Two of the three riders who have won the Grand-Prix Eventing Festival at Bruce’s Field (this year sponsored by Conceal, with $100,000 in prize money) will return this year (March 1 and 2) to square off — but they’ll certainly have plenty of competition from others as the entry list continues to grow.
Liz Halliday has entered this popular showcase event that’s the first major stop on many a top rider’s calendar — and carries a rare six-figure purse to up the appeal — with three horses: 2023 winner Miks Master C (owned by Ocala Horse Properties and Deborah Palmer), Cooley Quicksilver (owned by The Monster Partnership + Ocala Horse Properties), and Cooley Nutcracker (owned by Nutcracker Syndicate + Ocala Horse Properties). Liz also won this event in 2019 (its inaugural year) with Fernhill By Night and in 2020 with Deniro Z.
Squaring up for the challenge will be 2022 winner Boyd Martin, who will bring back the horse he won with, Fedarman B (owned by the Annie Goodwin Syndicate) as well as stalwart veteran Tsetserleg (owned by Christine, Thomas, and Tommie Turner) and rising star Commando 3 (owned by Yankee Creek Ranch LLC).
These former winners aside, the entry list continues to grow with plenty of contenders for the top prize. That list includes riders such as Will Coleman, Phillip Dutton, Colleen Loach, Ariel Grald, Will Faudree, Sydney Elliott, Doug Payne, and many other 4* and 5* horses and riders. We anticipate more entries to pile in as the closing date draws near — and we’re still awaiting confirmation of some international entries coming to catch-ride!
It’s also not too late to grab your tickets for this event, which truly puts spectators front and center with the action, right in the heart of Aiken, SC. Click here to learn more about Grand-Prix Eventing and to buy your tickets or VIP experience.
We’re pleased to introduce Deirdre Stoker Vaillancourt, with her robust expertise and portfolio of property options in the Aiken area, as the sponsor of our coverage of the Conceal Grand-Prix Eventing Festival at Bruce’s Field. Seasonal or year-round, southern charm and the sporting lifestyle await you in Aiken!