Jockey Silks Design Contest to Celebrate the 75th Running of the Aiken Trials


City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism
P. O. Box 1177
Aiken, SC 29802
Phone: 803-643-2121
FAX: 803-642-7639

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 17, 2017

The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame along with the Aiken Training Track is holding a jockey silks design contest to celebrate the 75th running of the Aiken Trials. The contest is open to any high school student in Aiken County. The winner will have their design made into silks that will be worn in one of the races held during this year’s Aiken Trials.

Budding artists should strive to design silks that showcase the uniqueness of the Aiken equestrian community. Color, pattern, crest, and shape should also be considered in the design process. Students may use, but are not limited to, the design elements of the Jockey Club to assist with their design. Designs must be original and cannot be copies of registered silks, past or present.

The deadline to enter is February 10 by 4 pm and the winning entry will be announced on February 14.

The entry form and Jockey Club design elements and may be downloaded at:

Entry forms are also available at and may be returned to:
· Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame at 135 Dupree Place (Hopelands Gardens)
· Odell Weeks Center at 1700 Whiskey Road
· Smith-Hazel Center at 400 Kershaw St. NE
· Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum at 406 Park Ave. SE

For more information call 803-643-2121 or email

The Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Hopelands Garden at Whiskey Road and Dupree Place and celebrates Aiken‘s contributions to equestrian sports. The Racing Hall of Fame is open Tuesday – Friday from 2 – 5 pm, Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 2 – 5 pm., weather permitting.