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REH
Apr. 28, 2010, 09:15 AM
I'm having a brain freeze and it doesn't seem to google very well--what the heck is an Aiken jump?

Thanks!

mroades
Apr. 28, 2010, 09:18 AM
post and rail and a bunch of brush

naters
Apr. 28, 2010, 09:39 AM
An Aiken Fence is a rather natural looking jump, similar to what you would find in Hitchcock woods.

Everythingbutwings
Apr. 28, 2010, 09:50 AM
A google image search finds this shot (http://anfscd.com/huntersrest/gallery/betsyhorse.jpg)from the Hunters Rest website.

Here are some examples (http://www.kentuckydowns.com/media/steeplechase.jpg), the more consistent and safer National Fences (http://steeplechasefreepress.com/New_Jump_Committee.html) resemble Aiken jumps (http://www.dolphinear.com/pro/steeplechase.jpg).

REH
Apr. 28, 2010, 09:53 AM
Thanks Wingsy and everyone else--how come it googled for you and not me?:lol:

Everythingbutwings
Apr. 28, 2010, 09:54 AM
I googled Aiken fence jump (in images)

Trixie
Apr. 28, 2010, 10:16 AM
I googled and got a lot of stuff about clay aiken's private life... :confused:

Everythingbutwings
Apr. 28, 2010, 10:21 AM
Google is simple, there is a big difference in results between "Aiken Fence Jumps" and "Jump Aiken" :winkgrin:

sirensong4
Apr. 29, 2010, 07:07 PM
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
See above for An. Epic. Win.

twotrudoc
Apr. 29, 2010, 08:04 PM
I googled and got a lot of stuff about clay aiken's private life... :confused:
AHHAHAAAAAA!!!:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

SuperSTB
Apr. 29, 2010, 08:07 PM
Google is simple, there is a big difference in results between "Aiken Fence Jumps" and "Jump Aiken" :winkgrin:

:lol::D:lol::D:lol::D:eek::lol:

Definetly the phrase of the day... nay, phrase of the month.

Janet
Apr. 29, 2010, 09:08 PM
A "real" Aiken is a living hedge combined with a post and rail fence .

It is the original jump that a rolltop attempts to simulate.

cssutton
Apr. 29, 2010, 10:54 PM
A google image search finds this shot (http://anfscd.com/huntersrest/gallery/betsyhorse.jpg)from the Hunters Rest website.

Here are some examples (http://www.kentuckydowns.com/media/steeplechase.jpg), the more consistent and safer National Fences (http://steeplechasefreepress.com/New_Jump_Committee.html) resemble Aiken jumps (http://www.dolphinear.com/pro/steeplechase.jpg).


What then would you expect a brush to look like?

An aiken in the days when working hunters jumped real fences on a long outside course, consisted of a fence made of really heavy timber, something like telephone poles, with about 6ft. or more dead brush piled in front of it.

The horse not only had to jump the spread of the brush, but the telephone pole demanded that the horse be careful.

I have a pretty good photo of me jumping an aiken back in the mid 1950's, but I do not belong to yahoo or any of the other photo swap places.

Maybe I could put it on my personal info page.

CSSJR

OK, I posted it on my profile page, but I won't leave it there for more than a few days.

Note that this was a real 4' fence with a lot of spread.

Everythingbutwings
Apr. 30, 2010, 07:00 AM
Okay, make me work at it. I "googled" 'hunter course design Aiken jump (http://j.b5z.net/i/u/2159438/i/pdir/541/i/1-aikenjump.jpg?bd=3)"

Thanks, Janet!

USHJA International Hunter Derby (http://www.eliteshowstables.com/hunter_derby)

Trixie
Apr. 30, 2010, 09:00 AM
CSSutton, what an awesome photo!

Ghazzu
Apr. 30, 2010, 09:03 AM
CSSutton, what an awesome photo!

Indeed!

bornfreenowexpensive
Apr. 30, 2010, 09:09 AM
CSSutton, what an awesome photo!


Agreed. Very classy looking horse!

cssutton
Apr. 30, 2010, 09:22 AM
CSSutton, what an awesome photo!

Thanks.

That was the horse of a life time.

A long but really interesting story of a great prospect ruined by bad handling, made worse by those who tried to force him to conform and who came to me as a total outlaw.

No one could ride him near a jump. No one could stay on him.

Several of the greatest horsemen of the 1950's tried him and gave up.

I could claim to be the world's greatest because I was more than successful with him, but the truth is that I found that he liked to hunt.

On his first hunt, he planted my face in a muddy plowed red mud field. That was the last time he ever pulled his favorite stunt in the hunt field.

After one hunting season, he would soar around an outside course beating some really high class horses.

He would jump a course of a dozen fences and every single fence was perfect. He picked his own spot, never any doubt about where it would be, always right.

But he would not trot a pole in the ring.

CSSJR

JumpWithPanache
Apr. 30, 2010, 10:33 AM
What an amazing photo of a classy horse over a classic jump! Anybody match wits with or seen something like that in the Hunter ring lately? What would you guess the height/width was for the Naples, Fla Aiken fence?

BAC
Apr. 30, 2010, 10:57 AM
Wonderful picture cssutton, you should leave it posted.