Aiken’s first Advanced Level horse trials will be at Stable View this Saturday, October 1st. The Oktoberfest event starts off with Advanced dressage from 7:30am to 12:30pm, stadium from 1pm to 2:45pm and cross country from 1:20pm to 3:05pm. Individual competitors’ ride times are up at http://stableviewfarm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/RideTimes.pdf.
Thus far, there are 35 entries in the Advanced level. Entrants include Allison Springer (and Arthur!), Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin, Leslie Law, Emile Beshear, Clayton Fredericks, Kyle Carter, Werner Geven, and Doug Payne – to name but a few of the sport’s superstars. Advanced riders will vie for $60,000 in prize money; $55,000 of which will be awarded to the top four finishers.
There are 210 total rides scheduled for the two-day event which spans the levels from Beginner Novice through Advanced. Preliminary level competitors will ride on Saturday after the Advanced riders, while the rest of the divisions run on Sunday. The top four finishers in the Preliminary through Beginner Novice levels will compete for $15,000.
Saturday morning, Captain Mark Phillips, the former Chef d’equipe of the United States Eventing Team, and Boyd Martin, recent Rio Olympian, will be hosting cross country course walks before the Advanced competitors set off for their runs. Captain Phillips will leave the start box at 9:30am and Mr. Martin will depart at 10:30am. Stadium course walks led by leading industry course designer Richard Jeffery will be held throughout the morning from 9am to noon in the outdoor Stadium Arena. Spectators should register at the Stadium Arena in-gate 15 minutes prior to the cross-country and stadium course walks. A $10 donation to the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons is encouraged.
Additional events on the Oktoberfest schedule include the Aiken Horse Power Fall Meet where members of the Aiken Horsepower Association will show off their unique and antique cars from 9am until 4pm. A Giant Jenga competition will be held from 10am until 4pm to test the mental and physical dexterity of competitors as they place wooden blocks on a progressively taller but less stable tower. At noon, a ribbon cutting ceremony at XC Fence #20 will officially welcome the Advanced course to Aiken, followed by complimentary happy hours hosted by Carolina Moon Distillery and River Rat Brewery from 3pm to 5pm. Throughout the day, visitors can shop at The Vendor Village which will be set up and ready for business at 9am. Check out the website for more here.