Calendar of Events


Photo credit: Ginny Southworth

February 10, 2014
Hunt Week Gala

This fundraiser is a privately hosted cocktail party exclusively for subscribing members of all local hunt clubs.

March 3, 2014
Celebration of Eventing

This fundraiser is a privately hosted cocktail party expressly for the eventing community.

April 4, 2014
Business Partners Appreciation Luncheon

Each year, the Foundation thanks and honors its generous Business Partners with a luncheon at the Friday kickoff of the Aiken Horse Show … under the tent!

Aiken Horse Show Jumpers

Photo credit: Shawn McMillan

April 4, 5, & 6, 2014
Aiken Horse Show

The annual Aiken Horse Show is held at the legendary show ring in the Hitchcock Woods. Founded by Louise Hitchcock in 1916, the Aiken Horse Show is one of the most elegant and historic affairs in Aiken’s lively sporting calendar. This prestigious and popular event attracts equestrians in many disciplines and loyal spectators from the Southeast. For ticket and other information, visit

April 22, 2014
Earth Day

Each year, the Hitchcock Woods Foundation participates in the City of Aiken’s public celebration and observation of Earth Day. For more information, visit the City’s website at

Woods Walkers

Photo credit: Ginny Southworth

September 26 and 27, 2014
Festival of the Woods

The Festival of the Woods is a new annual event to celebrate the wide range of pedestrian uses of the Hitchcock Woods, and to provide education on the history and resources of the Woods. Participants will learn about the Foundation’s management and stewardship programs and how to experience the Woods more thoroughly and responsibly. Friday features a ticketed dinner with a guest speaker. Saturday (free admission) features tours, exhibits, family activities, and a picnic lunch (available for purchase).

Blessing of the Hounds

Photo credit: Ginny Southworth

November 27, 2014
Blessing of the Hounds

The annual Blessing of the Hounds immediately precedes Aiken Hounds’ formal Opening Meet. The Blessing is held on Thanksgiving Day at 11:00 a.m. at Memorial Gate in the Woods. This traditional ceremony and beloved tradition lasts about 30 minutes and the public is welcome. There is no parking at the South Boundary entrance, but attendees may park downtown. One should allow 30 minutes to walk from Laurens Street to Memorial Gate. No motorized vehicles or dogs are permitted in the Woods for this event. There is no charge.

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