It’s the end of October, which means it is time for the annual fall Steeplechase at Ford Conger Field. The Aiken Steeplechase Association puts on two steeplechases; one in the spring and one in the fall. The spring steeplechase, part of the Aiken Triple Crown, is by all odds the most popular equestrian event in the Aiken area, regularly attracting 20,000-30,000 spectators.
The fall meet is a quieter, more family friendly affair. This year, it will be on Saturday, October 25. General admission is available on the day of the event, and there may even still be tickets left for the party in the Guarantor tent near the finish line. Gates open at 9:30 am and the first race goes off at 1 pm. Buy your tickets in advance and save $5 off your general admission. For more information, visit the Aiken Steeplechase website:
If you are interested in the horses, trainers and entries, you can find them on the National Steeplechase Association website:
This weekend isn’t just about steeplechase. We also have a Just For Fun show at Highfields on the 26th. These shows, put on by Progressive Show Jumping, are a great introduction to showing for green horses and riders, or anyone who just wants to get out in the ring. (www.psjshows.com)
Prefer eventing? There is a Jonathan Hollings clinic at Stableview Farm. http://stableviewfarm.com/events/jon-holling-clinic-schedule/
Do you want to see polo? The season is winding to a close, but there are many, many matches this weekend in five different tournaments at three different clubs. On Friday at 11, The Aiken Horse plays Woodlawn in the USPA Hall of Fame Challenge 4 goal at Powderhouse field. Woodlawn will be back in the same tournament and on the same field on Sunday at 11, this time challenging Casa Azul. (www.aikenpoloclub.org)
There are three games in the Fox Nation Classic 6 Goal hosted by Wagener Polo Club, all at Fox Nation in Windsor. On Saturday there is a game at 1 (Black Berg vs. Limehouse Produce) and at 3 (Fox Nation vs. Cedro Azul.) On Sunday, at 11, Limehouse Produce faces Fox Nation. (http://www.wagenerpolo.com)
On Saturday at New Bridge, Derry Heir plays Las Vinas in the finals of the USPA President’s Cup 8 goal at 4 pm. Then on Sunday, there are two games in the USPA Continental Cup 12-Goal. At 10 am, Hutchinson Farm plays Kenny Ray Personal Fitness at Meadow Hill, and at 1 pm, Crestview plays Winfield at New Bridge. (http://www.newbridgepolo.com)
Finally, on Sunday at 3pm, the featured game at Aiken Polo Club’s Whitney Field will be the finals of the Officer’s Cup 8 goal, Duck Hill vs. Foxdale Equine. If you haven’t been to Whitney Field yet this fall, this is a good game to watch. Not only does it promise plenty of action, you will get a chance to take a look at the new Whitney Field Pavillion, which, erected this summer, is a gorgeous addition to the property.
Fall is in full swing!