Smithtown Hunt represented by John Wittenborn and Soccer at the Field Hunter Championships in Virginia

Smithtown Hunt’s own, John Wittenborn riding Soccer, was awarded third in the premiere multi-national field hunter championship competition, the Theodora A.Randolph Field Hunter Championship.

Founded in 1989, this event brings together fox hunting enthusiasts from all across the U.S. and Canada to participate in the week long trial.  Riders are welcome, but not required to hunt every day.   Mounted judges ride alongside the numbered contestants as they hunt with four area fox hunts.  At the end of each hunting day, the judges announce the horse and rider combinations selected to compete in the finals held Saturday at Glenwood Park.  The competition will take place prior to the start of the first race.

 Trophies awarded for Reserve Champion, Best Turned Out, Most Suitable Pair and Sportsmanship.  Ribbons will be presented to 8th place. The event is judged according to the manners, style and suitability of fox hunting mounts.  Judges have been selected from various fox hunts.

The Field Hunter Championship competition offers four days of first field hunting privileges to the same horse and rider combination for an entry fee of $300.  Awards will be given throughout the week, including an award for the Hunt that has the most competitors.   Also included are General Admission tickets to the Virginia Fall Races and a listing in the race program.  Events include private receptions and an event at the National Sporting Library and Museum.

The Saturday morning finals of the Field Hunter Championship give racing spectators a unique opportunity to watch high level field hunter and rider combinations dressed in hunting attire to perform a test designated by the judges.  Competitors participate in a mock hunt and finalists are then asked individually to negotiate a handy hunter course in the center of the race course for the Championship title.   They may be asked to dismount and remount from a log, unlatch a gate and close it on horseback, or trot over a fallen tree.  After each horse’s hunting skills are demonstrated and the individual tasks completed, the Championship is decided.

Congratulations to John & Soccer!!!

Author: Cathleen A. Springer, DCSH



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