Highfields Event Center, Aiken, SC
I visited the Highfields Event Center for the first time this past weekend. The show grounds were expansive and flat. We had lots of sunshine for the show and although there was not much shade, the weather was great for horseback riding. They had three rings active (two hunter rings and a large grassy jumper ring) and each ring had a great warm-up area nearby with plenty of jumps, as well as fields to warm up your horse on the flat with less conjestion.
The showgrounds are not well marked and are located near the corner of Richland Avenue (the main street in Aiken) and Willow Run. My GPS and Google maps took us to a dirt road named Melrose which I did not want to drive on with a horse trailer. You can get to the grounds off Richland and Willow Run. Look for the barn roofs behind churches on Willow Run.
The show office is permanently housed in the building shown in the photo, which is located on one side of the showgrounds. It took us a while to find the office since we had not been there before. Staff was friendly and helpful, as were most of the horse owners at the show.
The barns and tents had pleasant stalls with rubber mats which keep them level with no pits. Most owners added at least three bags of shavings per stall. Water hydrants are plentiful (and the pressure drops when horses are being washed in the washracks.) Downtown Aiken is about 8 minutes away by car and has plenty of restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores, and a large hospital with an emergency room (which we unfortunately got to see.) You will find this venue a great place to ride your horses.