Friday, October 14, 2016

Thursday Recap

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YEH and CCI 2* and 3* Dressage Action
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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.
We had a foggy start to the morning, but it didn't dampen the mood at #DuttaFHI!

The recap of the day's Dressage action is below.  We had a great Thursday of competition!  The rest of the event is gearing up and will be in full swing by Friday.

The Country Shops are already open and bustling.  Food vendors will be ready and waiting to serve you breakfast and lunch beginning Friday.  Dog Agility demonstrations begin Friday afternoon.  And don't forget our FREE course walk!  Allie Blyskal-Sacksen will be hosting a free cross country course walk on Friday at 4:00.  Everyone is welcome!  Meet at the Start Box, and wear comfy shoes - it's four miles around the course and yes, you WILL be walking!

Remember that Ride Times, Scoring links, and Cross Country maps are all posted in one place for you - we hope you have bookmarked it and are checking it regularly!
Ride Times and Scoring
Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous Ride To An Early Lead in the CCI*** at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International 

A heavy morning fog over the dressage rings greeted riders and spectators during the first day of competition at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International in Fair Hill, MD. Marilyn Little rode to an early lead with RF Scandalous in the CCI*** with a dressage score of 41.5. In the CCI**, Emily Beshear with Silver Night Lady currently sits in first with a 43.0. Rounding out the day's dressage phase was the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships. Dressage will resume for the remaining CCI*** and CCI** competitors on Friday.
 
Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous produced a beautiful test for a 41.5 in the first flight of the CCI*** division to be the overnight leader heading into Friday's competition. In second is Rio Olympic individual Bronze Medalist Phillip Dutton aboard I'm Sew Ready with a score of 49.2 and in third is Kim Severson riding Cooley Cross Border with a score of 50.8.
Leader in the CCI*** Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. 
Photo by Shannon Brinkman

 
"She's (RF Scandalous) been out of it for a year so this is the first 3* test that I've done on her in a year. So this feels good and it's a pleasure to have her here and so much fun to ride her on the flat. For her to be that focused and workmanlike today, it was wonderful to see that. She has always been a pretty strong contender on the flat," said Little.
 
Looking forward to Derek di Grazia's cross-country course, Little noted, "I'm reasonably optimistic that she'll put in another good performance Saturday and I'm really looking forward to having her out there. She is a big galloper and she's
CCI** leader Emily Beshear and Silver Night Lady.
Photo by Shannon Brinkman
 got (RF Demeter) to support her - Demi is plenty quick! We've got two good shots here."
 
Emily Beshear and Silver Night Lady took the lead in the CCI** with a dressage score of 43.0. Following in second is Michael Walton riding Woodstock Wallaby with a score of 48.8 and McKena Knott White riding Flanigan secured third with a dressage score of 50.3.

"She's a pretty new ride for me," said Beshear. "I've spent the summer getting to know her. She was very focused and had a super test; one little bobble where the sand hit the edge of the ring, I can forgive that!" Regarding Saturday's cross-country course, "I'm really excited for the 2* for her. She's never done a CCI**, the biggest question for me is feeling out her fitness level. It has plenty of good questions to test your readiness."
 
Tim Bourke and Foreign Quality.
Photo by Shannon Brinkman
In the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championship five-year-old division, Tim Bourke and Foreign Quality are in first with a score of 42.62. Rebecca Lee piloted Bradley Cooper to the top of the leaderboard in the four-year-old division with a score of 43.9. The final phase of the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championship will take place on Friday.
Rebecca Lee aboard Bradley Cooper.
Photo by Shannon Brinkman

Dressage for the CCI*** and CCI** will resume on Friday at 9:00 a.m. The jumping test for the USEA Young Event Horse Championships divisions will begin at 8:00 a.m.
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2015 CCI3* Winner Tamra Smith and Mai Baum

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.

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