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66 CCI2* horses and 41 CCI3* listed on the draw order for the first horse inspection, one was not passed and three were withdrawn prior to the inspection.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!
When the overnight leader cantered into the show jumping arena at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International and had the first rail down, Erin Sylvester knew that she had just clinched the CCI4*-L win. It isn’t just another CCI4*-L win though – it is a truly historic one as she and Paddy The Caddy, Frank McEntee’s 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Azamore x Slamy), will be the final names inscribed on the Fair Hill trophy.
All horses who presented this morning at the final horse inspection at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event were accepted, but one notable horse wasn’t presented. D.A. Duras, Jacqueline Mars and Debbie Adam’s 11-year-old KWPN gelding (Numero Uno x Medoc) was withdrawn by Lauren Kieffer before the horse inspection. The pair were sitting in third place in the CCI4*-L so their withdrawal moves up the majority of the division.
The scoreboard was kept working at full tilt on cross-country today at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International as 24 of the 41 CCI4*-L starters picked up some sort of jump penalty on Derek di Grazia’s course. The leader position changed several times throughout the afternoon as 15 penalties were handed out by the ground jury, but Waylon Roberts and Lancaster kept their slate clean to take over the top spot.