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.
To all our Volunteers, Competitors, Vendors, Officials, and Spectators - THANKS for a wonderful weekend!
The official competition update is below. We wanted to first thank YOU! We have the very best Fair Hill International family. We have the very best volunteers. We have the very best officials. We have the very best competitors. We have the very best vendors. And we have the very best spectators. Thank YOU for making the 2016 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International such a success! And may we also tip our hat to Mother Nature, for three solid days of sunshine and perfect weather? What a weekend!
We want to give extra special acknowledgement to our 2016 Volunteer of the Year, John Ryan. John Ryan is one of those "Behind the Scenes" guys at #DuttaFHI who does EVERYTHING, but you'd never know it because the competitors don't really see him. But you DO see him, in a way. You see him in all the cross country fences. You see him in painting, and decorations. You see him in galloping lanes. You see John Ryan IN everything we do at Fair Hill, and especially in cross country. You just don't ACTUALLY see John Ryan. John is a Founding Member of Fair Hill International - he was part of the team that moved the event to Fair Hill NRMA in 1989. We were delighted to bring John in to the main arena today, to give him the recognition he deserves.
John Ryan receiving his Volunteer of the Year award from Executive Director Carla Geiersbach, John Nunn from Bit of Britain, and The Dutta Corp's Tim Dutta
We've got so many updates and photos on our FaceBook page, and we'll keep updating for another week or so. Keep checking back!
Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous Win the CCI*** at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International
Fair Hill, MD - October 16, 2016 - The final day of competition took center stage at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI in Fair Hill, Maryland. Sally Ike's show jumping course was big and forward riding in both the CCI*** and CCI** Fall Championships. Winning the USEF CCI*** Fall Championship with a double clear show jumping round was Marilyn Little with RF Scandalous. In the CCI** Fall Championship Jennie Brannigan was foot perfect in show jumping to hold onto her lead and was crowned as the USEF CCI** Fall Champion.
Little with both horses, RF Demeter and RF Scandalous, were in fine form going into the final show jumping phase. Jumping a clear round aboard RF Scandalous, who initially led the field after dressage, cemented the duos lead and won top honors in the USEF CCI*** Fall Championship with a score of 46.30. Little's second ride of the day, RF Demeter, had an unlucky rail dropping the pair from first to second ending with a 48.60. With rails causing problems for the top horse-and-rider combinations, Hanna Sue Burnett piloted Under Suspection to a clean round to move them up to a third place finish with a score of 49.60.
CCI*** Fall Champion Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. Photo Shannon Brinkman
"I really couldn't of had had a better day with those two," said Little. "Scandalous was lovely out there. She showed what an exciting horse she is now and for the future." Commenting on her ride on Demi, Little observed, "I truthfully thought it was Demi's weekend." She smiled, "It's just the way the chips fell but she's just as deserving and is truly an incredibly horse, partner, and has made my time in eventing so special."
Third place competitor Burnett was especially pleased with Under Suspection's performance. "I was pretty excited today. She gives me a lot of confidence in the ring and I was excited for show jumping. She was exciting today."
In the USEF CCI** Fall Championship, Brannigan brilliantly rode Stella Artois around Ike's course securing a first place finish, ending on her dressage score of 44.50. In reserve was Emily Beshear and Silver Night Lady. The pair had a clear round in show jumping and finished the weekend with a score of 45.00. In third with a 45.80 was 2016 Rio Olympic veteran Lauren Kieffer riding Landmark's Monaco to round out the top three in the CCI** Fall Championship.
CCI** Fall Champion Jennie Brannigan and Stella Artois. Photo Shannon Brinkman
"With Toddie, (Stella Artois) it's a connection. This time a year and this place is very emotional for me because of Cooper and time doesn't seem to make that easier," said Brannigan. "I'm just thrilled. I had her overly fit for this event. I'm so happy, she jumped well. Even I was feeling nervous going into it, but she felt fit and ready to go."
Beshear commented on her ride on Silver Night Lady, "I'm thrilled mostly for the group that's behind me, the Deep Purple Eventing group. My goal from the beginning was to get a 2* qualifier done this year. Coming here and finishing second really helps to make everyone realize the effort we all put in. To me it's balancing her out and keeping her focused in the ring without messing with her too much. She was jumping out of her skin. I'm certainly happy with that."
Lauren Kieffer on Landmark's Monaco, "He's a really great show jumper and has a lot of experience. He is a lovely horse and tries so hard. It's fun to have homebreds and produce them to the level and have them do well. He felt fresh as a daisy (after cross-country) and jumped a beautiful round."
The USEF awarded the 2016 Developing Rider Award to Jenny Caras with Ferhill Fortitude while fellow competitor Caroline Martin and Pebbly Maximus took reserve. Winning the USEF CCI** Young Rider award at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Fall Championship was Chelsea Kolman and Dauntless Courage. In reserve for the CCI** Young Rider was Grace Fulton riding Wild Orange. Matthew Flynn and his horse Wizzard was awarded The USEF National Young Horse while Chris Talley with Unmaked Bills took reserve. Both USEF Young Horse award recipients competed in the CCI**.
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 and to enjoy fantastic food, shopping in numerous country and equestrian vendor shops.
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.