Conceal Grand-Prix Eventing Entry Update: Nearly 40 Top Horses + Riders to Compete for $100k

Monica Spencer (NZL) and Artist. Photo by Sally Spickard.

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!

We’re nearing the end of the entry period for the $100,000 Conceal Grand-Prix Eventing Festival at Bruce’s Field, presented by Taylor Harris Insurance Services, and the roster has boomed into arguably the most competitive in the event’s young history. At the time of publication, we’ve hit almost 40 entries with some exciting late additions added over the weekend for the March 1 and 2 showcase event.

Highlighting the entries is Maryland 5* winner Austin O’Connor, who will ride Amanda Beale Clement’s experienced 4* horse, Carlson 119 in his first appearance at Grand-Prix Eventing.

Austin, riding for Ireland, ups the international flavor of the entry list along with recently-relocated rider from New Zealand, Monica Spencer, who will compete fan-favorite OTTB Artist at this event for the first time.

Caroline Pamukcu and HSH Double Sixteen. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Pan American Games individual gold medalist and team silver medalist Caroline Pamukcu has also thrown her name in the hat as one who will certainly be vying for that hefty prize pot, tapping HSH Double Sixteen (owned by Caroline and her mother Sherrie, as well as the Baltodano family) for the task.

Fellow speed demon Doug Payne will also bring three horses: Quiberon (owned by Doug and Jessica Payne), Quantum Leap (also owned by Doug and Jessica), and Camarillo (owned by Doug Payne and Patrice Jennings-Rado). Fun fact: all three Payne rides were bred right here in the USA by Elizabeth Callahan.

Doug Payne and Camarillo compete at the 2023 Grand-Prix Eventing Festival. Photo by Shelby Allen.

You can view the full and most up to date roster by clicking here.

General admission and VIP tickets are still available for this event, which really should not be missed if you’re in the area or within range! Click here to scope out your options.

For those of you unable to join us in person, H&C+ will carry the live feed. Bookmark this page (and don’t forget to check out our just-launched live stream hub for all your viewing needs!) for direct access to the live feed. Watching on Horse & Country requires either an H&C+ subscription (good for live and on-demand viewing) or a one-time event pass (good for live and on-demand viewing for 30 days). If you aren’t already an H&C+ subscriber, you can save 15% on an annual membership using code EVENTINGNATION15.

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