Derek di Grazia’s cross-country courses at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International is the setting for all the action today in Elkton, Md. Here is what you need to know to follow along:
The CCI3*-L begins at 9:00 a.m. with 60 riders planning to leave the start box. Will Faudree and FRH Ramona will be first up and riders are scheduled every three minutes with no breaks. The current leaders Alexa Gartenberg and Louis M are number 50 and ride at 11:18 a.m.
After a 45 minute lunch break, Clayton Fredericks and FE Stormtrooper will be first out of the box for the CCI4*-L at 12:45 p.m. Riders will leave every four minutes. Zoe Crawford and K.E.C. Zara withdrew overnight so 46 pairs will tackle the course. Overnight leaders Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C are scheduled for 2:29 p.m.
The full list of ride times is available here.
Derek di Grazia’s final Fair Hill CCI4*-L cross-country course is 5,792 meters with an optimum time of 10 minutes 10 seconds. Horses will jump 41 numbered obstacles in 26 different combinations.
View the CCI4*-L course by clicking on the map:
The CCI3*-L course is 4,813 meters with a time allowed of 8 minutes and 46 seconds. It consists of 35 jumps in 24 combinations.
View the CCI3*-L course by clicking on the map:
The cross-country will be livestreamed on USEF Network. You can sign up for a free fan membership using the code FairHill19 if you aren’t already a member.
The live scores can be found here.
The USEA will be posting updates throughout the day on Instagram. Follow @useventing to keep up with the action on the story.
At Fair Hill and need a break from cross-country? There are tons of activities going on near the country shops. Find the full schedule here.
The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships will take place later this month at the Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) in Lexington, Va. across May 27-30. Following the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan, the USEA is working with VHT organizer Andy Bowles to ensure the Championships are still a destination competition for all Intercollegiate event riders, packed full with an opening ceremony, the traditional “college town” area, the prestigious spirit award, and an abundance of prizes.
The FEI passed rule changes impacting Minimum Eligibility Requirements in November 2020 that go into effect on July 1, 2021. The changes will impact athletes who are uncategorized, “D” and “C” athletes competing at the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L, and CCI5*-L levels. Please see below for the highlighted changes. The USEF requirements to compete at these levels remain unchanged, but please remember that the USEF requirements must be achieved within 12 months of the competition. These changes will be adopted into the USEF Eventing Rulebook by July 1. See Appendix 3 for qualification requirements.
Beginning May 17, 2021, USEF will implement new protocols regarding the use of face coverings/masks at USEF-licensed competitions in response to recently updated CDC recommendations. Please click here to access the full amendments to the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan protocols.
Nicole Brown is joined this week by Irish World Equestrian Games silver medalist Sam Watson as they discuss the road to a successful cross-country round. They cover your basic training at home before your event, what you do when you get to the event and are walking the course, warming-up, visualization, and finally how to tackle the course. This podcast is full of words of wisdom from Sam that will keep you listening to the very end so tune in now!