Apr 12, 2019

Fair Hill Foundation Inc. Updates

By Fair Hill Foundation - Edited Press Release

Fair Hill Foundation leads an exciting public private partnership aimed at revitalizing and enhancing equestrian facilities at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area (NRMA). Planned facility improvements will produce a home for the 2020 CCI5* Event, and serve a broad base of existing user groups, among them the Eventing, Steeplechase and Turf Racing communities at Fair Hill.

Construction goals, slated to start later this spring, include a realigned, resurfaced and irrigated turf racecourse, competition rings with artificial footing, and a new Eventing CCI5* Cross Country Course.

Upgrades are concentrated within a 300-acre parcel of the over 5600-acre NRMA. The 300 acres comprise the Special Events Zone, and feature a historic turf course, shed row barns, and serve several large outdoor events each year.

Keep up to date on the project by visiting us at www.fairhillfoundation.org

Readying the CCI5* Event

Fair Hill International has a proud 30-year history of excellence in Eventing and is regarded as one of the top CCI4*-L (formerly CCI3*) competitions in the world. Fair Hill partners are underway to make the shift from CCI4*-L to CCI5*.


Ian Stark has been hired to design a new, world-class cross-country course using the Saw Mill field, timber and turf courses (the former long-format Roads & Tracks land). Stark expects the inaugural course to start and finish front of the grandstand, allowing spectators commanding views of obstacles without leaving their seats. During Stark’s March 2019 working trip to Fair Hill, he noted that he is impressed with the site's undulating, natural terrain, and that there are amazing options on the new site.

The CCI5* event is being produced by the CCI5* Organizing Committee and facilitated by Maryland Sports Commission (MSC). The 5* Committee is a collaboration between MSC, Fair Hill International, Maryland Horse Industry Board, Fair Hill Foundation and other state and local partners. MSC devotes itself to developing national and international sporting events in Maryland. To-date work includes the Army Navy Games (2011, 2014 & 2016) the World Football Challenge (2009), and more. Using the strengths of each partner, Fair Hill will help domestic and international Eventing reach new heights.

Some of the changes that are underway for the CCI5*:
The competition site will move from the current CCI4*-L location on Gallaher Road to the turf course area to utilize upgraded infrastructure.
Dressage and show jumping phases will take place in a new arena in front of the existing grandstand.
Additional overlaid temporary facilities will augment permanent upgrades.

In 2017, United States Equestrian Federation recommended the Fair Hill International partnership to host the next international CCI5* event. The USEF competitive bid process yielded the recommendation. The strength of Fair Hill’s bid was due to several factors, among them:

  • Accessibility within the I-95 corridor for domestic and international travelers,
  • location within the three largest media markets on the East Coast,
  • strength of partnerships, and
  • stellar history hosting one of the best international CCI4-L*s in the world.

Fair Hill International hosts many other events, clinics, and schooling opportunities throughout the year. These include 6 recognized and schooling horse trials, a sanctioned Endurance competition, a combined driving event, and up to 12 scheduled cross-country schoolings.

Please visit fairhillinternational.com for a complete listing of all events.

Aug 10, 2020 Competitions

Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill off to a Great Start with Test Event

This past weekend, the footing of the new arenas at the Fair Hill Special Event Zone saw its very first hoofprints as competitors in the CCI3*-S at Fair Hill International also participated in the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Test Event. The new Fair Hill Special Event Zone, which has been specially designed with the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill in mind, consists of three brand-new arenas on the infield of the recently upgraded iconic turf track and a new cross-country course designed by Ian Stark.

Aug 10, 2020 Education

How Strong is Your Novice Game?

How competitive have your Novice results been? What’s a good final score? What’s a good dressage score? What does it take to win? In our third installment of this series, EquiRatings showcases the Novice level. Use these graphs and statistics to help evaluate your Novice game.

Aug 10, 2020 Eventing News

Event Cancellations and Responses to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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).

Aug 09, 2020 Education

Conditioning the Event Horse at the Novice and Training Levels

Conditioning makes the horse fit and increases his endurance performance with less wear and tear on feet and legs. The idea is to work his heart and lungs in short intervals, let him recover a bit, then work him again. The following schedule for Training level horse provides an introduction for the horse and rider at the lower levels to the principle of interval training.

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