Three-day eventing is the triathlon of equestrian sports. It not only tests the physical capabilities of both horse and rider, it also tests the entire horse/rider relationship. It has three areas of competition:
- DRESSAGE: Tests the connection between rider and horse. This is a pas de deux where two athletes who don’t speak the same language must create a single, integrated dance.
- CROSS COUNTRY: Tests the trust between horse and rider. In three-day eventing only the rider has seen the course. The trust between these two athletes is what allows them to gallop full speed bravely together over challenging obstacles.
- Cross country comes from the days of the cavalry. Galloping fast across all terrain and any obstacles in the path was essential to get information from the front lines of battle to the generals.
- In a CCI 3* and 5* Cross Country event, speed is 570 meters/minute, which translates to more than 21 miles per hour and fences are 3’11” high, over 6 feet wide, and allow a 6’6” drop.
- STADIUM JUMPING: Tests the focus of the horse and rider pair. Having run cross country the day before, this pair of athletes must continue to demonstrate power and precision to navigate the stadium course without knocking down any rails within the allotted time.
- CCI3* and 5* stadium fences are 4’1” high.
Men and women compete EQUALLY in equestrian sports. It is not unusual to have an Olympic team with both male and female members sharing the podium.
A five-star event is the pinnacle of the sport of eventing. A five-star event is a more advanced dressage test and higher fences for cross country and stadium jumping. There are only six five-star events in the world and currently just one in the United States – Rolex Kentucky, that takes place every April.
Fair Hill International is supported in its quest for the five-star event by
- Fair Hill Foundation
- Maryland Horse Industry Board MD Horse Industry Stats
- Maryland Sports Commission website
- Maryland Stadium Authority website
- Cecil County Government website
- Maryland Department of Natural Resources website
Other supporters include
- Fair Hill Training Center website
- Maryland Department of Agriculture website
- Maryland Department of Commerce website
- Cecil County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly
- Maryland Horse Council website
- National Steeplechase Association website
- Cecil County Fair website
- Fair Hill Races website
- Maryland Tourism Coalition website
- Delaware Tourism website
This broad support among various horse organizations can only lead to success.
While Fair Hill hosts many equestrian events each year, improvements are needed and are scheduled to be under way to make the location even better for a five-star event. Those improvements include:
- Irrigated turf racecourse and cross country course.
- Rings and graded grass field in the infield.
- Grandstand overlooking the turf track and rings.
- Tunnels under Rt. 273
Improvements to the Fair Hill turf racecourse will also allow for enhanced turf racing and training opportunities for steeplechase and point-to-point horses, as well as the world class flat racehorses stabled across the street. The enhancements also support other events at Fair Hill, such as the Cecil County Fair, the Scottish Games, and more.
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Todd C. Gralla - Principal & Director of Equestrian Services, POPULOUS
Ross Peddicord - Executive Director, Maryland Horse Industry Board
Terry Hasseltine, CSEE - Executive Director, Maryland Sports / VP of Marketing & Communications, MSA
Ashley Harper Cottrell, CSEE - Project Manager, Maryland Sports / Creative & Web Master, MSA
Trish Gilbert - Co-President, Fair Hill International; FEI Steward
Emily Wilson - Acting Assistant Secretary, (MD) Department of Natural Resources