Thoroughbred Country2018-12-10T12:05:23+00:00

Project Description

Thoroughbred Country

Thoroughbred Country

$129per person

During the 1800s, Aiken became a popular health resort for coastal residents wishing to escape the Summer heat and wealthy Northerners, lured by the opportunities for equestrian sports and an escape from the bitter winters. The residents of Aiken’s celebrated “Winter Colony” enjoyed riding, racing, fox hunting, and playing polo while in residence. Today, the equestrian tradition continues, and our first stop will be the Aiken Equine Rescue Stables, home to many thoroughbreds, including the last living relative of Triple Crown Winner, “Affirmed.” We then join a guided historic tour of Aiken through the “Horse District,” ending at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum which contains nine dioramas that depict the town’s heritage along the original SC Canal & Railroad Company. Following an included lunch, it’s off to The Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum where Aiken-trained horses that have gone on to become national champions are enshrined.

PRICE $129 Per Person

TRIP# 12928

INCLUDED

  • Roundtrip Transportation
  • Aiken Equine Rescue Stables
  • Tour of Aiken “Horse District”
  • Aiken Visitor’s Center & Train Museum
  • Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum
  • Lunch included

During the 1800s, Aiken became a popular health resort for coastal residents wishing to escape the Summer heat and wealthy Northerners, lured by the opportunities for equestrian sports and an escape from the bitter winters. The residents of Aiken’s celebrated “Winter Colony” enjoyed riding, racing, fox hunting, and playing polo while in residence. Today, the equestrian tradition continues, and our first stop will be the Aiken Equine Rescue Stables, home to many thoroughbreds, including the last living relative of Triple Crown Winner, “Affirmed.” We then join a guided historic tour of Aiken through the “Horse District,” ending at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum which contains nine dioramas that depict the town’s heritage along the original SC Canal & Railroad Company. Following an included lunch, it’s off to The Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum where Aiken-trained horses that have gone on to become national champions are enshrined.