Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z. Photo by Shelby Allen.
We are pleased to share that Aiken’s most anticipated spring event, the $50,000 Liftmaster Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field, will return March 5-6, 2021.
Now in it’s third year, the eventing showcase is dedicated to putting on a world-class event while also strictly adhering to US Equestrian COVID-19 protocols to maintain safety of all participants. Because of this, The Aiken Horse Park Foundation will not be able to welcome spectators to this year’s event. However, they’ve partnered with Horse & Country TV to provide a robust live stream experience with wall-to-wall coverage.
While the schedule has not been finalized, we can expect dressage to be held Friday morning, March 5, followed by show jumping Friday eventing. Cross country will conclude the competition on Saturday, March 6.
Phillip Dutton and Z. Photo by Shelby Allen.
Invitations have been extended to the top 40 ranked riders in the world, some of whom are based in the United States during the winter training season. All four of the US Eventing Elite Training list riders: Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin, Doug Payne, and two-time winner Liz Halliday-Sharp have already committed to this year’s competition.
“The Aiken Showcase is a competition that I look forward to each year and it’s such a great early season challenge for my top horses,” Liz said. “Many of our nation’s best riders and horses are there to try and take the title, so to win the event you have to put in a great performance in each phase and fight for it to the end! I am really looking forward to competing there again and I will be doing all that I can to win the event for a 3rd year in a row!”
We look forward to bringing you all the latest and greatest from this winter showcase. Go eventing.