South Carolina has a wide range of options for equestrians to enjoy the state, get out and get on their horses or watch others in flat races, steeplechases or polo matches.
Aiken is the heart of the state's Thoroughbred Country, hosting polo matches each Sunday from April through June and September through November every year. And that's just for starters. Other areas also host signature horse events throughout the year. Check out this great list of events for the full horse experience.
Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary spring trail ride offers two trails: one seven miles and the other eight. Riders with their own horses can enjoy one or both with a hot lunch in between.
The Aiken Trials is the first leg of the Aiken Triple Crown and includes a day of family fun, tailgating and contests. Opening ceremonies include a carriage parade.
The Aiken Spring Steeplechase offers six races with tailgating and infield parking that brings folks out for horse racing as well as a big party. This is the second event in Aiken's Triple Crown of equestrian events in the spring. Contact: Aiken Spring Steeplechase.
The Carolina Cup is the spring horseracing event for South Carolina. Since 1932, the Carolina Cup has drawn thousands of folks from all around the state and region in their Easter finest to watch a half-dozen races, including the 2 1/8-mile Carolina Cup run over fences. Contact: Springdale Race Course
Pacers and Polo is the last event in the Aiken Triple Crown and kicks off the spring polo season. Matches are at 3 p.m. Sunday at Whitney Field on Mead Avenue. Typically held on a Saturday in late March, the event is a fundraiser for the University of South Carolina Aiken athletics.
The Aiken Horse Show was established in 1916 and is held annually at Hitchcock Woods. The three-day event brings together show riders in a wide range of classes and competitions. Contact: Aiken Horse Show or Hitchcock Woods Foundation