The 2017 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day gets underway today in Elkton, Md. with the first veterinary inspection. The event plays host to a CCI3*, CCI2* and the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championships. For many eventers this is the highlight of their fall season and hours of work went into the event – here’s what you need to know:
YEH Fast Facts
Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude competing in the 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*. USEA/Shelby Allen Photo.
CCI Fast Facts
Lots of ribbons on offer this week! USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.
Competition Schedule (Full schedule with special events available here)
Wednesday, October 11
1:00 p.m. CCI Horse Inspection
Thursday, October 12
8:00 a.m CCI Dressage
8:00 a.m. YEH Dressage
Friday, October 13
8:00 a.m. CCI Dressage
8:00 a.m. YEH Jumping Phases
Saturday, October 14
9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CCI2* Cross-Country
1:45 - 4:45 p.m. CCI3* Cross-Country
Sunday, October 15
8:00 a.m. CCI Horse Inspection (2* then 3*)
10:00 a.m. CCI2* Show Jumping, in reverse order of standing
11:30 a.m. CCI2* Awards
1:00 p.m. CCI3* Show Jumping
2:30 p.m. CCI3* Awards
About the USEA Young Event Horse Series
The USEA Young Event Horse Series (YEH) is best described as an eventing talent search. The goal is to identify young horses that possesses the talent and disposition that, with proper training, can excel in the uppermost levels of eventing. While the ultimate aim is to identify the future four-star horses, many fine event horses who will excel at the lower levels will also be showcased.
The Series gives owners and breeders the opportunity to showcase the potential of their four- and five-year-old horses while encouraging the breeding and development of top-level event horses for the future. Classes focus on education and preparation of the event horse in a correct and progressive manner. Youngsters are asked to complete three sections: Conformation/Type, Dressage, and Jumping Test/Gallop/General Impression. To view the jumping standards and specifications, go here.
We all work hard to get our horses shiny and clean for competition day, but it can sometimes take a bit of extra elbow grease to get those grey or white horses looking their best. Rachael Livermore, head groom for Sharon White at Last Frontier Farm, shares some of the tricks she uses to get Sharon's horses looking spick and span - and it starts with everyday care!
This is it! The weekend we've all been waiting for is finally here - the return to competition has arrived! After nearly three months of suspended competitions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the country and the world, riders are shining up their boots and preparing to trot down the centerline. While our "new normal" will certainly look different than things did before the pandemic, these new regulations are in place for all our safety.
The return to competition upon us! This week on the show Nicole Brown is joined by Sinead Halpin Maynard to talk about how you can make sure you and your horse are prepared to get back to competing.
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).