The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International is an equine three day event. Competition runs from Thursday October 13 - Sunday October 16, 2016 in beautiful Fair Hill, Maryland.
Time For Cross Country!
Dressage has concluded, and we're looking forward to an action-packed Saturday!
We had a beautiful day here at #DuttaFHI for the conclusion of the USEA Young Event Horse Championships, and the conclusion of the CCI Dressage phase. A full summary of today's action can be found below.
Now we're looking ahead to Cross Country Saturday! RIDE TIMES are posted on our website. All the action begins at 9:30 AM! Need a little sneak peak of Saturday afternoon's CCI 3* Cross Country course? Check it out!
Cross Country Preview!
It's going to be a perfect day for watching Cross Country! We will have The Equiery People Mover shuttling folks from the Main Gate to the Start Box so you can catch all the action across the entire course. Be sure to check out the always influential Dutta Corp. Farmyard in the Main Arena. And while you're up that way, stop by the CCI Warm-Up Arena to watch the Chincoteague Pony Drill Team in action!
Bring the entire family - our Kids Corner will be open all day with face painting, crafts, stick horses and our ever popular CORN BOX! Kids Corner will also have pony grooming demonstrations, dog health demos, and pony health talks. PLUS you may see some Magicians wandering around. And don't miss the Juggling Hoffmans, performing during the lunch break right over by the Food Court Tent.
It's also going to be a perfect day for TASTING BEER! Our Craft Beer Festival has a beautiful view of at least eight different Cross Country fences - it's a perfect place to enjoy the day! Tickets can be purchased at the gate, or at the entrance to the Craft Beer Fest tent itself. Look for the giant ducks!
It's also a great day to think about outdoor adventures! Visit our FREE Outdoor Sports Expo, Presented by Gore. Try on gloves, check out boots, and ride one of those bikes with the HUGE tires. These retailers will help you discover your NEXT outdoor adventure!
Finally, as promised, here's a recap of Friday's action at The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International:
Maryland Native Marilyn Little Sits in First and Second After Dressage in the CCI*** at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International!
Fair Hill, MD - October 14, 2016 - Dressage for the CCI*** and CCI** was in full swing at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International in Fair Hill, MD. Marilyn Little, born and raised in Frederick, MD, maintained the lead after dressage in the CCI*** with RF Scandalous on a 41.5. Little is also in second place with RF Demeter with a 44.6. In the CCI**, Emily Beshear with Silver Night Lady continues to lead the field with a 43.0 going into Saturday's cross country.
The USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships came to a close and Tim Bourke and Foreign Quality maintained the lead and won top honors in the five-year-old division while Matthew Flynn riding 2 A.M. won the four-year-old division.
Five-year-old USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Champion Tim Bourke and Foreign Quality. Photo Shannon Brinkman
Showing another strong performance in dressage, Little followed Thursday's leading performance with RF Scandalous with a brilliant performance on her second mount, RF Demeter, to take second place. Moving into the third position was Ryan Wood aboard Powell with a score of 45.0.
"Demi (RF Demeter) was a bit more tense and anticipatory than I had hoped for. She was looking forward to the test and not as relaxed as she can be. All in all, I'm pleased with her," said Little. "We trust her to do her job. She can almost under-do in the warmup, knowing she will be beautiful and put on a show."
Marilyn Little and RF Demeter. Photo Shannon Brinkman
Known for being quick and bold on cross-country, Little is optimistic for Saturday'scross-country with RF Demeter. "With Demi, I have to keep control. She is very strong, knows her job, and comes out of the start box like a tornado and just wants to do it all at once. This looks like a good track for her."
Little's first place horse RF Scandalous is coming back up to the CC*** level and is looking forward to Saturday's course. "I really hope to do a good job," said Little. "We are prepared and she is a courageous horse, and a big galloper. I'll probably be a little bit more conservative in the beginning of the course; I want her to come home as confident as she left the start box."
Beshear and Silver Night Lady remain in the lead in the CCI** heading into Saturday'scross-country competition with a dressage score of 43.0. Following in second is Jennie Brannigan riding Stella Artois with a score of 44.5 and Dasha Ivandaeva riding DB Cooper moved into third with a dressage score of 45.3.
"I was really pleased with my score and I know there were a lot of good competitive horses to go today. What can I say, I'm happy to still be here," said Beshear. "My mare has such a great foundation, very honest and very brave. There are a lot of places where you can get rolling and (course designer) Derek (Di Grazia) is not going to let you make-up time at the end of the course, you've got to make the most of the galloping lanes. I'm looking forward to it, it's a great course. I'll let her gallop on and hope to manage her well."
The USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships came to a close as Tim Bourke and Foreign Quality secured the win in the five-year-old division with an 86.87%. In the four-year-old division, Matthew Flynn riding 2 A.M. topped of the leaderboard winning the four-year-old division with a score of 86.87%.
"Badger (Foreign Quality) is a super nice horse, easy to produce and easy to ride," said Bourke. "He's a lovey horse, happy to have him."
Four-year-old USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Champion Matthew Flynn and 2 A.M. Photo Shannon Brinkman
Cross-country for the CCI** will start on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and the CCI*** will follow at 12:25 p.m.
The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International is one of America's most recognized three-day events. Hosting some of the tops riders and horses in the world, Fair Hill has something for everyone. Spectators can experience the excitement of the competition; view numerous demonstrations ranging from dog agility and Chincoteague pony drill teams, to enjoying fantastic food, a craft beer tent, shopping in numerous country and equestrian vendor shops, and face painting.
Since 1989, Fair Hill International has offered one of the most prestigious international three day events in the world, located at the Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area in beautiful Fair Hill, Maryland.
Eventing is the ultimate test of a horse and rider and has been referred to as the Triathlon of equestrian sport. Through tests in dressage, cross country, and show jumping the horse and rider work together to show that they can compete in the most demanding and highest levels of equestrian sports.
In 2013 FHI joined forces with title sponsor The Dutta Corporation. The Dutta Corp is a leading international horse transportation company that was recently named the Official Shipper for the US Eventing Team.
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.