Poplar Place Farm in Hamilton, Georgia has received approval from the FEI to add a CIC3* division to their February 4-5 Horse Trials. Due to a glitch with the USEA’s Online Omnibus the Poplar Place listings are temporarily missing, but they will be running a full calendar of events including:
January 21-22 (Starter, BN, N, T, PT, P, IP, I)
February 4-5 (Starter, BN, N, NT, T, PT, P, IP, I, CIC3*)
March 23-25 (BN, N, T, PT, P, I, A, CIC1*, CIC2*)
May 5-6 (BN, N, T, P, I, Area 3 Championships)
June 2-3 (Starter, BN, N, T, PT, P, I)
September 21-23 (BN, N, T, PT, P, I, A, CIC1*, CIC2*, CIC3*)
November 10-11 (Starter, BN, N, TN, T, PT, P, I)
It’s been 13 years since an American has stood atop the podium at a five-star event, but Boyd Martin broke the dry spell today with the Turner Family’s 15-year-old Anglo European mare On Cue (Cabri D’Elle x On High) as the winners of the first-ever Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill. It was a thrilling down-to-the-wire finish where Martin and On Cue climbed from third to first to take home champion honors with just .01 points between him and second-place finisher and weekend-long leader Oliver Townend.
Following yesterday’s downpour, the temperatures for the final jog this morning were brisk but the CCI5*-L horses remained professional for the last horse inspection leading into show jumping later today. Of the 35 pairs set to move forward with the final phase of competition, only 34 presented to judges Angela Tucker (GBR), Martin Plewa (GER), and Mark Weissbecker after Lisa Marie Fergusson opted not to bring forward her own 15-year-old Welsh/Thoroughbred gelding (Brynarian Brennin x Dream Contessa) Honor Me.
After a jam-packed week, the final day of competition at the Maryland 5 Star is upon us. Riders have shown off their style in the horse inspection, danced their way down the centerline in dressage, and contested some serious obstacles in cross-country up until this point. Now it's time to demonstrate the fitness and accuracy that each horse possesses in the final phase: show jumping.
It was a great day of cross-country riding at the Maryland 5 Star. There were 35 horses who crossed the finish and 11 of those finished double clear. With British, French, New Zealand, Canadian, and American riders coming through the finish flags – it was a true world class competition. The USEA was at the finish to see what the riders thought of the very first Maryland 5 Star cross-country track designed by Ian Stark.