We’re in the homestretch to Stable View’s first Eventing Academy, to be held Feb. 24-25, and preparations are in full-swing.
The opportunity to school all three phases on Saturday before Sunday’s one-day schooling horse trial is an excellent chance for training of inexperienced horses or students. As part of Stable View’s efforts to be environmentally conscious and efficient, riders will be able to enter the schooling day on Saturday electronically upon arrival.
The cross country will be run over the new course with new divisions (Sprouts – 18” and Tadpole – 2’3”) and new jumps as an attempt to offer Aiken eventers the opportunity to participate in a non-Mark Phillips course. Sprout-Training horse trial divisions, Sprout-Advanced combined tests, and dressage tests of choice will be offered. Entries for these divisions are closed, with times to be made available on Thursday. Click here to view the entry form for future Academy Series events.
Mogie Bearden-Muller, the cross country course designer for the Eventing Academy Series, has laid a smooth course aimed to produce confidence-building, educational rounds particularly for green horses or riders. Likewise, Julie Zapapas’ show jumping course offers a very different environment to the traditionally technically demanding courses normally presented at Stable View.
With well over 100 riders participating between the two days for the inaugural running of this event, Stable View hopes that it will secure its place on the Aiken Calendar. There will be five more Eventing Academies as part of the 2018 Series: April 14-15, May 19-20, July 21-22, Aug. 11-12, Nov. 17-18, with a Dec. 8-9 Academy kicking off the 2019 season.
Another new initiative at Stable View is the Pavilion, which in terms of construction has proceeded to the second floor. Eventing Academy competitors will be able to view the progress at this show and throughout the rest of the Series, with the competitors’ banquet and award ceremony being held in the completed Pavilion during the December Eventing Academy weekend.
With offices, a kitchen, pub, observation deck and a third floor for scoring, streaming and commentating, this building will also accommodate weddings and function as a conference center. One side will overlook one of the outdoor arenas, and the other side overlooks the derby field on the cross country course.
Built for sponsors, VIPs and stable volunteers as “a gathering place,” the Pavilion is hoped to be ready for Oktoberfest, which will host all National Levels as well as CIC 1*, 2* and 3* levels.
For more information on all upcoming events at Stable View, please visit stableviewfarm.com.