Oct 17, 2018

Fast Facts: 2018 Fair Hill International

By Leslie Mintz - USEA Staff , Jessica Duffy
Selena O'Hanlon and Foxwood High, winners of the 2017 Fair Hill International CCI3*. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

The 2018 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event marks the event’s 30thanniversary and kicks off this afternoon in Elkton, Maryland with the first horse inspection at 1:00 p.m. The CCI2* and CCI3* at Fair Hill are the highlight of the fall season for many riders and also serve as the USEF National Championships for the two- and three-star level.

  • A total of 41 horses are entered in the CCI3*, three more than last year and the biggest CCI3* so far in 2018. There are 66 horses entered in the CCI2*, also three more than last year.
  • No rider who has won the CCI3* in the last six years is entered this year – on any horse. You have to go back to 2011 when Boyd Martin won aboard Yin Yang Yo to find a chance for a repeat winner. Martin has two entries in the CCI3* this year: Long Island T and Ray Price.
  • Four other riders also have two mounts apiece in the CCI3*: Buck Davidson with Archie Rocks and Erroll Gobey, Lauren Kieffer with Landmark’s Monte Carlo and Vermiculus, Caroline Martin with Danger Mouse and The Apprentice, Jessica Phoenix with Pavarotti and Bogue Sound.
  • The 2014 CCI3* winner Cambalda, owned by Tim and Nina Gardner, is back this year in the CCI2* with Alexa Lapp in the tack.
  • Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy are the only pair from last year’s CCI3* top 10 returning this year. Can they beat their 5th place finish?
  • Three competitors in the Fair Hill CCI3* clinched CCI3* wins earlier this year: Chatwin, winner of the Rebecca Farm CCI3* with Frankie Thieriot Stutes, Long Island T, winner of the Jersey Fresh International CCI3* with Boyd Martin, and Fernhill Fortitude with Jenny Caras, winner of the Bromont CCI3*.
  • This will be Jenny Caras' Fernhill Fortitude’s fifth year in a row competing at the Fair Hill International Three-Day Event (CCI2* in 2014 and 2015; CCI3* in 2016 and 2017). His best finish was in 2016, where he finished sixth. Sara Gumbiner's Polaris is also returning to Fair Hill International for the fifth time, also competing in the CCI2* in 2014 and 2015 and the CCI3* in 2016 and 2017.
  • Eight horses will be making their first attempt at the CCI3* level: Corvett, Creative Dreamer, Galloway Sunrise, Jakobi, Clifford M, Cooley Cruise Control, Confidence Game, and MW Gangster’s Game. Both Confidence Game and MW Gangster’s Game are only eight years old, the youngest horses in the field.
  • CCI3* cross-country will be streaming live this year on USEF Network.
  • Riders will be competing for $50,000 in prize money: $35,000 in the CCI3* and $15,000 in the CCI2*.
  • The President of the Ground Jury for the CCI3* is Mark Weissbecker (USA), serving with ground jury members Angela Tucker (GBR) and David Lee (IRL). Gretchen Butts (USA) is President of the Ground Jury for the CCI2* working with ground jury member Peter Gray (CAN).
  • The CCI2* and CCI3* courses are once again designed by Derek di Grazia. Show jumping will be designed by Marc Donovan this year.
  • Fair Hill is one of just five CCI3*s in the United States and in 2020 will become the seventh CCI4* in the world.

Competition Schedule

Wednesday

  • 1:00 p.m. – First Horse Inspection (CCI2*, CCI3*)

Thursday

  • 8:00 a.m. – Dressage

Friday

  • 8:00 a.m. – Dressage

Saturday

  • 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Cross-Country (CCI2*)
  • 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Cross-Country (CCI3*)

Sunday

  • 8:00 a.m. – Final Horse Inspection (CCI2*, CCI3*)
  • 10:00 a.m. – Show Jumping (CCI2*)
  • 11:30 a.m. – Awards (CCI2*)
  • 1:00 p.m. – Show Jumping (CCI3*)
  • 2:30 p.m. – Awards (CCI3*)

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