Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring Updates

Happy Spring!  At least, we think it might be spring.  It's been a long, long winter and every time spring peeks its little head out, winter seems to come back and squash it down again.

We've got lots going on this month - Derek is here this week designing the 2014 Dutta Corp FHI cross country course.  Eric is here building and moving some jumps.  Courses are being set for our spring recognized Horse Trials.  And our Foxcatcher trailmaster is just crossing her fingers and hoping for a break in the weather so she can mark 50 miles of trails for our upcoming endurance ride.

Here's a copy of the email blast that went out today to volunteers and other people.  Want to be on our email list?  Well, you can't.  No, I'm kidding.  But I, all kidding aside, have no idea how to sign up for the email list.  Try sending an email to and put "add me to the list" in the subject line.  We're making this up as we go, folks - we've got a new mass email system that we're just getting used to.

PS - You may have noticed as bit of a different look to the blog.  Notice also a new layout for our website - we're hoping it provides a little bit easier navigation.  We'd welcome any feedback!

News from Fair Hill International

Spring is here and our first 2014 competitions are just around the corner, so it is timely to let you know what is going on at Fair Hill International.

In this email:
Congratulations to you all! Fair Hill International has just received a Cecil County Tourism Award!
News about the Foxcatcher Endurance, USEA/USEF Recognized Horse Trials and Cross-Country Schooling
A call for volunteers for the Horse Trials (Fri April 18th – Sun April 20th)

Fair Hill International receives Tourism Award

I was honored to accept an award on your behalf at the Annual Cecil County Tourism Partner Appreciation breakfast this past Wednesday, 26th March.

Executive Director Charlie Colgan accepts the “Tourism Project of the Year” Award from Raymond “Chick” Hamm, PNC Bank EVP, while Rupert Rossetti looks on.

I was completely surprised and absolutely delighted, especially given the introduction:

“I have the pleasure of presenting the “Tourism Project of the Year” award. It’s given to an outstanding tourism project, program, promotion or event. This year’s recipient is a multi-day international event. The staff, which consists of only a couple people, is supported by an energetic group of experienced volunteer committee chairs, who then enlist 500 additional volunteers. The organizing team dedicates countless hours throughout the year to accomplish one of the best of its kind in the USA. Competitors and attendees come to Cecil County for this event from around the world. Not only is it an amazing accomplishment overall, but it also generates an impressive economic impact on the county. The organizational skill it takes to create an event of this magnitude is to be applauded. So let’s give a round of applause to this year’s winner of the Tourism Project of the Year – Fair Hill International.”

As Chick so rightly said, none of this would be possible without you, our volunteers, so congratulations and thank you, on behalf of the Board of Directors and Cecil County! You definitely do make the difference.

March 26, 2014 was a red-letter day for Fair Hill International in more ways than one. In addition to the aforementioned “Tourism Project of the Year Award” we were delighted to see our own Rupert Rossetti named the “Cecil County Tourism Volunteer of the Year.” Anyone who is even slightly aware of the workings of FHI must be aware of the multi-faceted impact Rupert has on our organization. We are only ONE of the many groups that call on him throughout the county, and he never fails to answer the call.

The glowing tribute to Rupert from Cecil County Tourism describes the depth of his commitment far better than I could, and I’d like to quote from his citation:
“Rupert Rossetti is always willing to roll up his sleeves to help with tourism projects, events, and meetings. His energy, leadership skills, and insight are endless. His cheery disposition makes everyone around him thoroughly enjoy working with him. Many organizations are touched by his volunteer spirit, and I'm sure they'd all like to clone him. He's taken on the huge task of being the Operations Manager of Fair Hill International and has excelled immensely! He's helped County Tourism develop and implement its first industry survey. He was instrumental in getting the Farm Tour bus project started. And on and on and on! To borrow words from one of the several nominations - his passion is incredible, his knowledge endless, he's a genuine ambassador for Cecil County, and a true gentleman! We feel extremely grateful for his service on our tourism committee.”

Congratulations, Rupert. I don’t know what we’d do without you.

Upcoming Competitions

We’re getting ready for our first competitions of the 2014 season:

Saturday, April 12th - Foxcatcher Endurance will include:
A.E.R.C. 25 Mile Ride
A.E.R.C. 50 Mile Ride

You can get all the latest information from the Foxcatcher website at

Friday April 18th to Sunday April 20th- The USEA/USEF Recognized Horse Trials
will include:

There is Cross-Country Schooling on the following Tuesday, April 22nd from 3 -7 p.m. and also on Saturday April 26th from noon – 4 p.m.

You can get all the latest information from the FHI website at

Call for Volunteers – April Horse Trials
Bodgie Read has put out an “extra-wide” call for volunteers for the April Horse Trials. With the One, Two and Three Star CIC Divisions, we will be running several phases at the same time on all three days. Some specific needs include:
Friday, April 18: Dressage Scribes and Ring Stewards starting in the morning, and several volunteers (Stewards, Scribes and Timers) to staff Show Jumping in the afternoon.
Saturday April 19: Dressage Scribes and Ring Stewards, Cross-country Fence Judges, and Show Jumping Stewards, Scribes and Timers.
Sunday April 20: Cross-country Fence Judges
Potential volunteers: Please contact Bodgie Read about preferred jobs and available times. As in the past, volunteers are welcome to a free cross-country schooling at one of the Fair Hill Schooling days.
The best way to reach Bodgie is via email at

We hope to see you at Fair Hill in April, as a rider, a volunteer or a spectator.

Charlie Colgan
Executive Director