Welcome to Killeady Hunter Trials
Killeady has been running hunter trials in Ballinhassig since the 1970’s. It is a long established course and has nine classes to suit everyone from the very young beginner to the enthusiastic rider with an open horse. Accordingly it is a popular course and we normally attract a very large number of entries.
Traditionally, a Junior course starts the event off early in the morning for children aged 12 and under. This course is entirely in the one field and we allow ponies with very novice children to be led around. We also have a class on the same Junior course for 13-18 year olds who are new to cross country riding.
The main course is spread over 5 fields and runs between 2 and 3 km long. An interesting aspect is that the course straddles the main Cork to Bandon road (N71) and so includes a tunnel crossing through which competitors must ride. The jumps come in a wide variety and include many natural obstacles such as banks and drains, tree trunks, and river crossings. As well as these natural ones, we have constructed a number of artificial jumps including poles, miniature houses, barrels, etc.
We run three levels of difficulty. The easiest is the Training course and this has three classes – horse, pony and pairs (may be mixed horse and pony). Next up is the Novice course and again we run three classes – horse, pony and pairs (again may be mixed). And finally the most trying course is the Open course in which only single horses may compete.
The Training course is very popular among riders who are relatively new to cross country riding and want to enjoy themselves without being overly competitive. We get a lot of amateur jumpers, pony and riding club members competing in the classes on this course.
The Novice course is for the slightly more experienced, but still quite doable for most good riders. Obviously the Open event is for the very capable rider and horse.
Rosettes and cash prizes are given to the top 10 in each class.