Apr 19, 2019

Fast Facts: 2019 Fair Hill CCI-S

By Leslie Mintz - USEA Staff
Matt Flynn and Get Lucky, winners of the 2018 Fair Hill CIC3*. Amy Dragoo Photo.

The Fair Hill International April Horse Trials and CCI-S in Elkton, Md. gets underway today with the final CCI4*-S of April. Fair Hill hosts four events a year – beginning with this CCI-S event and ending the year with the CCI-L event in October. They also host national horse trials in May and August. Learn more about the event in the Fair Hill Events A-Z.

  • There are 21 pairs entered in the CCI4*-S with another 16 pairs in the Advanced.
  • Four countries are being represented in the CCI4*-S with competitors from the U.S., Ireland, Switzerland, and Zimbabwe.
  • Alexa Lapp is making her CCI4*-S debut with Nina Gardner’s Cambalda, a 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Balda Beau x Cathys Lady). As is Alexandra Tett who rides her own 11-year-old KWPN gelding, Hawk’s Cay (Washington x Terra).
  • Ray Price is the only returning CCI4*-S horse – he finished fourth last year with Boyd Martin. The 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Raise A Stanza x Fair Fiona W) is entered in his first five-star next weekend at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Martin is also riding two other horses in the CCI4*-S: Contestor, Denise Lahey’s 12-year-old KWPN gelding (Contango x Jer’s Princess), who is making his first CCI4*-S start, and On Cue, Christine Turner’s 13-year-old AES mare (Cabri D’Elle x On High).
  • Besides Martin, every other CCI4*-S rider only has one mount entered.
  • Three horses are tackling their first Advanced including:
    • Big Berry, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, owned by Susan Gartenberg and ridden by Matthew Brown
    • Sea of Clouds, an 8-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, (Malibu Moon x Winner’s Trick) owned by Herringswell Stables and ridden by Phillip Dutton.
    • Irish Turn, a 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, owned and ridden by Hillary Moses.
  • Bridgette Miller is competing in her first Advanced aboard Tsunami III, Sarah Cousins’ 20-year-old Thoroughbred mare (Roanoke x Tsu Tsu Slew). Tsunami competed in her last Advanced with Cousins at this same event in 2018.
  • Marilyn Payne is President of the Ground Jury and will be assisted by Helen Brettell and Janice Conlon.
  • The CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, Advanced, and Intermediate cross-country courses were designed by Derek di Grazia, while Nina Fout designed the CCI2*-S, Preliminary, and Training.
  • Chris Barnard will design all of the show jumping courses.
  • $2,500 in prize money is being given in the CCI4*-S.
  • Got stuff to sell or want to do a little shopping? Fair Hill is hosting a Bizarre Bazaar on April 20th.

Fair Hill Competition Schedule

Friday, April 19
Dressage – CCI4-S, CCI3-S, CCI2-S, Advanced, Intermediate, Preliminary

Saturday, April 20
Show Jumping – CCI4-S, CCI3-S, CCI2-S, Advanced, Intermediate, Preliminary
Cross-Country – CCI4-S, CCI3-S, CCI2-S, Advanced, Intermediate, Preliminary
Dressage – Training

Sunday, April 21
Show Jumping – Training
Cross-Country – Training

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