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.
When the overnight leader cantered into the show jumping arena at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International and had the first rail down, Erin Sylvester knew that she had just clinched the CCI4*-L win. It isn’t just another CCI4*-L win though – it is a truly historic one as she and Paddy The Caddy, Frank McEntee’s 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Azamore x Slamy), will be the final names inscribed on the Fair Hill trophy.
All horses who presented this morning at the final horse inspection at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event were accepted, but one notable horse wasn’t presented. D.A. Duras, Jacqueline Mars and Debbie Adam’s 11-year-old KWPN gelding (Numero Uno x Medoc) was withdrawn by Lauren Kieffer before the horse inspection. The pair were sitting in third place in the CCI4*-L so their withdrawal moves up the majority of the division.
The scoreboard was kept working at full tilt on cross-country today at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International as 24 of the 41 CCI4*-L starters picked up some sort of jump penalty on Derek di Grazia’s course. The leader position changed several times throughout the afternoon as 15 penalties were handed out by the ground jury, but Waylon Roberts and Lancaster kept their slate clean to take over the top spot.