To ensure its tradition as an equestrian venue in Aiken’s Historic Horse District, Bruce Duchossois purchased the 66 acres, now known as Bruce’s Field in the year 2000. His dream was to nurture the property into South Carolina’s premier equestrian facility yet maintain its historic character. Following the examples of stewardship and generosity by the generations of previous owners, and knowing that he might not live long enough to see his dream realized, Bruce created a foundation to ensure the long-term survival of his dream. The Aiken Horse Park Foundation is proud of Bruce’s Field; its facilities that enable equestrian sport at its finest, but more importantly its character holding fast to the values of tradition and integrity.
Bruce dearly loved Aiken and was so thankful for what it gave him. He offered this gift to the community knowing that he would not be able to enjoy it himself, and asking nothing in return but that others enjoy it in his stead.
Nestled in the heart of Aiken’s historic district, Bruce’s Field at the Aiken Horse Park offers an unparalleled experience of premier equestrian facilities with the comfort and charm of an iconic Southern town.
Bruce’s Field rests at the intersection of the best Aiken has to offer. Its premier facilities and rich heritage provide an unmatched hospitality for horse and rider alike. There are five all weather rings and two schooling arenas all featuring GGT Footing, 224 permanent stalls, space for additional temporary stabling, and an administrative building housing the Foundation office with access to permanent restrooms. Sitting upon sixty-six acres of grass field, the Horse Park enjoys an open and spacious atmosphere, with plenty of room inviting horses and riders to stretch their legs outside of the rings.
Stately longleaf pines give way to the towering live oaks that line the short drive down Powderhouse Road and South Boundary Avenue to Aiken’s charming downtown district, known for its vibrant cultural scene and boutique shopping, dining, and nightlife attractions. Historic hotels provide accommodation in the heart of downtown, and an easy, inviting pace pervades the cosmopolitan yet relaxed atmosphere.
Gifts to the annual fund help offset the cost of maintaining the facility while also making it affordable for other charitable organizations’ use.
Knowing he may not live to see his dream realized, Bruce created a Foundation to carry on his vision that “Bruce’s Field” may provide future generations with a place to hold the kinds of events that he cherished—old-fashioned venues with character and integrity - not limited in its use, but a place where the City of Aiken’s many charitable and civic endeavors may be held for the benefit and enjoyment of all residents and visitors.
Now it is our turn to help ensure his legacy continues…