The fourth annual Celebration of Eventing, a party to benefit the The Hitchcock Woods Foundation, will be at The Willcox next Monday. There will be music by 4 Cats in the Dog House, as well as cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. There will also be a silent auction, which includes such attractive items as lessons with Phillip Dutton, Heidi White and Eric Horgan, as well as cross country schooling at Jumping Branch and Sandy Hills Farms, and entries at Apple Tree Farm.
The Celebration of Eventing is a great way for Aiken’s eventers, whether they are year-round residents or snowbirds, to get involved in the Aiken community and help support the Hitchcock Woods, one of the things that makes Aiken, Aiken. This is particularly important this year: the ice storm the city experienced earlier this month caused heavy damage to the woods. Many trees lost their branches; others came down entirely. Some trails were blocked, while others were rendered dangerous, due to hanging branches which might fall at any time. The damage is being repaired now, but the woods are still closed to walkers and riders.
Registration for the party is open now, and items are still being accepted for the silent auction. The cost is $75 per person, preregistered by this Thursday, February 27, and $100 per person after that. Contact the Hitchcock Woods Foundation for more information, or click here for the Celebration of Eventing calendar listing on The Aiken Horse news site, which includes a link to the invitation and list of silent auction items.