What are Hunter Trials?
A Hunter Trial is a competition to test the ability of the horse and rider
to negotiate a course of typical natural fences at a fair hunting pace. It
provides members with an opportunity to gain experience and find
enjoyment in riding across nearly natural fences.
Organisers of Hunter Trials take reasonable precautions to ensure the
health and safety of everyone present. For these measures to be
effective, everyone must take all reasonable precautions to avoid and
prevent accidents occurring and must obey the instructions of the
Organiser and all the officials and stewards.
Irish Pony Club rules for Hunter Trials:
Every eventuality cannot be provided for in these rules. In any
unforeseen or exceptional circumstances it is the duty of the relevant
officials to make a decision in a sporting spirit and to approach as nearly
as possible the intention of these rules. In these rules the term ‘horse’
refers also to ponies.
At senior and junior levels of competition, in the teams of three, pairs or
individuals, should there be equality of penalties then the fastest time
will be the winner. A competitor, who rides dangerously or excessively
fast over fences or on turns, will be disqualified.
At novice and intro levels it is strongly recommended, that if it is
necessary to time competitors in order to achieve a result, optimum time
should be used and not the fastest time.
At area and branch competitions these rules apply. The specification for
the horse and rider could be altered in certain circumstances to
accommodate local requirements. These conditions should be clearly
defined when notice of a competition is given.
The Hunter Trial Championships will be run under these rules which apply
to competitions for Teams of Three, Pairs and Individuals.