hunter horses. The ideal hunter horse is capable of negotiating the natural obstacles on course while also giving the rider a safe and enjoyable ride.

The hunter trial course consists of natural obstacles typically found in hunting country. The divisions have been established to allow riders of various levels of experience (and bravery!) to participate, whether they are actually hunting or not. With the exception of Teams and Pairs, the course is ridden individually. It is not a timed event and is judged on the horse's performance only. Divisions include Novice 2'6", Seniors/Open 3'6", and Heard Cup/Open High 4'0".

New England Hunter Trials 2022

In 2022, Green Mountain Hounds and North Country Hounds will jointly host the New England Hunter Trials on Sunday, October, 23rd, at beautiful Huntington Farm in South Strafford, VT. The Hunter Trials will offer Qualified Divisions for active foxhunters as well as Open Divisions available to everyone.

The course will include 20 to 25 obstacles of natural design such as might be found at a hunt. Hunt-specific challenges such a quick stop (Hold Hard), a quick exit (Gone Away), and opening and closing a fence will be included. Each obstacle is judged from the perspective of easy and smooth execution.

New this year: The competition will include a Team Chase Division open to hunt members and non-members alike. In this division, teams of 2 or 3 riders ride the hunt course for optimal time similar to a hunter pace. Jumps are optional.

Take advantage of the great opportunity to ride this lovely venue with the friendliest people from all over New England. Click here for more information and entry form.

New England Hunter Trials 2021

The 2021 New England Hunts Hunter Trials was hosted by Norfolk Hunt at their Steeplechase Course in Medfield, MA, on Sunday, October 24. Riders enjoyed the wonderful weather, footing, and jumps! Our riders excelled at all course questions and brought home placings that make us very proud! Special congratulations to Tracie Sales and Ebony for keeping the Heard Cup firmly in Wentworth Hunt hands! We never doubted!!

Wentworth Hunt Placings

Heard Cup 4″
Tracie Sales and Ebony: 1st place
Sue Levy and Danny: 2nd Place

(Photo of TRACIE SALES and EBONY courtesy of Jim Mertz, Suddenly Still Photography)

High Point Award
Sue Levy

Senior Qualified 3’6″
Ginny Wiess: 2nd place
Maia Lindner-Liaw: 3rd place

(Photo of Ginny Wiess courtesy of Jim Mertz, Suddenly Still Photography)

Novice Qualified 2’9″
Ike Williams: 1st place juniors, 3rd overall
George Barker: 4th place
Merritt Carey: 6th place

Pairs 2’6″
Merrie Hurwich & Isabel Gilbert: 1st place
Tracie Sales & Erin Whitmore: 4th place
Merritt Carey & Asa Woodman: 5th place

Pairs 3’6″
Sue Levy & George Barker: 1st place (tied)
Lauren Dallaire & Maia Lindner-Liaw: 3rd place

(Photo of Lauren Dallaire & Maia Lindner-Liaw courtesy of Jim Mertz, Suddenly Still Photography)

New England Hunter Trials 2020

We are very sad to state that the 2020 New England Hunter Trials were canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

New England Hunter Trials 2019

Wentworth Hunt riders rode well and had a wonderful time at the 2019 New England Hunter Trials on Sunday, October 20th at Bradley Palmer State Park.

Many congratulations to Wentworth Master Sue Levy for bringing home the Heard Cup!

(Photo courtesy of Shawn Tinkham Photography)

We are so proud of all of our riders including Anna Jenoski and Tracie Sales on the chrome chestnuts winning the Pairs division with Sarah Jacobson and Lise Russell in sixth, Wentworth Hunt masters team of Daun DeFrance, Sue Levy, and Marilyn Mariano winning the Teams division, Tracie Sales with an impressive fifth in the Qualified 3'6" division, and Anna with a second place, Marilyn with third, and Liza Hart with sixth in a very competitive Qualified Novice division.

Special shout out to Sarah's delightful Albert who graciously agreed to stand in for Nasa. Your humble jump judge at fence 11 happened to overhear the event photographer exclaim about that trusty steed: "Wow! Now he's something special!"

Photo courtesy of Shawn Tinkham Photography

Here are the results:

Congratulations to all, and many thanks to our faithful volunteers without whom equestrian events could not happen. Thank you!