Heart CH A M PION Written by: Patrick Kerrison
When you drive to the famed shorelines of South Carolina, you’ll often see two-, three-, or four-rail fences housing bucolic farmlands. Inside those gates, you will find acre upon acre of lush, bright, green grass roamed by some of the most magnificent creatures ever to take a breath.
T H I S I S HOR S E C OU N T RY. With spring events such as the Aiken Triple Crown and Camden’s Carolina Cup, plus the Lowcountry’s Steeplechase of Charleston in autumn, this region is no stranger to the thrills of thoroughbred horse racing. Of course, where there are horses, there are horsemen and women like Eddie and Kate Maple, a pair of Northeastern imports who made Bluffton, South Carolina, their home 15 years ago. If, for some reason, you find the surname familiar, it may be because Maple is a Hall of Fame jockey.
PHOTO: Bob Coglianese