2023 Fall Horse Hunt Events

Horse Hunt Events

Photo from Old North Bridge Hounds website.

Old North Bridge Hounds host annual riding events in Wright Woods and at October Farm Riverfront in the fall and spring each year. The group is one of seven hunt clubs in New England. They engage in drag hunting, which involves laying a scent trail where riders and hounds “hunt” an artificial scent for sport. They also host Hunter Pace events, which are low-key, competitive, cross-country rides that are meant to simulate a fox hunt. Horse and rider teams are sent off at intervals to follow a pre-set course. The goal is to not ride too fast or too slow, but to achieve an optimal time or “pace” in order to win.



Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at October Farm Riverfront (drag hunt)

Saturday, Spetember 23 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in Wright Woods (drag hunt)

All trails remain open during riding events. Please plan ahead and remember: horses always have the right of way, followed by hikers, then by bikers!

In other words, hikers yield to horses, and bicyclists yield to hikers and horses on trails. If you must step off a trail to make room for a horse rider to pass, step off to the downhill side. Whenever possible, watch where you step to avoid disturbing plants or wildlife. If you approach a horse rider from behind, calmly make your presence known by offering a friendly, “Hello!” Let the rider know your intentions and only pass once they tell you it is safe to do so.

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