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Equestrian

HISTORY

Aiken’s equestrian history traces back to the end of the 19th century, when thanks to the mild climate and naturally healing Coker Springs, Aiken had a reputation as a health resort. Northerners traveled to Aiken for our mild winters, and Charleston residents came in the summer to flee the humidity and malaria. By the 1880s, numerous wealthy northern “tourists” had adopted Aiken as their winter home, establishing Aiken as the original “Winter Colony.” Each fall, trains brought colonists and their horses to Aiken. They appreciated the weather and raved about our sandy soil, which never froze and had no rocks to bruise their horses’ hooves.

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HONORING THE TRADITION

Aiken is proud of its equestrian history, and that tradition continues to be honored here today. You may see horses and riders crossing the road in downtown Aiken heading towards the trails in Hitchcock Woods, and you may even wish to schedule your own historical tour of Aiken via horse-drawn carriage. Interested in an equestrian-inspired scavenger hunt? Ask us about tracking down the eleven painted horse statues dispersed throughout the town on your Adventure Awaits package!

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    AIKEN STEEPLECHASE EVENTS

    Spring Steeplechase: Saturday, March 25, 2017
    Fall Steeplechase: Saturday, October 28. 2017

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    AIKEN HORSE SHOW

    MARCH 30 – APRIL 1, 2018

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    BLESSING OF THE HOUNDS

    NOVEMBER 23, 2017

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    AIKEN POLO

    SUNDAYS at 3pm, March through July and September through November