It has been another big week in the Aiken horse world and there is an active weekend of Aiken equestrian events coming up.
Last weekend, there was a schooling event at Jumping Branch Farm, (click for results) as well as the USEA/USEF Recognized Advanced Horse Trials across the Savannah River at Pine Top Farm in Thomson, GA. Pine Top attracted many of Aiken’s upper level riders,who used the event as a tune up, or a step up, for their top horses.
Pine Top and Jumping Branch were followed by a recognized horse trials at Full Gallop Farm (click for results), on Wednesday. Wednesday was also the start of March Madness, a five-day-long hunter jumper show at Highfields Event Center.
Meanwhile, over at the Hippodrome in North Augusta, the NBHA President’s Cup Super Show (click for results) attracted barrel racers of all ages from around the region and the country. The USC Aiken women’s polo team had a tough match against Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, intrepid members of the Aiken Driving Club gathered at the Silver Bluff Audubon Center for an organized drive.
Aiken Equestrian Events February 27-March 1
This weekend starts with a pair of fundraisers on Friday night, February 27. One is the Buckaroo Ball which is taking place under the tent at the center of the Aiken Training Track. The Buckaroo Ball is a fundraiser for the Saratoga Warhorse Foundation, a program that offers veterans with PTSD and other problems at chance to interact with horses.
The Saratoga Warhorse Foundation uses Equine Rescue of Aiken as its winter base. The Buckaroo Ball raises funds for Saratoga Warhorse, but not for the rescue itself. On Friday, there will be another party, Splendid Night, held at Tod’s Hill, that will raise funds for the rescue as well as for the USEA Young Riders program. This gathering, which begins at 5:30 and is free to attend, doubles as a competitors’ party for the USEA/USEF recognized horse trial at Sporting Days Farm.
Sporting Days itself starts on Saturday. With over 350 entries, this is a big event with divisions from Beginner Novice through Preliminary. Check out the Sporting Days Farm Ride Times here.
March Madness continues at Highfields Event Center. You can find the daily schedules on the PSJ Facebook page.
This weekend is also good for clinics. There is a Nicke Palsson drivers clinic and a Lisa Singer VSE (very small equine) driving clinic at Chateau Log Farm in Windsor. At Bridle Creek Equestrian, there is a Beth Barritt Dressage Clinic.
For the Ranch Sorting folks, there is a round robin at Recoleta Ranch. Visit the Sorting USA Facebook page for more information.
There’s more– practice polo, fox hunting, you name it. The weather forecast doesn’t look great, with overcast days in the mid 40s. But spring is just around the corner, and we are just two weeks from the Aiken Trials, the first event of the Aiken Triple Crown, and the unofficial start of the spring season.
Entry forms and information:
ENTRY STATUS FOR FULL GALLOP, March 7-8 (entries still accepted)
For Advanced Event Riders: Entries for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event opened on February 24m and will close on March 24. Tickets to watch the event will mail on Monday, March 3.
NEW ON THE CALENDAR: Schooling Horse Trials/Combined Tests at Full Gallop, Wednesday, March 11.