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:
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.
We've been riding the "corona-coaster" for several weeks now, but with the hopeful return to competition on the horizon, Nicole Brown checks in with USEA CEO Rob Burk, USEA President Max Corcoran, and Chair of the FEI Eventing Committee David O'Connor for an update on what things will look like as we get back to business.
Like most professionals, I tend to do gridwork for most of the winter, before transitioning to coursework through the competition season. I find this exercise to be a good middle ground exercise as you have a little bit of a gymnastic combined with two easy bending exercises to set you up well for doing courses.
In 1993, Stephen Bradley had something to prove. It was the year after the Barcelona Olympic Games where Bradley had two unexpected refusals at the water complex. “It was very disappointing and a huge learning curve for me,” said Bradley. Little did he know, his path to redemption would result in winning the Burghley Horse Trials CCI4* (now CCI5*-L) – a victory so great that only two Americans have achieved: Bruce Davidson Sr. in 1974 and Bradley in 1993.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has approved additional modifications to the USEF Rules For Eventing in accordance with a resolution approved by the Board of Directors to address issues related to the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The full listing of rule modifications related to COVID-19 impacts can be viewed by clicking here.