Category Archives: Equus Events

Winter Premier Is Next Week

Looking forward to seeing everyone next week at Bruce’s Field for the Winter Premier, January 18-20. Don’t forget to also get your entries in for the Winter Encore, February 1-3, also at Bruce’s Field at the Aiken Horse Park in Aiken, SC. Prize List, Entry Blanks, & Tentative Schedules available on EquusEvents.com.

Please send all stabling requests for Equus Events horse shows to stabling@equusevents.com.

Aiken Fall Festival: Week 2 Wrap-Up

Photo: Emilia and David Blake.

There was no shortage of camaraderie and competition during our second week of the Aiken Fall Festival, even with an amended schedule. Like Week 1, our specialty classes saw full fields and we want to congratulate the following horse and rider combinations:

  • $5,000 Aero-Equine Welcome Stake – Brando Du Rouet owned and ridden by Kirk Webby
  • The R. Bruce Duchoissois $25,000 Grand Prix sponsored by Jack Wetzel – Emilia, ridden by David Blake for owner Pine Hollow Farm
  • $2,500 National Derby – String of Pearls, ridden by Gavin Moylan for owner Penny Denegre

Plans are underway for our Tryon show October 10th-14th along with our Holiday Premier Show November 29th – December 2nd at Bruce’s Field. We hope to see all of you in the coming weeks.

Finally, we are elated to announce that we have been awarded the 2019 Zone 3 & 4 Children’s and Adult Hunter Championships to be held Week 2 of the 2019 Aiken Fall Festival. Stay tuned for qualifying details.

All the best,
Megan and JP Godard
Horse Show Managers, Equus Events

Aiken Fall Festival: Week 1 Highlights

Photo: Erin McGuire and Kasarr, Winners of the $5,000 Welcome Stake.

The Aiken Fall Festival, Week 1, was the place to be this past week. With over 400 horses competing in full divisions there was not a quiet moment and the buzz of our busy show resulted in two features on the local news.

Beyond the great competition, we had many new faces taking part in our horse show and getting to know Aiken for the first time.

When they weren’t riding, David Jennings and Freddie Vazquez jumped in as Aiken ambassadors, sharing their excitement for Bruce’s Field as first-time competitors in local press interviews.

Kyle Dewar and Clever Van De Helle came out of the gate with a win in the Saturday night American Standard Grand Prix sponsored by Aiken Saddlery and Gavin Moylan made the trek down from Upperville looking to get his young jumpers some positive miles in their first Grand Prix. Mission accomplished!

Classic Winners from the week include:

  • Lindsay Maxwell and Precedent, A/O Hunter Classic
  • Maggie Hill and Cassanto, Junior Hunter Classic
  • Chloe Watrous and Casual, Children’s Hunter Classic
  • Maddie Tosh and Love Me Tender, Pony Hunter Classic
  • Haley Gassel and Werner 61, 1.30 A/O Jumper Classic
  • Christina Webb and Lalainy, 1.20 A/O Jumper Classic
  • Stephanie King and Co-Starr, High Child/Adult Jumper Classic

We will continue to have exhibitor parties each night, with Friday night set aside for the 7th Annual Bridles & Birdies fundraiser. Tickets can be bought in the show office or by clicking here.

Hurricane Florence Update

We are continuing to monitor the ever changing track of Hurricane Florence. The safety and wellness of all of our animals, competitors, and staff is of the upmost importance. At the request of our competitors who will be staying with us through the weekend, we are planning to run a consolidated two day schedule for the Aiken Fall Festival II, starting Thursday and ending Friday.

We encourage those who plan to show to enter as soon as possible. The more information we have from our competitors, the more ability we’ll have to tailor a schedule that effectively addresses the challenges we are facing.

At this time, our team is sorting through stabling. Once all of the horses are resettled, we anticipate having the ability to offer additional stabling to evacuees. Please contact our office at 803-266-8410. We will remain on site throughout the weekend to assist with any feed and bedding orders that our guests might have, as well as to provide hospitality each day.

We know that our competitors are saddened and frustrated about these circumstances, and we share those sentiments. With that in mind, we now turn our focus to making the best of a difficult situation and providing any assistance we can offer to those who may need it.

Thanks to all for your patience and understanding.

Megan & JP Godard,
Horse Show Managers, Equus Events

Aiken Fall Festival II Wrap Up

Winners of the $5,000 Welcome Classic: Vesta de Lavardin, owned by November HIll and ridden by Daniel Geitner.

The two week Aiken Fall Festival Horse Show series saw its final show day last Sunday.  The series brought in over 400 horses to the Aiken area as well as thousands of riders, spectators, sponsors, grooms, and trainers including some of the country’s best.

The $5,000 Welcome Classic on Thursday evening kicked off the feature events for the week.  The November Hill entry of Vesta de Lavardin took top honors giving rider Daniel Geitner his second consecutive win in the Aiken Saddlery Welcome Classics at the Aiken Fall Festival Horse Show.  FVF Sailor Man and Maryann Charles took home second place honors, with Stephen Pack and SKF Just Do It, owned by Ellen Frost, coming home in third place. Complete results are as follows:

  1. Vesta de Lavardin, November HIll & Daniel Geitner
  2. FVF Sailor Man, Fox View Farm & Maryann Charles
  3. SKF Just Do It, Ellen Frost & Stephen Pack
  4. Belle Clara DKS, Dejan Krunic & Holly Shepherd
  5. Criss Cross, Top Line Farm, LLC & Alex Granato
  6. Skymiles, Loretta Paterson & Holly Shepherd
  7. Diederik, Vick Russell & Thomas John Russell
  8. Carlchen W, Page Tredennick & Alex Granato
  9. Sky High, Loretta Paterson & Holly Shepherd
  10. Kenwood, The Kenwood Syndicate & Daniel Geitner
  11. Kasarr & Erin McGuire
  12. Casal I, Mad Season, LLC & Alex Granato

Liza Boyd and Finally Farm’s Shamrock went unchallenged in the USHJA National Hunter Derbies at the Aiken Fall Festival, winning the week I $10,000 Derby presented by Cold Creek Nursery as well the week II Derby presented by Oak Manor Saddlery.  Diane Semur’s Gable Stone and rider Christy Burns took second place honors and Liza Boyd and Maura Thatcher’s Escalante took home the third place ribbon.  Complete results are as follows:

  1. Shamrock, Finally Farm, Inc. & Elizabeth Boyd
  2. Gable Stone, Diane Semer & Christy Burns
  3. Escalante, Maura Thatcher & Elizabeth Boyd
  4. Lucca, Pauline Lampshire & Hunter Kay
  5. Plush, Emma Nichols & Lauren Hill
  6. Askaro, Missy Luczak-Smith, LLC & Missy Luczak-Smith
  7. Capelina Z & Megan Martin
  8. Brigadier & Mary Barben
  9. Galileo, Ann Rice Ervin & Hunter Kay
  10. Rockaway, Lee Cesery & Taylor Adams
  11. Crossroads, Nancy R Merritt & Joy Janouskovec
  12. Whiskey Tango, Lee Cesery & Taylor Adams

Friday evening brought one of the most anticipated events center ring at the Aiken Fall Festival as The First Tee of Aiken’s Bridles and Birdies Charity Event returned for its 5th year.  The night started with a free cocktail hour hosted by The Best Life Real Estate Team with dinner served by Newberry Hall and live music afterwards by The Third Time Charmers.  The First Tee of Aiken Team with rider Nicole Lyvere came home victorious in this year’s relay defeating eight other teams including the defending champions, the Ice Cold Chippers and rider J. F. Gagne.

  1. The First Tee of Aiken – Coaches
  2. Woodside Aiken Realty Hounds
  3. Ice Cold Chippers
  4. The Golf Cart Racers
  5. Equus Events
  6. Horse Riders
  7. The First Tee of Aiken
  8. Aiken Horse Park Foundation
  9. The Best Life Team

The $25,000 “R Bruce Duchossois” Grand Prix presented by Fenwick Equestrian took place on Saturday evening to cap off the week’s big events.  A large crowd was in attendance to enjoy the festivities, including a free “Family Day” where face painting, pony rides, cotton candy, snow cones and carnival games were available free of charge.  The VIP tent was packed as DFG Stables of Aiken, SC sponsored an exhibitors dinner catered by Newberry Hall.

Maryann Charles of Southern Pines, NC and FVF Sailor Man found themselves in the winner’s circle for the second weekend in a row taking home the blue ribbon. The pair was also victorious in the $15,000 Jumper Classic week I of the Fall Festival.  The (2006) Dutch Warmblood began competing at the Grand Prix level in 2014 and has since placed in every Grand Prix they have entered, including a first, second, or third in eight Grand Prix in 2016.  The red rosette went to Page Tredennick’s Carlchen W with rider Alex Granato aboard and third place honors went home to the Ellen Frost entry of SKF Just Do It and rider Stephen Pack. Complete results are as follows:

  1. FVF Sailor Man, Fox View Farm & Maryann Charles
  2. Carlchen W, Page Tredennick & Alex Granato
  3. SKF Just Do It, Ellen Frost & Stephen Pack
  4. Sky High, Loretta Patterson & Holly Shepherd
  5. Catalyst, Katie Barnette & Aide Sanchez Long
  6. Kenwood, The Kenwood Syndicate & Daniel Geitner
  7. Skymiles, Loretta Paterson & Holly Shepherd
  8. Diederik, Vick Russell & Thomas John Russell
  9. Criss Cross, Top Line Farm, LLC & Alex Granato
  10. Kasarr & Erin McGuire
  11. Philadelphia 54, Fox View Farm & Maryann Charles
  12. VDL Crocus, Adrianne Beasley & Thomas John Russell

For complete results and more information on the Aiken Fall Festival, please go to www.equusevents.com.

Winter Classic Important Announcement – Inclement Weather

Dear Exhibitors,

We will unfortunately have to cancel this week’s Winter Classic Horse Show in Fairburn, GA due to weather and conditions. The forecast has continued to worsen as the event has drawn closer and we fear that the showing conditions and especially driving conditions will not be safe or acceptable. It is never easy to come to the decision to cancel but we feel it is in our exhibitors’ best interest. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you for your understanding,
J. P. Godard

Contact: Equus Events, Inc.
803-643-5698

2013 Aiken Fall Festival Kick-off

September 4th, 2013 Aiken, SC – The exciting hunter and jumper action of the 2013 Aiken Fall Festival Horse Show is set to kick off this Thursday.  The event in its 6th year will take place at Highfields Event Center in Aiken, SC with J. P. Godard and his Equus Events, Inc. handling the managing duties.  The show carries a USEF A rating and a jumper 3 star and will run September 5th-8th and 12th-15th.  “This year’s show is our biggest to date and with two sold out events we are looking forward to two busy weeks,” said show organizer J. P. Godard.

Many exciting events are on tap including a $15,000 Jumper Classic each week (Saturday, September 7thth and 14thth), a $5,000 Welcome Stake each week (Thursday, September 5th and 12th), a $2,500 USHJA National Hunter (Friday September 6th), and the SCHJA Governor’s Cup Medal Finals (Sunday, September 8th).  Back by popular demand is the Celebrity Ride and Drive Relay Challenge and “Bridles and Birdies” event to benefit the First Tee of Aiken which will take place Friday, September 13th.  Tickets for this wonderful event are available in the horse show office or by calling 803-226-0053.  Tickets are $30 per person and include the relay event, dinner, and live music all to benefit the First Tee of Aiken.

The Aiken Fall Festival is also excited to announce some exciting new classes to this year’s line-up with the addition of the TAKE2 Thoroughbred classes and the prestigious Zone 4 Horse of the Year Finals.  TAKE2 offers prize money in hunter and jumper classes restricted to Thoroughbreds that are eligible to be registered with The Jockey Club. The 2013 plan expanded the program nationwide to include 10 of the 12 USEF zones at more than 40 horse shows in 17 states. The goal is to create a market for retired racehorses, ensuring happy and productive lives beyond the racetrack.  “We felt that bringing the TAKE2 classes to Aiken was a great fit seeing the large thoroughbred population we have locally,” quoted Godard.  Zone 4 Horse of the Year Finals encompasses Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama offering finals classes in all USEF A rated divisions for all eligible horses.  The Tack Room of Camden South Carolina is the official sponsor of this year’s Zone 4 Finals which also includes a $2,500 Handy Hunter Stake Class.

The Aiken Fall Festival is known for its special events and hospitality and this year is no exception.  This year’s schedule includes:

Thursday, September 5th

$5,000 Open Welcome Jumper Stake
Not before 3 pm

Aiken Fall Festival Welcome Party at The Stables Restaurant @ Rose Hill Estate
Come as you are, all canine friends invited as well!
Live music by New Holland Rd! 7-9 pm

Friday, September 6th

$2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby sponsored by Holley Tractor
Low Country Boil sponsored by The Aiken Fall Festival Hospitality Sponsors
5:30 pm

Saturday, September 9th

Ice Cream and Popsicle Party 2 pm

Wine and Cheese sponsored by Hot To Trot Boutique 4 pm

$15,000 Aiken Premiere Jumper Classic
Exhibitor’s Party sponsored by The Aiken Fall Festival Hospitality Sponsors
5:30 pm

Sunday, September 10th

2013 SCHJA Governor’s Cup Medal Finals and Breakfast
8:00 am

Thursday, September 12th

$5,000 Open Welcome Jumper Stake
Pizza Party sponsored by Gagne International
Approximately 4:30 pm

Friday, September 13th

Celebrity Ride and Drive Challenge Relay Class
“Bridles and Birdies” to benefit The First Tee of Aiken
Tent opens at 5 pm – Relay to start at 6 pm

Saturday, September 14th

Ice Cream and Popsicle Party 2 pm

Wine and Cheese sponsored by Hot To Trot Boutique 4 pm

$15,000 Aiken Fall Jumper Classic sponsored by The Willcox
Exhibitor’s dinner sponsored by DFG Stables, Liz Tarumianz, Booth Parker, and Allison Mills
5:30 pm

AikenDSC_1148AngelWEBSponsors are an integral part to any event’s success.  Equus Events and The Aiken Fall Festival would like to thank the following sponsors for their patronage:

Gold Sponsors-

The Willcox, The Barn Book, Sidelines Magazine, The Stables Restaurant at Rose Hill, Fenwick Equestrian, Dietrich and Company Equine Insurance, The Mark Lexton Collection, DFG Stables, Gamboa Veterinary Services, EquiFit, Inc., One K Helmets, Holley Tractor, Integrity Fine Equestrian Linens

Silver Sponsors-

Aiken Yoga, CrossFit Aiken, Equine Divine, Finally Farm, Oak Manor Saddlery, Sandra Thomas, The Aiken Horse

Hospitality Sponsors-

Allison Mills, Beaver River Farm, Booth Parker, Brick Church Farm, Bridlewood Farm, Christison Stables, DFG Stables, Gagne International, Hot To Trot Boutique, Liz Tarumianz, The Willcox, The Stables Restaurant at Rose Hill

A special thanks to our title sponsors: Holley Tractor for sponsoring the National Hunter Derby Friday, September 6th, The Willcox for sponsoring the $15,000 Jumper Classic on Saturday, September 14th; and The Tack Room for sponsoring Zone 4 Horse of the Year Finals.

For directions, more information and a complete horse show schedule, please go to www.equusevents.com or call 803-295-2094.  The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Equus Events is a horse show production company based in Aiken, SC. We are committed to producing unique exhibitor friendly events that excel in a high level of quality, competition, and hospitality.  Equus Events is the current USHJA Members Choice award winning horse show company in zone 4 for an AA rated horse show.

Contact:
Equus Events
www.equusevents.com
803-643-5698

Equus Events Presents the 2013 Atlanta Summerfest Show Series

July 11th, 2013 Aiken, SC – Equus Events is gearing up for the third annual Atlanta Summerfest Show series taking place at beautiful Chattahoochee Hills (Bouckaert Farms) in Fairburn, GA. Due to the overwhelming success of the last couple of years a third week has now been added to make the series run August 8th-11th, 15th-18th, and 22nd-25th.  “We have been sold out the last two years so when the opportunity came up to add another week we decided that giving exhibitors three options of shows would hopefully ease the overflow,” said show organizer J. P. Godard.  “We are looking forward to returning this year with three great weeks of horse shows to offer.”  Well known in the eventing world, “Chatt Hills” has been host to the USEA American Eventing Championships the last three years.  The facility boasts an 8000 acre equestrian paradise filled with established pastures, lakes, and woodlands with ample room to ride, all located along the Chattahoochee River. The footing and stabling are both exceptional and the schedule allows for early days so exhibitors can enjoy the nearby lake, Six Flags, or the hustle and bustle of nearby downtown Atlanta which is only minutes away.

This year’s special features include a $5,000 Open Jumper Classic week I and $10,000 Open Jumper Classics weeks II and III, and a USHJA National Hunter Derby week I and III. As always, Equus Events will offer up some of the South’s finest hospitality hosting exhibitor’s parties each week as well as snacks and goodies at the ring daily.

Entries close for the Atlanta Summerfest July 29th and stalls are going very quickly.  Please contact Equus Events at 803-643-5698 or info@equusevents.com for more information.  Sponsorship opportunities are also still available. Please contact Megan Godard at 803-295-2094 or Megan@equusevents.com.

Other upcoming horse show dates to remember:

Aiken Fall Festival I and II
September 5-8 and 12-15 2012
Highfields – Aiken, SC

Featuring:
$15,000 Open Jumper Classics each week
$2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby (wk I)
SCHJA Governor’s Cup Finals (wk 1)
Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper Classes (wk 2)
Bridles and Birdies Team Relay Challenge to benefit the First Tee of Aiken (wk2)
Zone 4 Finals (wk2)

Contact: Equus Events, Inc.
803-643-5698

Equus Events Inc. Presents the 2013 Atlanta Spring Challenge Horse Show

Aaron Vale and Admiral Clover, winners of the 2012 edition of the Atlanta Spring Challenge Grand Prix.

In two weeks the Georgia International Horse Park will once again play host to the Atlanta Spring Challenge Horse Show.  Produced by Aiken, SC based J. P. Godard and Equus Events, the show offers a fitting end to the spring season and a perfect stop for those on their way to Devon.  The show now celebrating its 10th year was chosen as the recipient of the 2012 United States Hunter Jumper Association Members Choice Award for an AA rated Horse Show in Zone 4.  No easy feat seeing the high quality and quantity of shows that take place in Zone 4 which includes Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

“We have added more prize money and additional classes this year,” said show organizer J. P. Godard.  The show started out a single “A” rated horse show in 2004 and has now grown to a five day “AA” rated event that attracts some of top hunter and jumper riders throughout the country.  This year’s feature events include the Fenwick Equestrian $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and Derby Party Friday, May 19th and the $30,000 Atlanta Spring Challenge Grand Prix and annual Preakness Party to celebrate the running of the 138th Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May18th.  This annual party is sponsored by DFG Stables and Daniel and Cathy Geitner.  Both of these feature events will take place in the coveted International Arena which once hosted some of the world’s greatest equestrians and their horses during the 1996 Olympic Games.  Daily breakfast sponsored by this year’s hospitality sponsors is also on the agenda Wednesday to Sunday mornings as well as ring hospitality which is always welcomed by tired and weary exhibitors.

Jumper riders will have the opportunity to square off against courses designed by internationally famed and silver medal Olympian Michel Vaillancourt.  Originally from Montreal, Canada, Vaillancourt was the first Canadian equestrian to capture an Olympic individual medal in the 1979 Games and is one of the world’s most respected course designers.  He also holds the distinguished FEI “I” level course designers license.  In addition to the $30,000 Grand Prix, the jumper offerings include an attractive line up such as Young Jumper Qualifying events, a $5,000 Open Welcome Jumper Classic, a $5,000 NAL/WIHS Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic, and a $7,500 Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic.

Hunter riders are not to be left out as the Atlanta Spring Challenge has once again been selected as a prestigious World Champion Hunter Rider qualifying event and with a $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby plus an array of classics for every division there truly is something for everyone.  New this year is the popular USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Class and also a new high point award for the highest placed junior and amateur rider in the USHJA International Hunter Derby.  The high point award is presented by Fenwick Equestrian.

Fenwick Equestrian, Dietrich Equine Insurance, One K Helmets, The Barn Book, Sidelines Magazine, EquiFit Inc., The Mark Lexton Collection, DFG Stables, and Gamboa Veterinary Services have all signed on again as corporate sponsors for the 2013 season as well as Gold Sponsors of this year’s Atlanta Spring Challenge.  A few select division and hospitality sponsorships are still available this year.  Please contact Equus Events at 803-643-5698 or email info@equusevents.com for more information.

The Hawthorn Suites has been selected as the host hotel for this year’s event.  The Hawthorn is very conveniently located only seconds from the horse park.  For reservations and special exhibitor rates please contact them at 770-761-9155.

Entries for the 2013 edition of the Atlanta Spring Challenge close May 2nd and stalls are going fast.  Equus Events is proud to partner with Equestrian Connect as their official entry service provider.  This one minute web based service allows exhibitors to complete entries electronically. The service currently has over 9,000 members in the United States and Canada, and provides entry forms for over 800 USEF hunter/jumper shows.  For more information, please go to www.equestrianconnect.com. For more information or to reserve stalls, please contact Equus Events at 803-643-5698 or go to www.equusevents.com.

Equus Events is a horse show production company based in Aiken, SC. We are committed to producing unique exhibitor friendly events that excel in a high level of quality, competition, and hospitality. Equus Events is the current USHJA Members Choice award winning horse show company in zone 4 for an AA rated horse show.

Equus Events to Kick Off 2013 Show Season with Camden Winter Classic February 22-24

Grace Howard and Bethel's Peri

February 6th, 2013 – Aiken, SC based Equus Events, Inc. is gearing up to kick off its 2013 show schedule with the Camden Winter Classic February 22-24 at the South Carolina Equine Park in Camden, SC.  The event in its second year will again feature many exciting classes including a USHJA National Hunter Derby and Exhibitors’ Party Saturday evening.  Fenwick Equestrian has signed on again as a corporate sponsor for the 2013 season and will be the presenting sponsor of the Derby.  “We are extremely honored to be working with Fenwick again this year,” said show manager J. P. Godard.  “Their high performance products are outstanding and I am pleased to have them as such an enthusiastic member of the Equus Events family of sponsors.”

The winner of the derby will receive a custom embroidered Fenwick EquiSuede Cooler, and new this year, the leading junior and leading amateur rider of the class will also receive a Fenwick Jacket.  Fenwick will also be offering Equus Events exhibitors a special discount code during all shows in 2013.  Details will be available in the horse show office.  The exhibitors’ party will be taking place Saturday evening under the pavilion during the derby and is graciously sponsored by Christison Stables and Bruce and Amy Christison of Camden, SC.  Many thanks to Christison Stables for their support of the Camden Winter Classic.

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Atlanta Spring Challenge Wins USHJA Member’s Choice Award AA-Rated Horse Show in Zone 4

October 23rd, 2012 – Equus Events is excited to announce that its Atlanta Spring Challenge Horse Show has been selected as the 2012 United States Hunter Jumper Association Member’s Choice Award AA-rated winning horse show in Zone 4. The show was held May 16-20, 2012 at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA and is produced by Equus Events and manager J. P. Godard from Aiken, SC. “Many thanks to all of our loyal sponsors, exhibitors, and staff for making this award a reality,” said Godard. “I feel our goals as a horse show are much in tune with this award as we try offer unique exhibitor friendly horse shows that strive to excel in a high level of quality, competition, and hospitality.” The Atlanta Spring Challenge Horse Show is 1 of only 10 other AA-rated shows in the country that will receive this prestigious honor for the 2012 season and was chosen out of an impressive group of events in Zone 4 including some of the country’s largest and most well-known winter circuits on the East Coast.

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