Great Weekend in Aiken

There’s a great weekend coming up in Aiken. The first good news is that the gloomy weather is going away. After a cold start on Saturday morning, the skies will clear, and the forecast is for sunshine with temperatures in the 60s on Saturday and all the way up to 71 on Sunday. Meteorological spring is here, and we’re really going to feel it this weekend. It will be a nice break from all the cold and damp weather of the last week.

There are events and competitions galore. In town, Progressive Show Jumping March Madness II, a hunter/jumper show, runs on Saturday and Sunday at Highfields Event Center. You can see a schedule of Saturday’s events here. Check out the PSJ Facebook page for Sunday’s agenda, as well as for links to results and show reports.

The Sporting Day of Traditional Driving, scheduled for Saturday, has beeb rescheduled for the fall, and will be held on October 11.

Finally, Full Gallop Farm will hold a Dressage Test of Choice on Saturday and a USEA/USEF horse trial on Sunday. We just have a few more weeks left before the winter eventers start heading north again, so if you wanted to come out and see what’s going on in the event world, this is a good time to do it.

You could consider this weekend the real beginning of the spring season. It will be in full swing next weekend, which features the Aiken Trials on Saturday, Aiken’s day of thoroughbred racing at the  Aiken Training Track. The trials is the first event of the Aiken Triple Crown: three consecutive weekends of equestrian events. The Aiken Steeplechase is the next weekend, followed by the Pacer’s and Polo match, the unofficial beginning of the Aiken polo season.

Oh , and don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night before you go to bed. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 AM on Sunday morning. This means we can look forward to long afternoons, evening rides and late dinners after a day out with the horses.