When Dogwood Stable’s president and chief cheerleader, W. Cothran Campbell, who is known as Cot, expressed his delight at winning the Belmont Stakes with Palace Malice, he included in his winner’s circle remarks an acknowledgement of the small city of Aiken, S.C., the home base for his racing partnership operation.
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Aiken might not be South Carolina's largest city, but it is by no means a one-horse town. It has a rich history when it comes to all things equestrian, and today includes horse-themed stores and a restaurant in what was once a stable; legendary training facilities; and events that draw thousands of people from all over the world every year.
When horse people discover Aiken, they often feel that they have finally come home. The city, located halfway between Augusta, Georgia, and Columbia, South Carolina, is immersed in horse culture.
Aiken, South Carolina is the perfect getaway for the horse enthusiast. Racing, polo, carriage driving, hunting, jumping, eventing, dressage and steeplechasing are all avidly pursued in this historic southern town.
I started coming to Aiken in the late 1980's, when my parents bought a house just off the Whiskey Road. The property came with a small (by Aiken's standards) stable, and it was close to the Hitchcock Woods, a 2,200-acre tract of public woodland. My father had retired several years before and wanted to spend the winter in a place warmer than New Jersey, where he could keep a few horses and the family could come to use them. I'd never heard of Aiken, but he insisted it was perfect.