When the opportunity to acquire an October horse date in Aiken presented itself, Equus Events jumped at the chance. The Equus Events Aiken Harvest Classic will be held at Highfields Event Center from Oct. 12-14.

The show provides horsemen with more options to exhibit at the A rated level, said Megan Godard, Equus Events.

“That’s where the idea came from to have the Pony Derby and the Children’s Adult Hunter Derby at this show,” said Godard. “The International Hunter Derbies and Derby Finals are so popular these days, but derbies for the pony and child/adult riders are few and far between at A shows. We’re excited to be able to offer these riders that type of experience at the Aiken Harvest Classic.”

The show itself will feature a numnber of show hunter and show jumping classes.

The Jumper Derby will be incredibly unique as the class will include a number of new and interesting features. The course will feature 1.20-1.25 meter obstacles, with a jump-off style format. The class is scheduled to start around 2 p.m. on Oct. 14.

“Nothing like this has ever been done in this area,” said Godard. “The course will be much longer and over more natural style obstacles. JRS Construction is sponsoring the class.”

The Pony and Children/Adult hunter derbies are modeled after the United States Hunter Jumper Association International Hunter Derbies. The derbies will have two rounds, a classic round and the handy hunter round.

“Both rounds will feature a long, flowing course with unrelated lines and natural jumps like logs, split rail fencing, brush boxes and coops,” said Godard. “Many thanks to Dietrich and Company Equine Insurance for sponsoring our Children’s Adult Derby and Reflections Farm for sponsoring our Pony Derby.”

The popular Hunt Night returns on Oct. 12, and tailgating is encouraged for the event, said Godard.