Battons new owners of The Vista equestrian center, plan improvements

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Sep. 16—The Vista Schooling and Event Center has two new owners and is moving forward with a slightly different name.

Paul and Morgan Batton acquired the equestrian facility near Montmorenci, which is southeast of Aiken, earlier this month.

To celebrate the closing of the deal, they held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception Wednesday at what now is known as the Vista Schooling Center.

"This is a great opportunity for us," Morgan said.

The Vista's amenities for horses include cross-country schooling courses, a gallop track, arenas and wooded riding trails.

In addition, the Vista is a venue for weddings and other special events.

"Paul and I are honored to continue the legacy of The Vista and to serve the Aiken equestrian community," Morgan said. "We welcome feedback and we want to keep open the lines of communication in order to meet the schooling, training and special event needs of our members and our guests."

The Battons own the Hitch and Tow, an Aiken-based business that sells new and pre-owned horse trailers. It also offers trailer maintenance services.

Morgan is an eventing rider, trainer and coach.

The Battons are planning to make upgrades at the Vista in the coming months.

Details about those improvements will be revealed "at a later time," Morgan said.

She and her husband bought the Vista from Bruce Hovey, Scott Bradford and Ketan Patel.

"It was time to pass the baton" to younger owners with "the energy to continue to grow and improve it," Hovey said.

According to Aiken County land records, the Battons paid $1.35 million for the Vista and purchased it in the name of the Vista Schooling Center, LLC.

The Vista opened for business in December 2015.

Tom Caniglia was originally a co-owner and managing partner.

The Vista is at 859 Old Tory Trail.

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