On Saturday, November 23, 2013, the nature preserve next to DeBordieu, Hobcaw Barony, will host its 2nd Annual Hunter Pace.
A hunter pace is a low-key competitive event derived from foxhunting. Riders follow an outdoor course laid out over terrain
which is meant to simulate the riding conditions encountered during a foxhunt. A fox hunter typically uses a mixture of gaits as a fox’s scent is found and followed by hounds through open country and along wooded trails. It is up to each team to guess what the organizers of the pace have decided is an ideal time to complete the course and to adjust their progress accordingly.
Riders providing their own horses can register for this program which includes the Hunter Pace and lunch. Registration forms for riders are available at the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center just south of DeBordieu and Pawleys Island, or and must be completed and received by Friday, November 15th, 2013 in order to be officially registered and receive a start time. OR, you can CLICK HERE for the registration form.
The Belle W. Baruch Foundation is a non-profit organization and owner of the 16,000-acre wildlife refuge, Hobcaw Barony. Made as a royal land grant in 1718, it was eventually subdivided into 14 individual plantations. It became the winter residence of Wall Street millionaire and presidential adviser Bernard Baruch. Mr. Baruch’s daughter, Belle, purchased all of the barony over a period of several years and at her death a foundation was created to use the land for the “purposes of teaching and/or research in forestry, marine biology, and the care and propagation of wildlife, flora and fauna in connection with colleges and/or universities in the state of South Carolina.” Visit the website at www.hobcawbarony.org.