The All American Cup - Jim Aikman
The All American Cup
Jim Aikman and Hide-A-Way Farms
The Aikman family founded Hide-A-Way Farms.
Hide-A-Way Farms is on the S.E. quadrant of Indianapolis near the small community of Acton.
In 1941, George and Marcella bought Jim his
very first American Saddlebred horse.
entered Pre Vet at Indiana University
He became a professional horse trainer in 1950.
Many horses were probably "saved" because of the Korean War, when Jim
was called to service.
While in the Air
most treasured award - The American Spirit Medal of Honor.
was Honorably Discharged in 1954 - and entered the family business - designing and providing Commercial Food Service
facilities all over the world.
is a workaholic and not proud of it, made quite a bit of money so he
could have horses. - Partnered and built one of the finest and
largest fine dining restaurants in the Midwest - Lost a lot of money.
stood some decent stallions at Hide-A-Way - Cameo Kirby, (Sire of The Lemon Drop Kid), Ridgefield Denmark, Firefly Supreme, and the last stallion he
owned, "Wild Country" perished in a fire in 1988.
also raised and trained a few World Champions.
Starting in 1966 thru 1989, Jim
served 23 years on the Board of the American Saddlebred Horse Assn.
and in 1980 thru 1983, he
was coerced into the ASHA Presidency by Mr. C.J. Cronan and Tom Morton.
brought in a new and active board. - A lot of people made a lot of good things happen.
Changed the name of the Assn.
Changed from a "stock" corporation
to an open membership, and moved the Assn. and Museum
from Louisville to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
In 1997, Jim Aikman "thought" he
would retire at 68 years, so he
sold the "Aikman Co.
tried "fishing" - that didn't work - too boring.
Took up "Golf" - lasted 30 days - too bad at it . . . . He
decided to continue
training colts - and share 50 years of his
experience just teaching people - "Loves every minute of it".
forged into the "21st" century with ideas for the growth of the American Saddlebred Industry.
In 2002, one of those ideas would become the most challenging, frustrating and labor intensive endeavor of his
life - 18
hour days - seven days a week and lots of his
own money too . . . but Aikman
only thinks one way, "Win Big !." With that thinking, the ALL AMERICAN CUP
has grown into the largest paying event in American
So, Four years pass.
It is October 2006 and he
realizes that there are about 6 hours remaining, so he
has taken on another project that has been one of those "We
ought to . . ." Jim began interviewing every horse Owner, Trainer, Breeder with his camcorder that he could get to sit still.
The endeavor is called "Jim Aikman Interviews...." and they are becoming quite
the collectors item.
The ALL AMERICAN CUP has grown by leaps and bounds and Jim is still going strong. . . . he loves his family, Jim has a son, James W. Aikman, a Doctor of Music Composition, a composer of classical and popular music and he has his own website (www.aikmanmusic.com).
has 3 children and they all reside in Michigan.?
has a daughter, Jennifer who graduated from one of the largest schools in Indiana as Valedictorian.
She attended Oberlin College to be a Pediatrician.
Contracted Encephalomyelitis causing vision problems
ending that intended career.
When well, returned to school where she
became a Rhodes Scholar candidate.
married Joel who was a Rhode's Scholar recipient