In 2019, The Aiken Horse Park Foundation was pleased to introduce Aiken’s first Eventing Showcase, held at Bruce’s Field March 1-2. An Eventing “Showcase” is a unique version of Eventing competition that condenses the traditional country-side Eventing environment into a spectator friendly venue. The showcase format allows the general public the chance to be up close and personal, right next to the galloping lanes and massive fences, and experience the thrilling sport of Eventing in a whole new way. This equestrian triathlon presents a prime opportunity for top eventing riders to kick start their competition season, and to welcome the public to an exciting fast-paced equestrian event.
With its long history as the winter training grounds for many of the sport’s top riders, Aiken makes an ideal host for this exciting new format, bringing the story of Aiken’s eventing roots full circle, to Bruce’s Field. Olympic veteran and long-time winter resident, Phillip Dutton discovered Aiken when he prepared for the 1996 Olympic Games here, as a member of the Australian Team. Just as Aiken embraced Phillip and his Aussie teammates, Bruce Duchossois generously opened his stables to the team, initiating what became a long and deep friendship between the two. Phillip’s many successes on the world stage and his commitment to Aiken have had an extraordinary impact on Aiken’s economy. Each year, the town’s population swells throughout the three winter months, as the international eventing community focuses on Aiken, South Carolina.
When is the $50,000 LiftMaster Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce's Field (GPE)?The competition will be held Friday, Feb 28 - Saturday, Feb 29, 2020
Where is the GPE?The Aiken Horse Park Foundation (Bruce's Field) in Aiken, SC is home to the showcase. The address is 931 Powderhouse Rd, Aiken, SC 29803.
How do I purchase tickets? Both General Admission and VIP tickets can be purchased on our website or at the Aiken Horse Park Foundation office. The address is 931 Powderhouse Rd, Aiken, SC 29803.
What time is the event? Once we have a finalized competition schedule it will be uploaded to the website under the competition tab. Dressage will take place Friday morning, Feb 28. Showjumping will be the evening of the 28. Cross-Country will be held on Saturday, Feb 29.
Is there seating? There are a limited amount of bleachers. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or even a blanket to watch from the many vantage points throughout the park.
Where do I park? General Admission and VIP guests should enter the Horse Park off Audubon Dr. There will be volunteers to direct you once you are on grounds.
Are there handicap services? Guests should be aware that Bruce's Field is an outdoor venue. The following is provided for spectators with special needs:
-Close-in parking for persons with valid Disabled Parking Permit
-Courtesy golf cart shuttle from the parking area
***If special accommodations to participate or special seating arrangements are needed, please contact Kate Boggan email: email@example.com at least 72hrs ahead of the event.
Can I bring my dog? Well-behaved dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a leash at all times. Please remember to pick up after your dog. There are doggie bag stations set up throughout the venue.
What do I wear? Comfortable, weather-appropriate attire is recommended, comfortable shoes are a must! If you like bring along a blanket or portable seat.
Is there food on site? Food vendors will be located along Vendor Village and Saturday will feature a craft beer fest sponsored by RAFA Distributing. Feel free to bring along food and non-alcoholic beverages for your enjoyment. Please be courteous and use the trash cans located throughout the park.
How can I become a sponsor? Sponsorships are essential to the success of the event.
***If you are interested in becoming a valued sponsor please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Click HERE for the 2020 Sponsorship Package
Nancy Hathaway Jack Wetzel Elizabeth Carey
Joyce Vettorino Travis and Shelley Page Fernanda Kellogg
John and Michelle Koppin David Garrett Janet and Glenn Wilson
Sandra Thomas Jack Schwarz Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hampf
Sharon and Dikran Yapoujian Elisabeth Harpham Tamara Costa
Annie L. Jones Ann Wicander Caroline Moran River Edge Farm
Thank you 2019 Sponsors!
$50,000 LiftMaster Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce's Field
March 1-2, 2019
An Eventing Showcase run at the Advanced Level with a shortened cross-country course approximately 2100 meters featuring 22 jumping efforts at 535 MPM.
Competition Manager: Shelley Howerton Page
Cross Country Course Design: Captain Mark Phillips
Show Jumping Course Design: Michel Vaillancourt
PGJ: Christian Landolt
Technical Delegate: Andy Bowles
Ground Jury: Bobby Stevenson
Organizing Committee Chair: Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin, Evie Dutton, Fernanda Kellogg, Doug Payne, Mike Laver, Shelly Page, Jack Wetzel, Candace Garrett, Amy Borun, Tara Bostwick, Kate Boggan
About the Event