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.
The spring eventing season in the Midwest is always a toss-up due to unpredictable weather. Will it rain, will it be sunny, or will it be a snowstorm? No one knows! Mid-America Combined Training Association’s (MACTA) first cross-country schooling of the season was cancelled in March due to extremely muddy footing conditions and by the time our April dates came around, COVID-19 was in full force and we were unable to host our cross-country schooling and schooling show.
The FEI has published its Policy for Enhanced Competition Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, aimed at assisting organizers and national federations with the safe resumption of international equestrian events in line with national and local restrictions.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) has approved additional modifications to the qualification period for the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The AEC is scheduled to take place August 25-30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and the USEA is doing everything possible to ensure a safe and successful Championship, while also ensuring fair opportunities for all.
This article will be updated to include statements as they are released from upcoming USEA recognized events regarding actions they are taking due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).