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All paces require approved protective headgear (safety helmets) and suitable riding footwear (boot with heel). There will be four divisions (hunt, pleasure or hacking, junior and western) and all paces will be held rain or shine. Western teams must have at least one western rider and junior teams must have at least one junior rider. All fences will have go-arounds and all paces will award ribbons for first through 10th place. Riders can accumulate points towards series awards.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 – The Greenwich Riding & Trails Association will hold its Hunter Pace on Sunday, October 15, at Hughes/Wonham Field in Greenwich. Start time is 8 am and cut-off time is 12 noon. Senior riders will be $60 and junior riders $40 (lunch included). Pre-registration and payment are required. Call Claire Reed at 1-203-637-8684 for further information.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 – The Newtown Bridle Lands Association will hold its annual Pumpkin Pace on Sunday, October 29, from 8 am to 12 noon, on Mount Nebo Road. Hard hats are required (no exceptions) and horse must be in good physical condition (NBLA officials have the authority to disqualify any animal that is in distress). Times will be issued on first-come, first-served basis. For further information, call Beverly MacMillan at 1-203-270-0202 or email zipsnitmom@aol.com with questions. Cost is $50 for NBLA members are $55 for non-members.



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 – The Fairfield County Hounds Hunter Pace will be held on Sunday, October 15, at 10 am, on Curtis Road in Bridgewater. A newly-designed course (all fences have go-arounds) will be featured. Cost is $35 for adjacent hunts member and $70 for non-member ($20 for juniors). Call Gigi Haber at 1-203-255-2522 for further information.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 – The Rombout Hunt, Inc., Hunter Pace will be held Sunday, October 22, at 10 am, at Gone Away Farm on Browning Road in Hyde Park, New York. All fences (a combination of fences, chicken coops, barways and stone walls) have go-arounds. There will be a separate division for juniors. Hunting attire with hard hats is required. Luncheon is included. Cost is $35 for adjacent hunts members, $70 for non-members, and $20 for juniors. Call Joan Cohen at 1-845-297-6182 for further information.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 – The Windy Hollow Hunter Pace will be held Sunday, October 29, from 10 am to 1 pm, at Hunts End Farm on Wolfpit Road in Sussex, New Jersey. Cost is $35 for adjacent hunts members, $5 for all others, and $25 for juniors. There will be prizes awarded in junior and adult divisions. Appropriate attire and protective gear required. Call Dorrie Doberts (1-212-620-0427), Vanessa Elliott (1-201-652-7462) or Lindie Scorsone (1-845-351-2515) for starting time information.



OCTOBER 8: The Fairfield Bridle Trails Association will hold Hunter Trials on Sunday, October 8, at Bill and Olivia Week’s farm at 889 Hulls Highway in Southport. At the trials, horse and riders compete over cross country jumps – on rolling terrain and on flat terrain. Junior classes begin at 8 am and adult classes at 1 pm. A buffet lunch will be served from 11 am to 2 pm. Raindate is Monday, October 9. Call Sue Eckert at 1-203-255-0148 for further information.



OCTOBER 7: Stepping Stone Farm in Ridgefield will hold its next horse show on Saturday, October 7. The show is recognized by the American Horse Show Association (AHSA), the Connecticut Hunter Jumper Association (CHJA) and the New England Horsemen’s Council (NEHC). There will be leadline, walk-trot, short stirrup equitation, stirrup hunter, schooling hunter, hunter seat equitation, CHJA pony medal class, low/high hunter, CHJA adult medal class, and National PHA medal class divisions. The leadline and walk-trot divisions are open to juniors. Call 1-203-438-7749 for further information.

OCTOBER 15: A series of Hunter/Jumper Schooling Shows will be held at New Hope Farms in Port Jervis, New York. The dates are October 15, November 12, December 10, January 14, March 11, and April 8. Call the Farm at 1-845-856-6792 for further information.



OCTOBER 7: The annual PAWSPet Fest will be held Saturday, October 7, from 10 am to 3 pm, at the Norwalk Green in Norwalk. There will be cats, dogs, kittens and puppies available for adoption from PAWS, as well as other rescue groups like Animal Lifesavers, Boxer Rescue, DogDance Rescue and New Leash on Life. There will be live music, a bake sale, a raffle, face painting for the kids, merchandise and free samples. Visit the PAWS website at www.pawset.org for further information.

OCTOBER_15: The Danbury Animal Welfare Society will be holding a Walk-a-Thon on Sunday, October 15, at 1 pm, beginning at the King Street School in Danbury. Registration will be from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.The walk will be five miles through neighborhoods and quiet streets and walkers are asked to secure pledges and donations to help the Danbury Animal Welfare. A free DAWS t-shirt will go to all walkers with $50 or more in pledges.Refreshments will be available throughout the walk and wall walkers are eligible for door prizes. If your dog is physically fit and enjoys walking, feel free to bring him or her along. Call 746-7204 for further information.

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