All eyes are on Aiken, South Carolina this weekend for Stable View’s fourth annual Oktoberfest, September 24-26, 2021. With $60,000 in prize money up for grabs for the FEI International 2*, 3* and 4* divisions plus prizes for all National divisions, competitors will be in it to win it at this top-tier venue that never fails to go all out for its guests.
A few reasons why we’re looking forward to this year’s incarnation of Oktoberfest, and why we’re just huge fans of Stable View in general!
- Bigger and better than ever. Oktoberfest received 400 entries including 110 for its FEI divisions, which are stacked to the roof with big names including previous Stable View 4*-S winners Liz Halliday-Sharp, who’ll come forward with Cooley Quicksilver, and Phillip Dutton, who’ll be riding Fernhill Singapore and Sea of Clouds.
- A truly unique experience. Stable View has tried to develop a program that’s different, uses technology and enables the venue to stand out in an increasingly competence marketplace. Its team is always thinking outside the box for ways to further Oktoberfest reputation as the East Coast’s premier fall FEI CCI4*-S event, and that attention extends to the high quality of experience for competitors of all levels.
- First-class hospitality. Rider lounges offers breakfast to competitors and grooms and coffee/tea and snacks throughout the day. Each evening a complimentary “Graze and Gaze” features wine, beer, soda and a charcuterie board.
- A commitment to affordability. Pricing at all events at Stable View is at the lower end of what would be a market rate, and the venue doesn’t charge entrance or grounds fees. Future advances, including the introduction of entries via Compete Easy, will lead to even lower costs and entry fees. For spectators, admission and parking are free, as is access to programs and entry to the Pavillion.
- Top-notch courses. The same team of course designers — Mark Phillips, Mogie Bearden Muller, Eric Bull, Chris Barnard and Molly Bull — have been working at Stable View for many years, some from its inception. This consistency is very powerful in what’s an ever changing sport. Each course is different from its previous incarnation, as the jumps are put away after each event.
- First-class footing. All the cross country courses are irrigated, and dressage and show jumping take place on Attwood Equestrian Surfaces footing. Riding in the arenas, it truly feels like you’re floating on air.
- The people. Stable View’s owners live on property — they are, truly, “invested.” Their proximity and involvement supports a quick decision taking process and is evident in their accountability and consistently high standards. Their team of permanent employees mean that the venue’s amenities are maintained to that standard year-round. Between its accomodations and Stalls with Paddocks program, it’s no wonder Stable View has become a way-station for many riders as they travel up and down the coast.
- The latest technology. From electronic programs that go above and beyond with enhanced information and links, to its future introduction of entries via Compete Easy which will lead to even lower costs and entry fees, Stable View is always on the cutting edge.
- Serious about safety. Approximately 50% of the cross country jumps are either new or have [MIM] frangible Technology — the venue has been at the leading edge regarding support for and the use of this technology.
- An eye to the future. Stable View has lots up its sleeve for the future, including a Loyalty Program, continued improvement to its Eventing Academy program, a new area within the cross country course that will allow for Long Format events, and the announcement of some good additional high profile dates in 2023.
For more information on Stable View and to view its full calendar of event, visit the website here!