The Aiken Horse Show - Since 1916

Rules and Regulations

In all divisions, judging will follow USEF Guidelines.

An entry’s eligibility will be at the discretion of the rules and regulations delegates or the show directors.

Riders and horses must pre-enter by March 28, 2024. Late fee is $30/horse after March 28.

All riders must sign a "hold harmless release" and leave a signed blank check at the Secretary's stand to receive their number.

Proof of negative Coggins is required. You must send a copy with your entry.

Foxhunters, Junior Foxhunters, Junior Hilltoppers, and Hilltoppers must have a letter of qualification from the Master of their hunt, stating that the horse and rider combination has been out hunting three times this season in comparable flights. The qualification form is in the Prize List and is available on the Aiken Horse Show website:

Hard hats must be worn at all times when mounted. Children must have a properly adjusted (snug) harness. In all classes, riders must wear an ASTM approved helmet. No top hats or bowlers will be allowed.

Proper attire is required for all classes. Braiding is appreciated.

Martingales are prohibited in all under saddle classes.

Anyone paid to ride, exercise, or instruct is not eligible to compete in the Amateur Divisions.

Classes may be split, combined, or cancelled at the discretion of the Show Director.

Each obstacle will have a high and a low side.
All entries in the Foxhunter Division must jump the high side.

See courses for dotted line rule.

No horse or pony may be tied to the ring railing.

No vans or trailers are allowed in the Woods.

Anyone found riding in the ring after March 1st will be disqualified.

All horses must jog for soundness.

Point Calculations

Points will be tabulated as follows: 1st- 10 points, 2nd- 6 points, 3rd- 4 points, 4th- 2 points, 5th- 1 point, 6th- .5 point. Divisions with 3 or more entries are eligible for Champion and Reserve Champion awards. Points for the top 4 riders over fences will be combined with their Under Saddle points and the rider with the most points will be awarded the Championship, with the second highest winner receiving the Reserve Championship. In the event there is a tie, the rider with the most points over fences with receive the Championship.

Aiken Saddlery Grand Champion of the Day will be awarded to the Horse/Rider combination with the highest number of points in a single, three-class division that includes over fences classes. In the event of a tie, the rider with the most points over fences will receive the championship.

Hunter OTTB High Point will be awarded to the OTTB with the most points for the day.

Foxhunter OTTB High Point will be awarded to the OTTB with the most points for the day.

Leading Open Rider; Rider with the most points in the Open Division.

Leading Amateur Rider; Rider with the most points in the Amateur Division.

Future Hunter Classic; The rider’s second course score and classic score will be added together for placing. Classic Class points do not count toward Future Hunter Championships.

All visitors are welcome to bid in the Silent Auction located in the big tent.

No Dogs permitted in the tent. ALL DOGS on the show grounds must be leashed and cannot be left unattended.

Absolutely No Smoking in the Hitchcock Woods