Aiken’s only CCI4*-S is back and competitors have a lot to look forward to come Saturday. Captain Mark Phillips returns again as course designer with his track build by Eric Bull and beautifully decorated by Millie Maney.
The course takes a similar route to previous years, including the stretch added in 2018 that brings riders through the additional fields where the schooling series Eventing Academy is run. No one should get too comfortable, though, as CMP has carefully tweaked a few key combinations — a corner changed to a chevron, a boat relocated, etc.
Take a look around fence-by-fence and let us know what you think. First CCI4*-S rider is scheduled to leave the starbox at 2:47 p.m. on Saturday. We’ll be there to bring you all the latest.
Many thanks to Sammy Keats for the photos from this virtual course walk.