It was a blustery afternoon on the first day of competition at the 2018 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event in Elkton, Maryland. Of the 66 CCI2* horses and 41 CCI3* listed on the draw order for the first horse inspection, one was not passed and three were withdrawn prior to the inspection.
The CCI2* competitors trotted up in front of the ground jury of Gretchen Butts (USA) and Peter Gray (CAN) and all were accepted. In the CCI3*, Mark Weissbecker (USA), Angela Tucker (GBR), and David Lee (IRL) accepted all pairs except for Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy, who were sent to the hold box and not passed upon reinspection.
There were also three withdrawals prior to the first horse inspection: Business Ben, ridden by Allison Springer, and Military Mind, ridden by Whitney Maloch in the CCI3* and Cambalda, ridden by Alexa Lapp in the CCI2*. In total, 65 horses will move forward in the CCI2* and 38 will trot down centerline in the CCI3*.
Dressage competition for the CCI divisions will begin tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. in addition to the dressage and conformation phases for the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships, which are running concurrently with the Fair Hill International Three-Day Event.
While you’re waiting for the competition to start, check out the Fast Facts for both Fair Hill International and the Young Event Horse Championships and check out the photo gallery from this afternoon’s first horse inspection!
The spring eventing season in the Midwest is always a toss-up due to unpredictable weather. Will it rain, will it be sunny, or will it be a snowstorm? No one knows! Mid-America Combined Training Association’s (MACTA) first cross-country schooling of the season was cancelled in March due to extremely muddy footing conditions and by the time our April dates came around, COVID-19 was in full force and we were unable to host our cross-country schooling and schooling show.
The FEI has published its Policy for Enhanced Competition Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, aimed at assisting organizers and national federations with the safe resumption of international equestrian events in line with national and local restrictions.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) has approved additional modifications to the qualification period for the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The AEC is scheduled to take place August 25-30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and the USEA is doing everything possible to ensure a safe and successful Championship, while also ensuring fair opportunities for all.
This article will be updated to include statements as they are released from upcoming USEA recognized events regarding actions they are taking due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).