Wednesday, February 1, 2017

You're Invited to an Open House

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Join us on February 15th!
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Fair Hill International is dedicated to offering the best eventing competitions and learning opportunities for all levels of riders.  We also host an endurance ride and a combined driving event.  For all the details, please visit our website:  http://www.fairhillinternational.com/

Open House on Wednesday February 15th,
 7 - 9 pm.


Fair Hill International, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Sports Commission, and Maryland Horse Industry Board will be hosting a community open house on February 15th from 7-9 pm at the Edward L. Walls Activity Hall, Fair Hill Fairgrounds (4640 Telegraph Road, Elkton, MD 21921) to discuss the Maryland Horse Park System improvements to the steeplechase track and grandstands and the CCI 4* proposal.

The evening will be structured in an open house format.  Please come visit with us and chat with representatives from different organizations at your convenience, any time between 7 and 9 pm.  All are welcome!

We will have stations manned by different people based on their expertise. A few of the topics:

  • Fair Hill International and the Maryland Sports Commission will discuss the CCI 4* proposal
  • Maryland Horse Industry Board will discuss the horse park system study
  • The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will discuss the mission and vision for Fair Hill, oversight of projects, and balance between diverse park users
  • The National Steeplechase Association and Fair Hill Races will discuss improvements to the steeplechase track
  • The Cecil County Fair Board will discuss a proposed tunnel under Route 273
  • Cecil County Tourism will discuss the benefits to Cecil County of improvements to Fair Hill and the addition of a CCI 4*
  • The Fair Hill Training Center will discuss its support of the horse park system
  •  Cecil County government representatives will be available to chat
Refreshments will be provided.
Rendering of the proposed updates to the Steeplechase track and grandstand area
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Fair Hill International Named to the Short List to Host a CCI 4*

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FHI has been named to the Short List!
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Fair Hill International is dedicated to offering the best eventing competitions and learning opportunities for all levels of riders.  We also host an endurance ride and a combined driving event.  For all the details, please visit our website:  http://www.fairhillinternational.com/

USEA, USEF Announces Venue Short List for New CCI4*


Fair Hill Makes Short List to Host International Equestrian Event


January 20, 2017 - Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is pleased to announce that Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area in Cecil County has been identified as a possible venue to host a world-class equestrian event. The United States Equestrian Federation announced this week that Fair Hlil and one other facility are in the running to host a proposed 4* event in the fall of 2019.
“This is great news for the horse community and industry as well as Cecil County and state of Maryland,” Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “I applaud the community-led efforts to bring this world-class equestrian event to Fair Hill, and I am further encouraged that the planned upgrades to the racetrack and fairgrounds are moving ahead.”
As landowner and manager of the property, the department has been working closely with the community, and equestrian organizations and stakeholders to ensure that the proposal for the 4* event contributes the greatest benefit to all park users while preserving and protecting the treasured ecological and rural character of the area.
“Being selected to host the 4* would be a game changer for the Maryland horse industry,” said Maryland Horse Industry Board Chair Jim Steele. “It puts us on par with Kentucky by hosting a Triple Crown race and a 4* event. Each year during the month surrounding the 4*, Maryland would be the center of the horse universe and attract equine enthusiasts from all over.”
Organizers and supporters of the proposal will schedule a community open house in February to provide more information on the event and associated improvement projects.
“This is a significant milestone in our effort to bring this magnificent 4* event to Fair Hill and the greater mid-Atlantic region,” said Maryland Sports Commission Executive Director Terry Hasseltine. “We look forward to continuing to work with all our partners to make this opportunity a reality.”
“I am very excited about the future of the 4* event at Fair Hill,” said Fair Hill International President Trish Gilbert. “For 30 years our hardworking volunteers and board have come together to produce this popular event that draws support from our highest level national and international competitors. In partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, Sports Commission and Horse Industry Board, we will be able to achieve our vision of promoting world class sport right here in Maryland.”

Planning is underway to host a community open house in early February at Fair Hill NRMA to provide more information on the proposed event and associated improvement projects
We'd also like to share an article from The Chronicle of the Horse about Fair Hill International's Four Star plans:
 

Fair Hill And Great Meadow Face Off For Future Four-Star



We're excited for the next steps in the bid process, and we will keep our friends in the loop when we have more information.

Thank you to all our amazing volunteers and competitors who have supported Fair Hill International for the past 30 years.  We certainly could not have gotten this far in the Four Star process without all of you!
Upcoming Events 
April 8  Foxcatcher Endurance Ride
April 14-16  Recognized Horse Trials
April 25 Cross Country Schooling Night
April 29 Cross Country Schooling
May 7  Unrecognized Starter Horse Trials
May 9 Cross Country Schooling Night
May 20-21  Recognized Horse Trials
May 23 Cross Country Schooling Night
May 28 Cross Country Schooling
June 1-2  Lucinda Green Clinic
June 3-4  Elk Creek Driving Event
June 6  Cross Country Schooling Night
June 18  Cross Country Schooling
July 1  Unrecognized Starter Horse Trials:
July 11 Cross Country Schooling Night
July 15  Cross Country Schooling
July 25  Cross Country Schooling Night
Aug 1 Cross Country Schooling Night
Aug 12-13  Recognized Horse Trials
Aug 15  Cross Country Schooling Night
Aug 27  DerbyCross
Aug 29  Cross Country Schooling Night
Sept 9  Unrecognized Starter Horse Trials
Sept 12 Cross Country Schooling Night
Sept 23 Cross Country Schooling 
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Fair Hill International, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation. Contributions to Fair Hill International are tax deductible within the limits of current federal and state tax law.