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Nov 01, 2022

Colts Neck Trail Riders Club Gathers for Hunter Pace

Submitted by Roseann Weber

The Colts Neck Trail Riders Club (CNTRC) held its fourth hunter pace of the 2022 season at Bayonet Farms in Holmdel on Sept. 18. For more than 25 years, this group of local horseback riders has welcomed members and non-members of all ages and skill levels to their hunter pace events. Gathered under bright blue skies and with 80-degree weather, teams of two to three riders rode their horses through an 8.2-mile course, competing to meet the ideal “pace” time set for the event. A hunter pace is a low-key competitive event derived from the days of foxhunting, originally designed to help prepare the horses for the riding conditions encountered during a foxhunt. It is now a way for riders to gather with friends and enjoy a morning on the trails.

While most of the riders and their horses are local to Monmouth County, the recent event at Bayonet Farm included riders from outside the county as well as one rider who travelled from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to participate in the competition. Based on their skill level and interest, teams can compete at the Pleasure level or the more advanced Hunter level. The CNTRC had a total of 15 teams and 36 riders at the events. The group also included member and non-member volunteers who assisted with marking the course, registration, timing and other important parts of the day.

Hunter pace events are friendly competitions, which bring together people who share a love of horses. Safety equipment such as helmets are required. The CNTRC, a nonprofit organization, values and promotes good horsemanship. While the horse breeds, riding style and skill level of the teams may vary, to be successful competitors each team must work as a group.   

For more information about the club, visit CNTRC.org.