Aiken Fall Festival - Bruce's Field - Aiken Horse Park, Aiken, SC
We just wrapped up the 2020 edition of the Aiken Fall Festival show series. The competition was fierce as Bruce's Field was host to some of the top horses and riders in the country. Many thanks to all of our amazing exhibitors, trainers, sponsors, and staff for a successful and smoothly run two weeks. Congratulations to all of our feature class winners as well as circuit champions! 

Aiken Fall Festival I

Doug Payne rode Jane Dudinsky's Quintessence to the win in the feature class of the Aiken Fall Festival I, the $25,000 Grand Prix Presented by Aiken Saddlery. Grey Fox Crossing's Dr. J with Grant Seger in the irons placed second and Camille Maddrix earned third place honors aboard M&M Sporthorses' Jack Straw.
Grand Prix Week I 01
Grand Prix Week I 02
Doug Payne & Jane Dudinsky's Quintessence

In the California Split $5,000 Aiken Welcome Stakes, Kyle Dewar rode his Clever Van De Helle to the win as did Doug Payne with Jane Dudinsky's Quintessence.
Welcome Week I 01
Welcome Week I 02
Kyle Dewar & Clever Van De Helle
Doug Payne & Jane Dudinsky's Quintessence

The $7,500 William E. Howard III Memorial USHJA National Hunter Derby & The $7,500 Junior/Amateur USHJA National Hunter Derby Presented by Barb Gould Uskup & were held on Friday. Liza Boyd and Gigi Manigault's Walk-Off were the winners of the William E. Howard III Memorial USHJA National Hunter Derby and Sydney Degrazia rode her own Reveille Z to the win in the Junior/Amateur USHJA National Hunter Derby.

Derby Week I 01
Derby Week I 02
Liza Boyd & Gigi Manigault's Walk-Off
Sydney Degrazia & Reveille Z

The Aiken Fall Festival Braiders Best Turned Out Award
Best Turned Out Pony - Week 1
Keri Emerson's Falling Moon Casanova
Not Pictured
Best Turned Out Horse - Week 1
Lee Cesery's Shakespeare

Aiken Fall Festival II

The feature class of Aiken Fall Festival II, the $25,000 "R Bruce Duchossois" Grand Prix Presented by Friends of RBD and Jack Wetzel, was held Saturday morning. Daniel Geitner rode November Hill's Vesta De Lavardin to the win. Holly Shepherd finished second with Loretta Patterson's CHS Krooze and Kyle Dewar was aboard his mount Chapeau M top round out the top three.
Grand Prix Week II 01
Grand Prix Week II 02
Daniel Geitner & November Hill's Vesta De Lavardin

Daniel Geitner was also victorious in the $5,000 The Carolinas Equestrian Magazine Welcome Stakes held earlier in the week. Geitner piloted Dayna Gant's Ghiradelli to the win, Darragh Kerins rode Chilmark Farm LLC's Marshmello to second and Josh Dolan finished third aboard Blue Gate Farm LLC's Ekilly Van De Horst.
Welcome Week II 01
Welcome Week II 02
Daniel Geitner & Dayna Gant's Ghiradelli

In the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby held on Friday morning, Hunt Tosh rode Ceil Wheeler's Autograph to the top honors. Havens Schatt finished second and third, with Caroline Moran's Mostly Sunny and Ken and Amy Wexler LLC's Cascartini, respectively.
Hunt Tosh & Ceil Wheeler's Autograph

The $2,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Sponsored by The Tarumianz Family was held on Friday evening and Elle Boyd was in the saddle for the win aboard GC Ponies, LLC's Elegance. Campbell Clement rode Caroline Gilmer's Farnley Crown Prince to the second place honors and Emily Grace Swinson finished third with GC Ponies, LLC's Etch-A-Sketch.
Elle Boyd & GC Ponies, LLC's Elegance

The 2020 SCHJA Governor's Cup Medal Finals were held Sunday morning and Kate Mills trained by Alicia Wilkinson topped the field. Grace Rabb, also trained by Alicia Wilkinson, finished second and MaryHunter Millet trained by Jennifer Churchill finished third.
Kate Mills - 2020 SCHJA Governor's Cup Winner

The Aiken Fall Festival Braiders Best Turned Out Award

Best Turned Out Horse - Week 2
Ann Rice Ervin's Alright
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Best Turned Out Pony - Week 2
GC Ponies, LLC's Elegance
Sportsmanship Award
in honor of Katie Maxwell
Wendy Arndt

Congratulations to the Circuit Champions of the 2020 Aiken Fall Festival

Grand Hunter
Amy Squier Perez's Commentary & Julie Curtin
Amateur-Owner-3-6-Circuit-Champion.jpgAmateur Owner Hunter 3'6"
Joey Rose LLC's Cassino & Joey Rose
Amateur-Owner-3-6-Circuit-Champion.jpgAmateur Owner Hunter 3'3"
Sandro Rouge & Lindsey Roberts
Junior-Hunter-3-6-Circuit-Champion.jpgJunior Hunter 3'6"
Maura Harrower's Who Dat & Morgan Van Nortwick
Junior-Hunter-3-6-Circuit-Champion.jpgJunior Hunter 3'3"
Andrea Guzinski's Rio Oro & Gigi Phillips


Adult-Hunter-Circuit-Champion.jpgAdult Amateur Hunter
Racing Barn LLC's Double Eagle & Amanda Ingram
Junior-Hunter-3-6-Circuit-Champion.jpgChildren's Hunter
Andrea Guzinski's Eistla & Ava Svatos


Pre-Child-Adult-Hunter-Circuit-Champion.jpgPre-Child/Adult Hunter
Stephen Borders' Appointed & Suzette Tittle
Small-Pony-Hunter-Circuit-Champion.jpgSmall Pony Hunter
Sir Lucas & Ella Tarumianz


Medium-Pony-Hunter-Circuit-Champion.jpgMedium Pony Hunter
Keri Emerson's Falling Moon Casanova & Sophie Jane Poore
Large-Pony-Hunter-Circuit-Champion.jpgLarge Pony Hunter
Merrylegs South's Days of Our Lives & Elle Boyd
Adult-Jumper-1.10m-Circuit-Champion.jpgAdult Jumper 1.10m
Concertino De Mies & Shawna Swanson
Childrens-Jumper-1.10m-Circuit-Champion.jpgChildren's Jumper 1.10m
Kalle & Caia Watridge
Not Pictured
Children's Pony Hunter
Tittle Sport Horses' Olympian's Dainty Rose & Suzette Tittle
Short/Long Stirrup Hunter
The Sweet Escape & Kelly Pope Black
Junior/Amateur Jumper 1.20m & 1.30m
Win A Date & Judy Sutton

Thank you to A&S Photography for so many fabulous photos!
Thank you to Board In Aiken and The Blue Canoe Cafe for providing all of our hospitality!
We would also like to thank all of our 2020 sponsors. All of your support in these uncertain times truly makes a big difference. Thank you all so much for your support.

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