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Foxhunting is a sport that was synonymous with eventing as a cross training opportunity. While these days we have a tendency to want to bubble wrap our event horses head to toe, there are many eventers who still take advantage of the education afforded in the hunt field.
Recently I started taking my young event horse out with hounds and he seems to love it. I can already see where the experience will benefit him on cross country as he learns to bravely but smartly navigate different terrains and ground conditions while remaining focused and balanced.
Looking to find a horse you can event and hunt? Here are six horses with experience in both sports.
Seasoned Eventer and Foxhunter OTTB 15.3 hand 8 year old gelding offered for sale, Tea Party O’Nine, fondly referred to as Patriot.
Patriot has evented successfully through training level and hunted a full season with the Arapahoe Hunt in Colorado. In the hunt field, he can go from first flight to hill topping with ease. Patriot is reliable and straightforward to the jumps, hacks out alone or in a group. He will do ditches, water, etc, and does not look at colorful show jumping fences.
He is the same horse away at events as he is at home. This gelding has an “in your pocket” personality and is a kind and willing worker. He is sound and sane with no vices and loads, clips, ties like a gentleman, he is a farrier and veterinarian favorite. Ideal home would be adult amateur or junior rider looking for a low level eventer, fox hunter, or all-around pleasure horse. Located in Pennsylvania.
“Happy Harry” is a 14 hand pinto pony. He has successfully competed at several unrecognized Beginner Novice events, bringing home a 4th at the July Bucks County horse trials. Easy and careful, Harry is point and shoot to the fences. He is also a fun foxhunter, and would make a fantastic all around pony club pony.
He does enjoy being in a program, the fitter he gets the more fun he becomes. Not suitable for a very small child or baby beginner. Will continue to be shown until sold, moving up to Novice at the next Fair Hill! Located in Maryland.
Manuel is a super nice 16. 2hh 10 year old OTTB. He is very kind and willing, but has not yet had a lot of show or hunting experience. This horse has scope galore, but is not for a beginner as he often over-jumps. Manuel is super quiet when in a consistent program. He has the potential to make a superb foxhunter.
This is a lovely horse, priced to sell at no fault of his own. His owner was working too much to see him often and is now relocating to a different state. Price is negotiable for a quick sale and perfect home. Perfect, loving home for this wonderful horse is a MUST! Located in Virginia.
Aurelia is a 15.3 hand 8 year old homebred and unraced registered Thoroughbred dark bay mare. We bred and raised her, and she is from the family of the great event sire, Sadler’s Wells.
Aurelia has a season of foxhunting under her belt, being used by one of our students as a whipper-in. She was also hunted in the first field by our student’s timid adult amateur mother. They both claim that there is not a horse better made for the hunt field. She is great with the hounds, stands quietly, never acts up, and of course, is a great jumper!
She has never been given any sort of sedation for any riding/hunting, ever. She schools solid training level dressage and has schooled up to 3’6″ in gymnastics. She has evented at the beginner novice level and is very quiet and sensible in all situations, both on the farm, off the farm, under saddle, on the ground, in the hunt field or the show ring.
Snaffle ride in all circumstances, never pulls. She is beautiful and has great legs and feet. She has a comfortable, very balanced canter to sit. She is sound and healthy. Located in Virginia.
Inntrigue is a lovely 9 year Oldenburg sport horse who has found her niche in the eventing world! She is out of Art Deco and Scenic Skyline. I purchased her 8 months ago for my future prelim horse, but due to grad school/moving/job changes I am forced to sell her already.
This mare LOVES jumping! She never stops, and she’s a cross country machine. She loves water, ditches, banks and she always cleans up in stadium. She won her first Open Novice with a 28.3! She is very adjustable and has her auto changes. I have taken her fox hunting, on numerous trail rides, and she is the exact same in any environment. She ties, stands for farrier, loads, clips- you name it!
This mare has a lot of potential and with the right rider she will go very far! She’s not mareish, and is currently turned out with two geldings. Inntrigue truly is a super special mare, but she is not for a beginner. She can get forward in stadium and she requires very quiet hands in dressage. Located in Georgia.
Movie is sensible for a amateur or junior rider looking to Event, Foxhound or show jumpers. He has schooled ditches, banks and water with no hesitation and is ready to compete. He is smart and deliberate at fences and is wonderful on the flat. He also has fox hunted quite a bit and is lovely out in the field. Rides in a snaffle. Sound and healthy with full set of 2 year old X-rays available. Located in Maryland.
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