The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International Three-Day Event celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, hosting the U.S. Equestrian CCI3* and CCI2* Fall Eventing Championships and the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships when it returns to Fair Hill, Maryland, October 18-21. Located at the pristine Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area, Fair Hill International awards $50,000 in prize money.
This year also marks the 30th anniversary of The Dutta Corp, the event's title sponsor. The Dutta Corporation is an international and domestic horse shipping company founded by J. Tim Dutta. It has been expanding rapidly since its inception in 1988 and particularly so in the last twenty years. With state-of-the-art jet stalls and an expert team of grooms, The Dutta Corp provides horse air transport solutions tailored to each individual horse.
Now in its 30th year, The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International hosts one of the most prestigious international three-day events in the world, drawing top-level international stars and Olympic veterans. In addition to hosting world-class equestrian competition, the Fair Hill International offers spectators a chance to enjoy a weekend of outstanding shopping and entertainment. Spectators can experience the excitement of the competition, view numerous demonstrations and enjoy fantastic food, local craft brews and Sports Expo, shopping in numerous country and equestrian vendor shops, children's activities, and more.
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"We are thrilled to be celebrating our 30th anniversary this year," said Trish Gilbert, President of Fair Hill International. "We work very hard year-round to ensure that Fair Hill is one of the best events in the country. We are sure this year will be exceptional."
As part of the 30th anniversary celebration, Fair Hill International is pleased to announce a new and exciting partnership with the Select Event Group. The Select Event Group will host this year's sponsor's tent overlooking the competition in the William duPont, Jr. Arena, where dining and a Sunday brunch with cocktails courtesy of Tito's Handmade Vodka will take place.
In addition to watching spectacular competition, Fair Hill International has expanded its hospitality options and shopping experiences for spectators, trainers, and riders alike. Providing an opportunity for all to indulge in their favorite foods, drinks, and shopping needs, Fair Hill International has placed vendors and additional hospitality tents in the heart of the competition area.
The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International Three-Day Event truly has something for everyone. Gore Running Wear® invites all to participate in the inaugural Gore Running Wear® 5K race and enjoy the Craft Beer and Sports Expo on Saturday, October 20. Spectators can also enjoy numerous demonstrations ranging from dog agility and pony drill teams, face painting located in the Kids Corner, fantastic food options, and shopping in numerous country and equestrian vendor shops.
Admission is FREE on Thursday, October 18 (Dressage phase, day one of competition).
General admission tickets for Friday, October 19 are available at the gate for $10. General admission tickets on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21 are available at the gate for $15 per person. Children under 12 are admitted free of charge, as are 4-H and FFA members (with ID), Pony Club members (with pin), and military members and their dependents (with ID). Seniors 65 years and older are admitted at a discount price of $5 per person.
General Admission does not include admission to Sponsor tents or pre-reserved tailgating spots. More information about online ticket purchases is available at www.fairhillinternational.com/general-admission.
For additional information about tailgating and hospitality packages please visit www.fairhillinternational.com/fh-tickets-tailgating.
For further information on Gore Running Wear® 5K race, please call (410) 398-2111 or visit www.fairhillinternational.com/GoreRunningWear5k.
For further information on The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International, please call (410) 398-2111 or visit www.fairhillinternational.com.
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