What a perfect day to venture out to Hitchcock Woods for The Aiken Horse Show. Sunny, 70 degrees and clearly spring is in the air.
Hitchcock Woods is the largest privately-owned urban forest in the country. Its 2,100 acres and 70 miles of sandy trails have been a haven for pedestrian and equestrian users since the early 1800s.
This is the woods where I frequently go hiking. It's so enormous, you have to be very cautious not to get lost. I've had to use my GPS many times to get back to my car. I know some people who have been lost in the woods for five hours or more. It does have trails but they are disjointed and go in many different directions.
You can't imagine how beautiful it is to be in the middle of the woods watching these fabulous equestrians and their beautiful ponies perform at the horseshow. Today I watched the younger future hunters in the Over Fences classes. Needless to say, they were all adorable and were very impressive in their riding skills. Many made me think of my seven-year-old granddaughter who is also an equestrian.
I have to throw in a picture (left) of her in Maryland to remind me how precious she is on her pony.