Phillip Dutton, born in
Phillip took two horses to Rolex: Woodburn, owned by Acorn Hill Farm, and
Phillip jumped clean. This was not much of a surprise, since
With such a performance, it was no surprise that Phillip was named to the short list for the 2008 Olympic team that will compete in Hong Kong this August. Phillip is on the list with three horses (
Horse Show in the Woods
The 93rd annual Aiken Horse Show in the Woods was another big success this year. Not only were there more competitors than in the past, attendance was also up and included horses and riders from outside the local area, such as Nelson Gunnell, who lives in
The Aiken Horse Show attracts many competitors who don’t usually find themselves at horse shows, since it is an old-fashioned hunter show. The majority of the horses competing are field hunters rather than show horses. There is even a division for qualified field hunters, which are horse-and-rider combinations that have been out on the hunt field at least six times during the previous season. The Fox Hunter division is the most hotly contested of the show. Last year’s champion, Melisssa Campbell on Nandina, did not participate, while the winner the two previous years, David and Lynn Smith’s Deville, had a new rider.
There were many new contenders for the Fox Hunter championship. In the end, the tri-color went to Dennis the Menace, ridden by his owner, Suzan McHugh. Paddy Anne Burns was reserve champion, riding Breakfast in Bed. Although competition for adults was as fierce as ever, much of the character of the show comes from its emphasis on children’s classes. The kids compete at many different levels, from leadline and walk-trot through Junior Fox Hunter. The class that draws the most attention is often the costume class. As ever, kids and their parents went all out – there were costumes with tropical motifs, ponies dressed up to look like fairies, painted horses, cowboys and Indians and clowns.
The Aiken Horse Show is the primary fundraiser for the Hitchcock Woods Foundation, which manages and cares for the Hitchcock Woods. Members of Aiken’s equestrian community can become a Friend of the Woods for a small donation. For more information, go to www.HithcockWoods.org, or call 803.642.0528.
One horse that really jumped up a notch this spring was Acorino, a 7-year-old Holsteiner stallion owned by Lieutenant Colonel Frederick (Rick) Schofield, who is based in
Rick Scofield owns Sentinel Sport Horses, which he started in
Judging from the number of dressage activities going on this year, the sport really seems to be picking up in the area. Not only does Aiken have four recognized shows this year, there are also numerous schooling shows, ideal for greener horses and riders and anyone who wants to get comfortable riding in the arena in front of a judge. In addition to the shows, there are quite a number of clinics. Granted, most of these clinics are in
There are also some new types of dressage in the area. The Aiken Horse introduced its readers to dressage for gaited horses last year. Now, meet dressage for sidesaddle riders. That’s right. At the behest of Aiken’s sidesaddle club, Aiken Ladies Aside, the Beat The Heat dressage show at Buckleigh Farms held a sidesaddle class. The winner was event rider Ann Lawhorn, riding Wally, an Appaloosa lent to her by Betty Alexander, Aiken’s sidesaddle guru.
Spring Polo Season
There was an interesting trend in polo during Aiken’s spring season. The spring is usually quieter than the fall around these parts, but that wasn’t really the case this year. It’s true that we didn’t have the marquee events (there was no Gold Cup, no Silver Cup, no Triple Crown of Polo) but as far as low goal polo is concerned – polo played for the enjoyment of the sport more than for the sponsors and spectators– the spring was really hopping.
There were low goal tournaments pretty much everywhere. Aiken Polo Club had a 6 goal and two 8 goals. New Bridge, a newcomer to low goal polo, had a competitive 8 goal spring league in May with eight teams entered. Farther out in the county, Edisto Polo had several 4-6 goal leagues that attracted a good contingent of competitive teams. Omar Cepeda, who has a nice field in Blackville, also played host to a number of 4-6 goal tournaments. Both the league games at
Of course, there was also higher goal polo – a 12 goal at
The fall polo pony sale will also be at
“I want to get more people involved and make it fun,” he says. “I’d like to get a chuckle out of people, make them laugh, not just sell them a horse.”
Watch Out For This Weed
Have you been seeing a lot of dandelions your pasture and in your yard? Have you noticed that these dandelions are huge and they have many flowers for each plant instead of just one? That’s because these thing aren’t really dandelions. They’re hairy cats ear (or common cats ear or false dandelion: Hypochaeris radicata) and they are an invasive species that was accidentally imported from
Although hairy cats ear is not highly dangerous, Dr. Lisa Handy of Carolina Equine says that you should try to get rid of it if you have horses. Horses that eat large quantities of the weed have been known to exhibit symptoms of nerve damage. These symptoms include Australian stringhalt, a condition in which the horse lifts his hindlegs very high in a jerky motion.
“The best thing to do it to spot treat the weeds,” says Dr. Handy. “Round-up works well.”