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66 CCI2* horses and 41 CCI3* listed on the draw order for the first horse inspection, one was not passed and three were withdrawn prior to the inspection.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!
Following the popularity of Rules Open Forum held virtually during the 2020 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in December, the USEA Competitions, Calendar, and Rules Committee decided to host another Rules Webinar to share information about the extraordinary rule changes going into effect on April 1, 2021 and the rule change proposals being put forward to the USEF by March 1, 2021 for approval for the 2022 competition season.
Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.
Chris Ryan’s initial assessment of this 3-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding is that he’s a “good quality sort. Brown is a great color – a strong color in ‘nature.’ One of the first questions I ask myself when evaluating a horse is if he has refinement. We know the breed type here is Thoroughbred but I still ask the question."
The USEA Event Companion App was launched in late 2016 for iOS and Android devices to provide USEA members with easy, at-your-fingertips access to the USEA calendar of events, dressage tests, rules, news, and more. The app, now in its fifth year, has rolled out a new feature for users - push notifications are here!