Sunny & 75 in February? Yes, Please! Welcome to winter in Aiken.
Paradise Farm hosted a bustling one-day event Friday with Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels. It was a full day practically running from sun-up to sundown with all three phases making it a true three-ring circus.
In Friday’s Preliminary division, Ryan Wood was the big winner aboard Curran Simpson’s Fernhill Flame. The striking 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse is now sitting on two consecutive wins in his first introduction to the level.
In all, it was a spectacular day in Aiken. As usual, Lellie Ward’s farm was fantastically turned out (it’s for sale!) with inviting, yet challenging courses with features that make the courses feel world-class – like the Helsinki on the Novice course pictured above.
Admittedly, it has been a few years since I’d been to Paradise, but my visit on Friday makes me wish I had a horse to take back myself!
This is such a fun time of year to be in Aiken. Events feel especially busy with the influx of snowbirds to the area, and you get to see all kinds of their rides from top horses kicking off the season, to babies learning the sport for the first time.
As a University of Georgia alumna, it was also super to see a group of students sporting their red and black on the cross country course!
Overall, it was a super event, with much of the credit going to the competition’s hard working volunteers. Following a successful one-day yesterday, Paradise Farm is holding a two-day horse trials this weekend. The chinchillas would like to wish good luck to all those riding this weekend! Go eventing.