Additional $25,000 to be Awarded for USEF Eventing National Championship
Planning and Developments Continue for World’s Newest 5 Star Eventing Competition Coming to Cecil County, Maryland in October
The Fair Hill Organizing Committee (FHOC), an affiliate of the Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland (The Sport Corp.), today announced athletes and horses in the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill (CCI5*-L) will be competing for $300,000 in prize money. Additionally, the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) Eventing National Championship (CCI3*-L), running in conjunction with the 5 Star, will award $25,000 in prize money. Both events, as well as the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Young Event Horse East Coast Championships, will take place this October 14-17 at the new Fair Hill Special Event Zone in Cecil County, Maryland.
Planning and developments for the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill continue to move forward. On May 3, licensees of USEF competitions held in May were permitted to welcome a limited number of spectators back to their competitions with pending news forthcoming regarding competitions held after June 1.
USEF’s COVID-19 Action Plan, including requirements and recommendations for operating USEF-licensed competitions during the pandemic, are being adjusted regularly. As a result, FHOC anticipates releasing various announcements in the coming weeks with information related to retail vendor applications, ticket offerings, sponsorships, volunteer opportunities, livestream and broadcast partners, media credentialing, and more. Event organizers will continue to monitor and administer all current health and safety protocols as necessary for the protection of all those in attendance.
FHOC Co-Chairs, Mike Gill and Michael Hankin said, “While we remain focused on monitoring health and safety protocols for our event, we are excited to see that the conditions continue to improve here in Maryland, and that events are beginning to open up. We are looking forward to producing an inaugural Maryland 5 Star that will provide a top-class experience for our competitors, as well as our spectators.”
The event will mark a new chapter for the State of Maryland’s rich horse and equestrian tradition. The Maryland 5 Star is one of only two CCI5*-L events in the United States, and seventh worldwide. It will showcase four days of thrilling competition at the sport of Eventing’s highest-level across its three disciplines, Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping.
“It is a great feeling having sporting events coming back in Maryland this year and welcoming spectators,” commented Terry Hasseltine, President of The Sport Corp. “The Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill will be one of the highlights during the fall giving people something to look forward to, and something new to experience. We are excited to showcase the new Fair Hill Special Event Zone for the first time and produce an event that our state can be proud of.”
The USEA established the Young Event Horse (YEH) program in 2004 to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the uppermost levels of the sport. While the goal of the YEH program is to identify horses that will be successful at the four- and five-star levels, horses with the potential for lower-level success are also showcased by the program.
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“The Clemson Eventing Team does a fantastic job of creating a community of riders,” said collegiate member, Jackson Dillard. In 2021, Dillard competed his two horses, Elmo a 13-year-old Warmblood gelding bred by James Martin, and Layla Q (Loerke x Ayla Q) an 11-year-old Hanoverian mare bred by Suzanne Quarles. With his two horses, he completed six CCI2* events, he moved up to the Intermediate level with Layla Q, and he was on the winning Area II team of the CCI2*-L USEF Youth Team Challenge East Coast Finals at Tryon International – he did this all while attending Clemson University full-time.
US Equestrian is pleased to announce the dates and location for the 2022 USEF Young Rider Eventing Championship. This championship will take place at the Tryon International Three-Day Event November 10-13 in Mill Spring, N.C.