The Stable View Oktoberfest CCI and Horse Trials is in its fifth year, having run in Aiken, South Carolina on the last weekend in September since 2016. Stable View will offer one of seven CCI4*-S events on the calendar in 2020, in addition to offering a CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S, and Beginner Novice through Intermediate horse trials divisions, this weekend on September 24-27. Learn more about the Stable View Horse Trials in their Events A-Z.
Stable View has a whopping 380 entries this weekend, up from 319 in 2019 and 303 in 2018. Open Training is the largest of all the divisions offered this weekend with 68 entries. Together with the 64 entries in the Training Rider division, Training level competitors make up nearly 35 percent of the event's total entries.
This is the third year that FEI divisions will be offered at the Stable View Oktoberfest Horse Trials. The CCI4*-S will see 45 pairs, up from 22 in 2019 and 21 in 2018. There are just 34 entries in the CCI3*-S - last year there were 50 in the same division. The CCI2*-S pulled 39 entries this year, down from 54 entries last year.
Kristine Norton's I'm Sew Ready (Lupicor x Jarda), a 16-year-old KWPN gelding, won the CIC3* (now CCI4*-S) division with Phillip Dutton in 2018 and is back this year with his current rider, Morgan Batton, competing in the Open Preliminary division. Two weeks ago they won the Modified division at the Blue Ridge Mountain Horse Trials at TIEC, their first event as a pair.
Dutton also won the CCI4*-S in 2019, this time aboard Z (Asca x Bellabouche), Tom Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Annie Jones, and Caroline Moran's 12-year-old Zangersheide gelding. However, Dutton is not on the entry list this year, so it won't be a three-peat performance for Dutton at Stable View.
Cash, The Phoenix Syndicate's 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, competed in both the 2018 and 2019 CCI4*-S at Stable View with Nilson Moreira da Silva and is back this year in the CCI2*-S with Laura VanderVliet.
Fernhill Fortitude (Courage II x Misty Matilda), a 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, is another two-time competitor in the CCI4*-S at Stable View with Jenny Caras in the tack. He's back this year for a third time with his new owner and rider, Rebecca Brown.
Leslie Law and Voltaire de Tre' (Gentleman IV x Jasmina Du Fresne), Tre' Book's 11-year-old Selle Francais gelding, have improved their performance in this division every time out, placing 14th in the CIC3* in 2018 and 10th in the CCI4*-S in 2019. Can they improve their final placing again this year? They were third and second in their last two outings at this level - the Ocala Jockey Club CCI4*-S in November of 2019 and the Red Hills International CCI4*-S in March of 2020.
Sydney Elliott has had strong performances at this event in the past, placing sixth with Carol Stephens's 14-year-old Westphalian gelding Cisko A (Cayetano L x Rhiannon M) in 2018 and third with Carol Stephens's 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding QC Diamantaire (Diardo x Lantana) in 2019. She's back with QC Diamantaire this year - with three top-10 finishes at the CCI4* level for this pair last year, how will they finish this year?
Another eight horse-and-rider combinations that competed in the CCI4*-S in 2019 are back for another shot in 2020: Will Faudree and Caeleste (4th), Hallie Coon and Celien (7th), Walyon Roberts and Lancaster (8th), Jacob Fletcher and Van Gough (12th), Clayton Fredericks and FE Always in Time (11th) and FE Stormtrooper (16th), Nilson Moreira da Silva and Rock Phantom (14th) and Magnum's Martini (18th).
Joe Meyer and Johnny Royale (His Royal Highness x Chivaney), the Team Johnny Syndicate's 12-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred, were 15th in the CIC3* in 2018 but skipped the CCI4*-S in 2019.
Moreira da Silva and Doug Payne have the most entries this year with three apiece. Moreira da Silva is riding Rock Phantom, Magnum's Martini, and Lady Colina, and Payne is entered with Quantum Leap, Vandiver, and Starr Witness.
Vandiver and Payne are coming off a win in the Advanced division at the Blue Ridge Mountain Horse Trials at TIEC, while Fredericks and FE Stormtrooper are also recent winners in the Advanced at Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials. Will either of them pull out a second win in a row?
Seven horses in the field are new to the CCI4*-S level: Direct Advance, ridden by Zachary Brandt; Classic's Mojah, ridden by Megan Sykes; Daytona Beach 8, ridden by Cornelia Dorr; Zick Zack, ridden by Elinor MacPhail O'Neal; 5o1 Mischief Managed, ridden by Jacob Fletcher; Starr Witness, ridden by Doug Payne; and Fire Fly, ridden by Ashley Johnson.
Sara Mittleider traveled the furthest to compete with her own and the La Paz Group's 10-year-old Hungarian Sport Horse gelding La Paz (Otangleo x Dos Opera) - from her home base at Rocky Hollow Farm in Kuna, Idaho.
The United States, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Ecuador, and New Zealand are all represented by riders competing in the CCI4*-S.
Andy Bowles (NLZ) will be heading up the Technical Delegate team for the CCI levels, assisted by Amelia Pantaze (USA), who is also the Technical Delegate for the national levels.
Peter Gray (CAN) and Mark Weissbecker (USA) are the ground jury for the CCI4*-S, while Valerie Vizcarrondo (USA) and Sue Smithson (USA) will serve as the ground jury for the CCI3*-S and Helen Brettell (GBR) and Cindy Deporter (USA) are the ground jury for the CCI2*-S.
Course design for the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, and CCI2*-S was undertaken by Captain Mark Phillips (GBR) assisted by Mogie Bearden-Muller, who was also in charge of designing the Preliminary, Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice tracks.
Chris Barnard will design the show jumping tracks.
Stable View will be observing the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan guidelines and procedures - all attendees are asked to wear a mask at all times.
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