Vaughn Equestrian is very conveniently located off Banks Mill Road, near the Hopeland Farm development. The farm is a mere four miles from the center of downtown Aiken and five miles from the famous Hitchcock Woods.
Access to some of Aiken’s finest showing and training facilities is less than half an hour’s trailer drive. We’re proud to share the details that make Vaughn Equestrian’s facilities among the best in terms of all-around professional horse care.
The facilities were designed and built by us in 2014. The goal was to maximize safety, functionality and efficiency. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with our care for boarders and for those who trailer-in for lessons and clinics.
A lovely center aisle barn, raised in 2014, is equipped with twelve matted 12x12 stalls. An existing shed-row barn with four 12x12 stalls was completely renovated at the same time and has its own tack and feed rooms. An outdoor wash-stand has both hot and cold running water.
For fire safety, hay and shavings are kept in a separate nearby shed. We utilize a Haygain hay steamer to reduces dust inhalation, enhancing respiratory health without sacrificing the nutrients that would be lost to soaking. The entire farm is completely enclosed by fencing and gates should any horses manage to get loose.
• The regulation-sized outdoor dressage arena has state-of the-art footing that has proven to be very safe for even the most advanced Grand Prix movements. The arena is immaculately groomed and scooped at all times. • The dressage arena has a full mirror across one of the short sides.
• Two jump fields offer a choice of training on showjump courses or gymnastic and cavalletti exercises. • Darrell regularly uses the Vaughn’s 4-horse trailer to take his combined training clients for schooling at the many local cross-country facilities in Aiken.
Six hundred acres of fields are accessible for hacking at next-door farm for a nominal monthly fee. Trails meander around the hay fields and through wooded areas of ferns and fragrant long leaf pines. Hackers always ride the trails with at least one partner for safety. And even the spookiest horses quickly learn not to fear the occasional small herds of deer that live there.