Season Ready to Heat Up at Stable View Aiken Opener

The latest arena coming along swiftly by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces and G.L. Williams & Daughter.

If the idea of getting up at o’dark-thirty in January for an early ride time doesn’t make you want to jump right out of bed, Stable View is offering some warm incentives this weekend: coffee, hot chocolate and hand-warmers.

From Stable View: “We hope to help competitors thaw out at sunrise with hand warmers available at both entrances (Gate 2 for day parking and Gate 3 for overnight parking), and a complimentary warm beverage table managed by our friend Ronnie (of tasty ribs fame). The help-yourself coffee and hot cocoa display will be stocked from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. near Ronnie’s food truck. Throughout the day, both Rider Lounges will feature a light breakfast (fruit, yogurt, cereal bars), assorted snacks, and beverages.”

Just another example of the first-rate hospitality that riders look forward to at Stable View, which kicks off 2022 with its first recognized event of the year: the Stable View Aiken Opener (Jan. 22-23). Organizers will be monitoring the weather — they will announce updates should anticipated precipitation and freezing temps compromise safe footing — so fingers crossed!


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The event features Beginner Novice through Prelim divisions. From the looks of the sprawling 358-horse entry list, lots of folks are getting an early start on the season. Several riders have multiple rides: the busiest rider of the day is Arden Wildasin, who has six entries, while Emily Beshear, Courtney Cooper, Boyd Martin and Ryan Wood have five apiece. Hope Stable View is brewing a lot of coffee!

A few notes for competitors:

  • To keep everyone safe, please help us by complying with a temperature check upon arrival. Masks and hand sanitizer are available at Gates 2 & 3.
  • The Cross Country Course will be open for walks at 3pm on Friday. Riders may also collect their packets at that time.
  • Our NEWEST arena will be ready for Stadium Warm Up! The entrance is at the end of the Cross Country Warm Up field.
  • The entrance to Stadium will only be via the Causeway.
  • It will be chilly! Stable View will be doing all it can to keep you warm … there will be a fleet of buggies on site that can be rented through @thegolfcartlady.
  • Event photography will be provided by GRC Photo.

Learn more about Stable View and view its complete calendar of events here.