It’s here! Cross-country day at the 2018 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event has arrived. Sixty-five CCI2* riders and 38 CCI3* riders will set out on course today to tackle the tracks that 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games course designer Derek di Grazia has set for the USEF National CCI2* and CCI3* Championships.
The CCI2* course spans 4,835 meters of the Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area and has an optimum time set at 8 minutes 48 seconds. The course includes 24 numbered fences and a total of 34 jumping efforts. Click on the map below for a virtual coursewalk on CrossCountryApp.
In comparison, the track for the CCI3* is 5760 meters to be completed in 10 minutes and 7 seconds after completing 27 numbered fences and a whopping 40 jumping efforts. Check out the CrossCountryApp virtual course walk by clicking on the map below.
The first pair in the CCI2*, Alexandra Knowles and Ms. Poppins, will set out on course at 9:15 a.m. and will continue until the last combination, Alexandra Knowles and Morswood, leave the box at 12:24 p.m. Cross-country action resumes with the CCI3* at 1:10 p.m. with Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Monte Carlo. Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus will be the last combination on course at 3:38 p.m. Click here for ride times.
If you couldn’t make it to Fair Hill this year to watch the action in person, you’re in luck. This year, USEF Network is live streaming the CCI3* starting at 1:00 p.m.! You can access the live stream by logging in with your US Equestrian login information at this link.
Don’t have a US Equestrian membership but still want to follow along? Check out the USEA Instagram Story!
Need a refresher of what’s happened so far in the CCI2* and CCI3* at Fair Hill? Click herefor a recap of Thursday’s competition and click here to find out how thing stand at the completion of dressage.
The 2018 USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships took place this weekend, with West Coast native Tamra Smith and MB MaiStein taking home the 5-year-old Championship title while Courtney Cooper and her homebred R River Star picked up the win in the 4-year-old Championship. Click here to read about the dressage and conformation phases and click here to read about the jumping phase.
My name is Tayah Fuller and I’m 14 years old. “On course” to me is a phrase that makes my heart pump fast and my excitement go wild. There is no better feeling than galloping through a field or flying over cross-country jumps with my heart thrumming along, especially when it is with my best friend. You see, I was born with a congenital heart murmur. While it has never really affected my athletic abilities, the one time that I notice it is when I am riding through a cross-country course with my horse.
Please always remain vigilant when it comes to sending any personal communications via email or text. Every year we receive reports of members and leaders of our sport receiving phishing attempts both online and by phone. These are often communications disguised as being sent from USEA staff or other leaders. As the years go on, the phishing attempts appear to be more directed and tailored.
Tack cleaning is one of those barn chores that might not be our favorite but is certainly necessary for keeping our equipment in top shape. Aside from caring for your tack so it lasts for years to come, regular tack maintenance is important for safety. The last thing you want is the potential for a stitch, zipper, or buckle breaking while you're out on course.
Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).