The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce a special event in partnership with the Fair Hill Organizing Committee, an Affiliate of the Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland, organizers of the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill. The two organizations have collaborated to host a mixer for USEA members who are registered within the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing program or the USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL). The Intercollegiate & Interscholastic Mixer will be a fun event for program members to mix and mingle at the inaugural CCI5* competition, which is one of only two 5-star events in the United States, and seven worldwide, taking place at Fair Hill in Elkton, Maryland October 14-17, 2021.
This special event will occur on Saturday, October 16, 2021 during cross-country day at the inaugural Maryland 5 Star event and will be open exclusively to USEA Collegiate and IEL members.The mixer will begin at 10:00 a.m. and complete around noon, and will include light snacks and refreshments in an open-air picnic bench pavilion in the infield, just behind the main arena. The event will take place during the last hour of the 3-star cross-country competition and across the hour-long changeover between the two divisions, so that attendees may still watch the 5-star cross-country premier event in the afternoon.
The Intercollegiate & Interscholastic Mixer provides a place for youth program members to interact, meet their peers, and promote their schools and teams. The mixer also offers the opportunity for Intercollegiate teams to attract IEL members to their schools and provide more information about their school programs. The mixer should help program members to chat with team riders, learn how to start their team, find their dream college program, and make connections that last a lifetime.
Tables will be provided for all Intercollegiate Eventing teams that are interested in participating and setting up promotional supplies and information. Teams are asked to bring all of their own décor, promotional materials, and anything else they’d like to include for the mixer. The USEA and the Maryland 5 Star teams will also be providing complementary swag bags with merchandise and fun items from both organizations.
All USEA Collegiate and IEL members are encouraged to attend the mixer on October 16, and will be offered a 20% discount off of the Saturday general admission tickets. If your team or yourself plan to attend the mixer, please RSVP to Claire Kelley at [email protected].
We look forward to seeing you there for a great weekend! For the full schedule of events at The Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill, please click here. Tickets are available now, and may be purchased here.
About Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill
One of only two 5 Star events in the United States, and seventh worldwide, the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill will continue the storied legacy of Eventing at the new Fair Hill Special Event Zone in Elkton, Maryland, located in Cecil County. The prestigious 5 Star (CCI5*-L) designation is the pinnacle of the sport of Eventing also known as the equestrian triathlon. The Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill is produced by The Fair Hill Organizing Committee (FHOC), an affiliate of the Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland (The Sport Corp.), and in partnership with Fair Hill International (FHI). The Maryland Food Bank serves as an event beneficiary.
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