For over 25 years, Jumping Branch Farm has served area equestrians and seasonal competitors with schooling shows, horse trials and derbies. Now, under the careful and caring new ownership & operation of father-son duo Tim and Tate Shaw, the facility returns to the Area III winter USEA/USEF horse trials circuit, having been awarded the dates of February 19 and 20 for 2022.
“Along with family members, a dedicated ground’s crew, and veteran horse show managers, we have been working tirelessly to make improvements to the farm, enhancing the infrastructure in a way that we are confident to host recognized horse trials,” said Tim Shaw.
The February event will run Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels with cross country and stadium courses designed by Olympian John Williams. Williams is a USEF ‘S’ licensed course designer and Technical Delegate for Eventing, as well as a licensed FEI course designer and Technical Delegate. He has designed courses throughout the U.S., Canada, and Central and South America.
Prizes, courtesy of Susy Haslup, Aiken Horse Realty/Meybohm, will include $250 for the top placing OTTB in each division, an engraved leather halter to the top overall OTTB, and a saddle pad to the second place OTTB overall.
Surrounded by mature trees, Jumping Branch Farm’s 100+ acres feature two ponds, many large turnout fields, a gallop track, a full stadium arena, dressage rings, a rolling cross country course, and trails for hacking and conditioning.
“Nurturing this property for all to enjoy is truly a labor of love,” added Shaw. “We are grateful to have the opportunity to earn a USEA-sanctioned date that adds to the variety of show and schooling options for which Aiken is known.”