US Equestrian has announced that the Maryland International CCI3*-S will serve as the final preparation event for the Lima 2019 Pan American Games U.S. Eventing Team, in accordance with the U.S. Eventing Team selection procedures. The competition is part of the Maryland International + Horse Trials taking place July 5-7 at The Highlands at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Md.
Running Friday, July 5, and Saturday, July 6, the Maryland International CCI3*-S is an opportunity for the selected athlete-and-horse team combinations to demonstrate their continued preparation, soundness, and ability heading into the Pan American Games. US Equestrian and the event organizer Carolyn Mackintosh have been working closely on an optimal set-up for the horses headed to Lima, including the preparation of dependable cross-country footing.
“This is the final preparation [event], not a final selection trial. We believe that the horses will be in [good form] before they get here, so this is about getting another run under their belts. It also has a value of revealing what needs more attention in the final weeks before the Pan Ams. It is a little bit of testing and checking how they are functioning in all three phases,” said Erik Duvander, U.S. Eventing Performance Director. “It’s also about the venue. We are looking forward to [competing there]. The cross-country course is likely twisty, possibly like the Pan Ams course. It’s going to be challenging, but positive, giving the horses confidence jumping big enough [fences] as preparation.”
View the Maryland International + Horse Trials schedule, including a complete list of competing divisions here. The Lima 2019 Pan American Games U.S. Eventing Team is anticipated to be announced in late June. Duvander will serve as chef d’equipe for the team with competition running August 1-4.
The USEA would like to feature your IEL team! The USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) is in its first year and currently has 82 registered teams from every USEA area and 46 events hosting an interscholastic team challenge.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is thrilled to welcome back longtime sponsor, FITS Riding, Ltd. for 2021. They are returning as a Bronze Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds, a Contributing Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA Adult Team Championships, a Contributing Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA Classic Series, and a Contributing Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships. As a sponsor of these USEA programs, FITS Riding will generously provide gift certificates as prizes for the Intercollegiate championship competitors, AEC and ATC competitors, and Classic Series winners.
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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.