Horse Riding Events Near Central Pennsylvania

We put together this list of hunter paces, paper chases, benefit trail rides, judged trail rides and other fun horse events within a reasonable drive (~3 hours) of central Pennsylvania towns such as Altoona, State College, or Penn State. Internet companies are massively successful at wasting our time, so it’s harder than ever to find up-to-date information on fun horse events in one place like this!

If you want full details you will have to search for full event info… we are just bringing them to your attention.

Note: Past events are moved to bottom of page.

April 2024 Fun Horse Events

Sunday, April 28, 2024
spring paper chase
Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Fox Hounds
Runnymede Sanctuary, Cochranville, Pennsylvania (Chester county)
3:00 drive time from State College map link
7-8 miles
10a-1p starts
go out as team or individual!
$40
leisure pace option, jumps or flat, informal attire
(rain date May 5)

May 2024 Fun Horse Events

Saturday, May 4, 2024
Leg Up Farm
benefit horse trail ride, food trucks, silent auction
Spring Valley Park (southern York county, Pennsylvania)
2:30 drive time from State College
9a-12 ride times
$40
(rain date following week)

Sunday, May 26, 2024 and
Monday, May 27, 2024
Paper Chase 2024
Tranquillity Manor Farm
Monkton, Maryland
2:45 drive time from State College
Sunday and Monday 8:00 am-12:30 pm
Dress casual, approved riding Helmet and boots
The course is about 6-7 miles and there is a way around every fence.
Both jump and non jump riders do same course.

Monday, May 27, 2024 (Memorial Day)
Memorial Day hunter pace
Bucks County Horse park (Revere, Pennsylvania)
3:30 drive time from State College
5-6 miles, optional jumps
registration 8:30a, 9a-12 starts
$35
Open/50+ divisions

June 2024 Fun Horse Events

Sunday, June 2, 2024
New Market/Mid Valley Hunt (Maryland)
trail ride and barbeque/covered dish
10am
McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania area
(see NM-MVH website for additional trail rides)
2:00 drive time from State College
$30 or season pass

Rolling Rock Hunt
regular trail rides begin
Latrobe, Pennsylvania area
$10?

Saturday, June 15, 2024
New Market/Mid Valley Hunt (Maryland)
trail ride (picnic?)
Three Springs, Pennsylvania area
(see NM-MVH website for additional trail rides in MD/WV)
time TBA
1:30 drive time from State College
$30 or season pass

Saturday, June 15, 2024
trail challenge
Bucks County Horse park (Revere, Pennsylvania)
3:30 drive time from State College
$35?

July 2024 Fun Horse Events

Friday, July 5, 2024 to
Saturday, July 6, 2024
2024 Horse Progress Days
Gordonville, Pennsylvania
30th year of this huge expo demonstrating modern horse-drawn and mule-drawn farming techniques and equipment returns to Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. It’s quite the event!
$15

Race to the Rock #1 (maybe)
Hunter pace
Royal Rock Farm, Noxen, Pennsylvania

Sunday, July 21, 2024
Cohocton Hunter Pace and Timed Trail Ride
Cohocton, NY
~2:45 travel from State College
5-7 miles, 9a-1p ride times
$40
note NY requires proof of rabies vaccinations at horse events

August 2024 Fun Horse Events

Sunday, August 18, 2024
Cohocton Hunter Pace and Timed Trail Ride
Cohocton, NY
~2:45 travel from State College
5-7 miles, 9a-1p ride times
$40
note NY requires proof of rabies vaccinations at horse events

Race to the Rock #2 (maybe)
Hunter pace
Royal Rock Farm, Noxen, Pennsylvania

September 2024 Fun Horse Events

Saturday, September 14, 2024 and
Sunday, September 15, 2024
Fall Hunter Pace 2024
Tranquillity Manor Farm
Monkton, Maryland
2.5-3 miles course, 30 optional jumps
all tack, all disciplines, “casual tidy” attire
2:45 drive time from State College

Saturday, September 21, 2024
judged trail ride
Bucks County Horse park (Revere, Pennsylvania)
8a-12 rides, cash prizes
3:30 drive time from State College
$35

Sunday, September 22, 2024
Cohocton Hunter Pace and Timed Trail Ride
Cohocton, NY
~2:45 travel from State College
5-7 miles, 9a-1p ride times
$40
note NY requires proof of rabies vaccinations at horse events

October 2024 Fun Horse Events

Friday, October 4, 2024 through
Sunday, October 6, 2024
Harrison Mule Days
Carroll county Equestrian Center
Mount Airy, Maryland
FREE!

Saturday, October 10, 2024
Pink Ribbon Ride, picnic, raffle, awards
Bucks County Horse park (Revere, Pennsylvania)
7 miles
registration 8am, rides 8:30a-1p
3:30 drive time from State College
$50+ donation/pledges/sponsorship
(horse driving may be an option!)

(probably) Sunday, October 11, 2024
fall paper chase
Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Fox Hounds
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania (Chester county)
3:00 drive time from State College
7-8 miles
10a-1p starts
go out as team or individual!
$40
leisure pace option, jumps or flat, informal attire

November 2024 Fun Horse Events

Saturday, November 23, 2024
Thanksgiving Hunter Pace
Bucks County Horse park (Revere, Pennsylvania)
5-7 miles, optional jumps
registration 9am, rides 9-12
3:30 drive time from State College
$35


2024 Completed Events

The following events are now over but are listed for future reference.

Saturday, April 6, 2024
“Com On Spring” Paper chase [sic]
Marsh Creek state park
Downingtown, Pennsylvania (PA)
3:00 drive time from State College
10a-1p
Marked trails at Marsh Creek State Park. Start time is 10 AM, last rider 1 PM.

Saturday, April 6, 2024
9:00am-1:30pm (Rain Date Sunday April 7)
Benefit Paper chase
Baltimore County Agriculture Center
Cockeysville, Maryland (off I-83 just north of Baltimore)
3:00 drive time from State College
Join us for a 4.5 mile course around the Baltimore County Agricultural Center. Optional jumps up to 2’6″.
$40

Saturday, April 13, 2024
Royal Rock trail ride day
(hunter paces later in summer?)
Noxen, Pennsylvania (north west of Scranton)
2:30 drive time from State College
$25
9am on

Saturday, April 13, 2024 (weather change! April 14, 2024)
New Market/Mid Valley Hunt
spring hunter pace
Middletown, Maryland (Frederick area)
3:00 drive time from State College
3-4 miles
fences or optimum flat
probably 9-12 starts
hunt/ratcatcher attire preferred, no chaps
$35

Sunday, April 14, 2024
Beaufort Hunt
spring hunter pace
Grantville (Harrisburg), Pennsylvania
1:45 drive time from State College
8-10 miles???
jumps or pleasure division, english/western
(rain date Sun Apr 21)
$35

Saturday, April 20, 2024
EPIC (Equestrian Partners in Conservation)
spring trail ride and lunch
Dry Seneca trails, Poolesville, Maryland
3:30 drive time from State College
riding about 1½ hours and then enjoying a light lunch and refreshments
walk, w/t, w/t/c groups as needed to accommodate everyone
Trail Ride: 11:00am / Lunch: 12:30pm
rain date: Sunday, April 21
FREE!

Sunday, April 21, 2024
CHESTER COUNTY EQUINE EVENTS INC.
2024 Spring Paper chase at Brooklawn
1825 Newark Rd. Kennett Square, PA 19348
(Cochranville, Pennsylvania)
3:00 drive time from State College
$40.00 Per horse
8 mile ride over Chester County’s conservation lands.
Registration opens at 9:30 am.
First horse to start is 10:00am, last horse 2:00pm.