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What the heck is an Aiken Jump?

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  • What the heck is an Aiken Jump?

    I'm having a brain freeze and it doesn't seem to google very well--what the heck is an Aiken jump?

    Thanks!
    www.quiethavenfarm.com

  • #2
    post and rail and a bunch of brush
    "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"
    carolprudm

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    • #3
      An Aiken Fence is a rather natural looking jump, similar to what you would find in Hitchcock woods.
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      • #4
        A google image search finds this shot from the Hunters Rest website.

        Here are some examples, the more consistent and safer National Fences resemble Aiken jumps.
        "If you would have only one day to live, you should spend at least half of it in the saddle."

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          #5
          Thanks Wingsy and everyone else--how come it googled for you and not me?
          www.quiethavenfarm.com

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          • #6
            I googled Aiken fence jump (in images)
            "If you would have only one day to live, you should spend at least half of it in the saddle."

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            • #7
              I googled and got a lot of stuff about clay aiken's private life...
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              They're small hearts.

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              • #8
                Google is simple, there is a big difference in results between "Aiken Fence Jumps" and "Jump Aiken"
                "If you would have only one day to live, you should spend at least half of it in the saddle."

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                • #9
                  ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Trixie View Post
                    I googled and got a lot of stuff about clay aiken's private life...
                    AHHAHAAAAAA!!!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Everythingbutwings View Post
                      Google is simple, there is a big difference in results between "Aiken Fence Jumps" and "Jump Aiken"


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

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                      • #12
                        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.
                        Janet

                        chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Everythingbutwings View Post
                          A google image search finds this shot from the Hunters Rest website.

                          Here are some examples, the more consistent and safer National Fences resemble Aiken jumps.

                          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.
                          Last edited by cssutton; Apr. 29, 2010, 11:11 PM. Reason: Add comment,

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                          • #14
                            Okay, make me work at it. I "googled" 'hunter course design Aiken jump"

                            Thanks, Janet!

                            USHJA International Hunter Derby
                            "If you would have only one day to live, you should spend at least half of it in the saddle."

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                            • #15
                              CSSutton, what an awesome photo!
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                              They're small hearts.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Trixie View Post
                                CSSutton, what an awesome photo!
                                Indeed!
                                "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

                                ...just settin' on the Group W bench.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Trixie View Post
                                  CSSutton, what an awesome photo!

                                  Agreed. Very classy looking horse!
                                  ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Trixie View Post
                                    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

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                                    • #19
                                      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?
                                      "Beware the hobby that eats."
                                      Benjamin Franklin

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                                      • #20
                                        Wonderful picture cssutton, you should leave it posted.

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