It’s fall y’all, and that means all eyes are on Aiken, South Carolina this weekend for Stable View’s sixth annual Oktoberfest, September 27-29, 2019. The bottom line: there’s over 300 entries vying for $80,000 in prize money, so the stage is set for an exciting competition.
EN will be on site to bring you all the latest, but in the meantime, bookmark this page for everything you need to know about Oktoberfest.
Friday, September 27: Dressage will run all day Friday, with all FEI divisions beginning at 8 a.m. The CCI2*-S will be in the main hunter ring, and the CCI3*-S and CCI4*-S will perform their tests in the outdoor stadium arena.
Saturday, September 28: The International competitors move on to show jumping in the outdoor stadium arena. The two-star will go first at 8 a.m. followed by the three- and four-star divisions. Cross country is then set to kick off at 9:30 a.m. with divisions running in the same order.
Sunday, September 29: All national levels — Novice, Training and Preliminary — will run as a one-day on Sunday. Preliminary will lead the way with dressage at 7:30 a.m., show jumping at 9:30 a.m., and cross country at 9:50 a.m. with the Training and Novice divisions following after.
Spectator admission is free! Click here for the official Oktoberfest program which includes course maps and more information about competitors.
Course Walk: Take a tour around the CCI4*-S cross country course at 4 p.m. on Friday. Please note this walk is benefitting the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons and a $10 cash donation is required. Because of Boyd Martin’s recent injuries, he will be unable to lead the course walk, but a replacement will be announced soon. Check this space.
Entertainment: You’ll want to give this year’s signature drink, the “Horse Treat” a try at Ollie’s Inn in the downstairs pavilion starting Friday at 4 p.m. Then you can head upstairs for Karaoke with Clayton Fredericks in the upstairs pavilion from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m on Friday.
Saturday night welcomes the Attwood Equestrian Surfaces Competitor Party, which fill follow the three- and four-star awards ceremony. On Saturday you’ll also want to keep an eye out for the Aiken Horse Power Car Show, a kids corral, and a few alcohol tastings.
Vendor Village will be open Friday-Sunday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m, located between the indoor arena and Barn W.
Vendors include: FITS, Blanchard-John Deere, Oak Manor Saddlery, R&L Vending, FATZ Cafe, Pelican’s Snowballs, Aiken County Pony Club, The Hitch and Tow, F.O.T.A.S., Cricket Golf Carts, Vintage MO, Pedego, I Love My Horse, VTO Saddlery, Sierra Nevada Brewery, Mimi Durand Caroe Inman, KD Soapworks, Bath Planet, and Aiken Custom Signs.