People Go Steeple Chasing In The Centre Of Dublin
Hunt Chase 10 & 11 August 2002
7-11 August 2002
teams from registered hunt clubs around Ireland will compete in
the Hunt Chase on the afternoons of Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August
during the 2002 Kerrygold Horse Show.
Hunt Chase is the fastest, most exciting and crowd pleasing event
on the Main Arena at the Show. Divots fly, hooves thunder, and adrenaline
pumps in this high-speed relay knock-out event.
the riders are amateur riders and no current competition riders
are able to take part. Each team consists of four members of the
registered hunt club. Rules require one rider to be a female and
another to be a male of fourteen stone or heavier.
identical courses are built on the Main Arena, one course mirroring
the other. Fences are built solid like obstacles the rider and horse
would encounter in the country i.e. logs, brush fences, gorse hedges
and bank and water. At the signal, two teams jump head-to-head,
each rider passing a riding crop to the next rider in the team before
they can start the course. The winning team is the last rider who
crosses the finish line first. The winners progress to the next
round. No jumping penalties are incurred, however the rider must
successfully negotiate each obstacle.
the chase begins the teams will parade around the Main Arena, led
by the hounds of the North Down Harriers. The first round and quarter-final
of the Hunt Chase takes place from 4:20pm on Saturday 10 August
and the semi-final and final will take place at 5:05pm Sunday 11
Hunt Chase Teams and first round line-up:
Union Staghounds (Meath) versus Tynan and Armagh Harriers (Down)
North Down Harriers versus Kilworth and Araglen Harriers (Cork)
Killinick Harriers (Wexford) versus Wicklow Hunt
South County Dublin Harriers versus North Tipperary Foxhounds
Westmeath Foxhounds versus Scarteens 'Black & Tan' Foxhounds
Route Hunt (Derry) versus Galtee Harriers
Wexford Foxhounds versus East Clare Harriers
Carlow Farmers Foxhounds versus East Galway Foxhounds
compete in the Hunt Chase clubs must register their interest early
in the year. Fourteen of the teams are 'drawn out of a hat' on a
regional basis while the previous years champions (Ward Union Staghounds)
are invited back. A British Club is also invited to compete but
replaced by an Irish Hunt if they decline.
is an additional prize for the best turned-out team and the highest
placed woman riding side saddle.
RDS website www.rds.ie/kerrygold.