With the Carolina Cup now in the history books, it is time for Camden to welcome a different set of jumpers to town.
Beginning today and continuing through Sunday, the fifth edition of the Camden Spring Classic will set up shop at the South Carolina Equine Park. .
Highlighting the springtime ritual in Camden will be Friday’s $15,000 United States Hunter Jumper Association International Hunter Challenge Derby Classic, sponsored by the Tack Room of Camden, to be contested under the lights inside the Bonham Oval at the facility located on Cleveland School Rd.
The Camden Spring Classic kicks off the Carolina Spring Circuit. On April 10-12, SCEP will play host to the Camden Spring Show, featuring the $2,500 South Carolina Hunter Jumper Association Palmetto Hunter Derby. The event is managed by president, Rick Cram who is excited about returning to Camden, once again, after having hosted shows on these grounds for many a year.
"It is exciting in looking back to consider the number of exhibitors that have shown at this show," Cram said. "I think the horses that competed over the decades would be in the tens of thousands. Past champions at the show have also been national champions. The amount of people that have kept this show alive is impressive. Through dedication to the sport of Hunter and Jumper competition, this show continues to thrive.
"The road to success for this show has been long and involved. Many horsemen and horsewomen have contributed to its success over the decades. As president of Progressive Show Jumping, I am proud to say the show, now called the Camden Spring Classic, has found its home once again in Camden."
The Camden Spring Classic, a AA-rated competition, offers equine athletes, especially in the $15,000 Derby, a chance to shine. Camden’s Liza Boyd, a two-time winner of the International Hunter Challenge Derby Classic is expected to be back in the saddle this week. Boyd won the feature event in her hometown in 2012, 2013 and in 2010.
Admission is free for the competition and spectators are invited to sit on the hill which overlooks the main show ring while bringing a tailgate spread with them, should they wish, to take in the action.
The South Carolina Equine Park is located along Cleveland School Road in Camden. To get to the site, take I-20 East to exit 101. You will bear right off the exit and take a left onto Cleveland School Road where a sign will direct you to the facility.
For more information about the Camden Spring Classic, log onto www.psjshows.com.