TURKEY TROT 5k Trail Race & Trail Pace – a 4-H FUNDRAISER!

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Choose to enter one or both of these fun events supporting a great organization! All proceeds will go to support the 4-H programs of Halifax and Northampton Counties.

What is 4-H?

WHEN:   Saturday, November 23, 2019
WHERE:  Halifax 4-H Horse & Livestock Complex
                54 Dog Pound Road, Halifax, NC

Entry Fee: $25 per participant due by November 18th.
(Register by November 11th to be guaranteed a T-shirt!)

5K Trail Race for runners/walkers

  • Registration opens at 8 a.m.
  • Race at 9 a.m.
  • Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female 5K finishers overall for:    under 18, 18-29, 30-44, 45-59, and 60+.
  • All run/walks must be completed by 10:30 a.m.
  • Print an entry form or register online for the trail run/walk.

The trail run will be a 5K through the wooded trails and open fields of the Halifax 4-H Horse & Livestock Complex. Experience the scenery while running a competitive race, a slower-paced run, or a leisurely walk through nature. (*well-mannered leashed dogs to are allowed for a $10 donation*)

Trail Pace for Horse & Rider

  • Registration opens at 8 a.m. – however, preregistration is strongly encouraged to schedule intervals.
  • First riders on course will start at 11 a.m. and every 4 minutes thereafter.
  • Awards will be given to the top three teams in each division for: Gobbler (intermediate/advanced), Jakes (novice/beginner), and Old Hens (65+).
  • Print an entry form or register online for the trail pace.

This Trail Pace is modeled after a traditional hunter pace and is a low-key competitive yet enjoyable event. Teams of two or three riders follow a trail course laid out over terrain which is meant to simulate the riding conditions encountered during a foxhunt using a combination of gaits that a fox hunter typically uses as a fox’s scent is found and followed by hounds through open country and along wooded trails. The trail length will be approximately 4-5 miles. It is up to each team to guess what the organizers of the pace have decided is an ideal SAFE time to complete the course and to adjust its progress accordingly. Results are judged against the ideal time decided by a test rider that rides the course before the event. On the day of the event, the team which completes the course in a time closest to the ideal is placed first – but will be penalized if the course is completed in less than the ideal SAFE time. Even though there is a competitive aspect to a trail pace, most riders simply regard it as an enjoyable way to spend a day on the trails with fellow equestrians.

For more information contact Beth Burchell at beth_burchell@ncsu.edu or (859) 221-9943.