Early Insights: Previewing Stable View’s Marquee Oktoberfest Event

Dom Schramm and Bolytair B. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Each early fall, Stable View eagerly hosts its popular “Oktoberfest” event, a staple on the calendar that caters to riders from Beginner Novice up through CCI4*-S. This year, there’s loads on tap for riders and spectators alike to experience! Stable View Oktoberfest is scheduled for September 23-25 in Aiken, SC. You can grab a preview of entries here.

Tailgate on the Turf Returns

Following an enthusiastic turnout last spring, Stable View is once again devoting areas at the perimeter of the Pavilion for spectators to follow all of the action by tailgate on Saturday, September 24th during Oktoberfest. With the comfort and convenience of your own dedicated viewing spot, you can gather with family & friends and cheer riders on, all while picnic’ing course-side.

Choose from one of 50 tailgate locations (map below: 1-43 between dressage and cross country, and 44-50 in front of the Pavilion)

• Order a picnic lunch box (vegetarian or non-vegetarian, menus available soon) or BYO food & beverage

• Enjoy access to Pavilion amenities and Ollie’s Inn Pub

• Mimosa mixers and Stable View swag included

• Arrive as early as 8am, 4* cross country in the afternoon

And introducing … Pavilion Patron passes!

Watch top level riders from the Pavilion’s 360-degree-view balcony in a dedicated high top chair throughout the weekend, overlooking dressage and cross country. On Saturday, Pavilion Patrons also receive a split of Prosecco for mimosas, a Stable View shatterproof cup, and a Stable View ball cap. A charcuterie board will be set up for Patrons inside the Pavilion. Pavilion Patron tickets are $100 per chair (seating is limited). To purchase Tailgate or Pavilion Patron tickets: e-mail [email protected] or call (917) 592-6058.

The Pub will open with a cash bar on Saturday and Sunday from 11am until the last ride, 4pm’ish, and light bites/refreshments will also be sponsored by VTO Saddlery at their tent on Saturday.

Sunday will be FITS Riding Day. The Aiken-based apparel brand will be looking for riders wearing FITS! Participate in a short video to receive a store voucher. FITS is also a major sponsor of prize money for Training level through Advanced.


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Prizes on Tap

Throughout the weekend, trot your horse past the Purvida Healthy Horse trailer near Day Parking to show off your grooming skills for a chance to be awarded “Best Groomed.” Daily prizes include all-natural grooming products.

In addition to a booth of gifts galore and custom embroidery samples, The Mane Monogram will be awarding the competitor traveling the furthest to Oktoberfest! Please email Stable View at [email protected] to let them know how far you’re traveling for this event.

Engineered Equine Performance, Aiken’s premier sports conditioning facility will award each the Trainer AND the Competitor with the most horses with an equine Saltwater Treadmill and Combi-Floor package session valued at $80.

Give your horse(s) some TLC after a long haul, or post-ride during the weekend with help from Capall Pulse Therapy, set up on Vendor Row. FEI compliant BEMER/PEMF sessions are available, and try out the PEMF chair for riders! To make an appointment on-site call or text 352-443-2316.

Rider Lounges will be stocked with water, tea, coffee, fruit, yogurt, and dry snacks. Don’t forget to join the Stable View crew for their signature Graze & Gaze on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from 5pm until 7pm downstairs in the Pavilion.

Also new this year: Need night check assistance while at Oktoberfest? Two young adult riders have launched AMPOM Peace of Mind Horse Care, a licensed and insured service to make sure your horse is safely tucked in at night, helping to minimize colic, dehydration, and casting. $10 for a 2x wellness check and waters (10pm and 2am), $12 to drop provided feed between 5:30am and 6:30am (for those who have early rides or distant commutes!). Cash, check, or Venmo accepted. Contact co-founder Mackenzie VanEffen at 404-268-9866 or [email protected].


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Stable View would like to thank all Owners, Riders, Officials, and Guests for their ongoing support and in many cases, advice. This facility has been developed by the Community, for the Community. Therefore, as Stable View grows, it is increasingly serving many people in the area — equestrians and non-equestrians alike.

We look forward to a great Oktoberfest!