The Fair Hill International April H.T. and CCI-S is back from April 9-11, 2021 after a year’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 shut down last year and with the calendar roll, it is two weeks before the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day event – making it an ideal prep. The venue in Elkton, Maryland is hosting four USEA recognized events this year including the inaugural Maryland 5 Star this October.
Fair Hill first added a CIC3* (now CCI4*-S) to their spring international event in 2011 and the level debuted with six entries. The biggest year was in 2015 with 24 entries when Matthew Brown and Super Socks BCF took the win. The pair is back this year in the Advanced division.
In 2019 Fair Hill saw 20 starters in the CCI4*-S with Boyd Martin and On Cue winning. This year the pair are entered in the Advanced Combined Test so won’t be able to defend their title.
Not a single pair made the time in 2019 over Derek di Grazia’s cross-country course and the fastest finishes still added 12.4 time penalties to their score if that is any indication of how the 2020 course will run.
There are no horses making their CCI4*-S debut in the field, but two are making their first attempt at Advanced: Bronte Beach Z and Herculon.
Bendigo, Delux Z, Favian, FE Lifestyle, Fernhill Singapore, Honor Me, LCC Barnaby, Steady Eddie, Stella Artois, Unmarked Bills, and Z are all using the Advanced division as their final prep run before the Kentucky CCI5*-L. Galloway Sunrise, Honor Me, and MW Gangster’s Game are using the CCI4*-S to prep for the five-star.
Phillip Dutton is the only rider with two horses entered in the CCI4*-S. He is riding Carlchen, who recently broke the record for the Advanced dressage score and led after the first phase at the Carolina International CCI4*-S last month. Dutton’s second mount is the OTTB Sea of Clouds who he has brought up the levels from Beginner Novice.
There are five USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) graduates competing in the CCI4*-S: Dutch Times, Twilightslastgleam, Truly Wiley, Master Frisky, and Never Outfoxed
Gretchen Butts is the FEI Technical Delegate and will be assisted by Tim Murray, who is also the technical delegate for the national divisions.
The president of the ground jury for the CCI4*-S and CCI3*-S is Mark Weissbecker and he will be joined by Jane Hamlin. Janice Conlon is the president for the CCI2*-S and she is joined by Sara Miller Leary. Conlon is all presiding over the national divisions and is joined by Pam Wiedemann as a judge.
The cross-country course designer for the CCI4*-S, Advanced, CCI3*-S, and Intermediate is Derek di Grazia while Nina Fout will be designing the CCI2*-S, Preliminary, and Training.
All show jumping courses are to be designed by Ken Krome.
$2,500 in prize money is available for the CCI4*-S.
EHV-1: A valid Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) is required of all horses. This form is to be signed by an Accredited Veterinarian within 72 hours of arrival at Fair Hill and include each horse’s current Influenza and Rhinopneumonitis vaccination status per USEF competition rules. A copy of the CVI document must be presented for each horse upon arrival. Fair Hill International reserves the right to refuse entry to the grounds for horses that do not have a CVI and current Influenza and Rhinopneumonitis vaccination. Information about the COVID-19 and EHV-1 procedures are available here.
Have you ever wondered why your horse isn’t performing at their best? Get ready to learn about the many facets that can contribute to lameness and poor performance in sport horses from equine orthopedics expert, Dr. Sue Dyson! The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Dyson will be the keynote speaker at the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in Savannah, GA this December 7-11.
Rosie Smith’s rose gold accented helmet matched her perfectly tidy bun of red hair as she took the third spot in the USEA Training Rider Championship at the 2022 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nurena Feeds. Every little detail came together while aboard her trusted partner of nine years: the 20-year-old Connemara Irish Draught named Seamus (by Corrcullen, RID). But Smith’s first jump, back when she was only 15 years old, wasn’t with an English saddle.
Lisa Pragg is a busy woman, but between her normal day job and competing her own 19-year-old Thoroughbred Impeccable she still prioritizes time to volunteer - both at horse trials and as a volunteer firefighter. Pragg understands the importance that volunteers play in the eventing community and makes sure to give whatever time she can back as a fair gesture.
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