Stable View Farm hosted the inaugural FEI event last year in Aiken, South Carolina, and is hoping to add a second FEI date to the Aiken calendar starting next year. The venue has applied to host a CCI*, CIC2*-S, CIC3*-S and CIC4*-S on March 27-28, 2020.
The date has been approved at the area level and is now making its way through the remainder of the approval process. The FEI calendar is subject to the approval of the USEF Board of Directors and the FEI.
Barry Olliff, owner of Stable View, explained that the venue will no longer run National divisions at the March horse trials starting in 2020, but nearby Full Gallop Farm will instead fill that need on the calendar.
“We have been waiting for four years to get a date where we could run upper levels during what’s come to be known as the Aiken season. Aiken desperately needs a top class event in the spring to enable it to keep top class riders here, and also to provide a choice for riders from down south,” Barry told EN.
“As the Aiken calendar is very congested, we came to an agreement with Full Gallop whereby they would continue with their horse trials on the last Sunday of March, while we would pick up the Friday and Saturday of the same weekend.”
If approved, Barry said Stable View’s new spring FEI event will run in a similar manner to the venue’s popular Oktoberfest horse trials.
“We believe that there will be demand between Pine Top and Carolina International for an event of this caliber,” he added.
Changes to Stable View’s March 2019 Event
Stable View will unveil the venue’s new Modified cross country course next month at the one-day spring horse trials on Tuesday, March 19.
Capt. Mark Phillips is course designer for the Intermediate and Preliminary courses, with Mogie Bearden-Muller designing the Modified to Beginner Novice courses. All courses will use a new track that includes part of the former course as well as the courses used for the Stable View Eventing Academy, both of which are drained and irrigated.
The venue’s fourth arena, which features state-of-the-art Attwood Equestrian Surfaces footing, will also be in use, along with the new Stable View Pavilion.
A total of $20,000 in prize money will be awarded across all levels from Intermediate to Beginner Novice. Click here to view the prize money breakdown. Entries are limited to 40 per division with a maximum of 200 horses.
In terms of scheduling, Stable View confirmed early ride times will be accommodated for competitors who are then traveling on to compete at the Carolina International Three-Day Event on March 20-24.
Click here to view the omnibus for Stable View’s Spring Horse Trials. Entries close Feb. 26.