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.