Hill International To Host 100-Mile Endurance Championship
HILL, MDSeptember 5, 2002Known for attracting world-class
equestrians in eventing and combined driving, the Fair Hill International
has added another jewel -- a 100-mile endurance championship to
be held as a kick-off to the annual Fair Hill International Festival
in the Country in October.
by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (International
Equestrian Federation FEI), the first Fair Hill International
100-Mile Endurance ride will serve as the United States Equestrian
Team (USET) Endurance 100-Mile Championship.
new endurance ride will kick off the 14th annual Fair Hill International
Festival in the Country. It will take place the weekend prior to
the driving and eventing championships, which are held October 24-27.
competitions include the USET Three Star Fall Championship and the
USA Equestrian Single Horse Driving Championship, plus the final
leg of the Triple Crown of Combined Driving and the FEI North American
Driving Challenge. The endurance ride will take place on Saturday,
Fair Hill International will also host the United States Eventing
Association (USEA) East Coast Championships that include dressage
on Thursday, cross-country on Friday, and show jumping on Saturday,
all from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
years, the prestigious Fair Hill International has hosted high-level
competitions, attracting Olympic and World Championship veterans
as well as the brightest new stars in the equestrian spotlight.
Now Fair Hill has polished its reputation to a glossier sheen by
including this cross-country ride, the first 100-mile endurance
ride in Maryland.
Fair Hill has hosted 50-mile rides in the past, this is its first
100-mile course. The longer 100-mile competitions, considered the
pinnacle of endurance riding, can take from 9½ to 14 hours
to complete, depending upon the terrain.
by Lana Wright, who has designed the driving marathon course at
Fair Hill the past 12 years, the endurance course takes riders and
horses from the beautiful Fair Hill Department of Natural Resources
Property into Pennsylvania before winding its way back to Maryland.
this is the Festivals first endurance ride, officials arent
guessing how many riders theyll attract, but its highly
anticipated that top-level competitors will participate. Riders
can work for special awards in the FEI division and earn points
towards the FEI Emirates Endurance World Master Series. Or, riders
can enter the AERC 50-Mile Ride or the AERC 100-Mile Ride.
horses and riders are center stage at Fair Hill, spectators can
also enjoy the Country Shops -- a variety of shops and eateries,
with vendors selling tack, jewelry, artwork, pet supplies, apparel
and fine gifts. Fine dining (including Maryland crab cakes) and
casual snacks are available.
entertainment for families to enjoy at Festival in the Country includes
dog agility trials and miniature horse performances. A MASH unit
provided by the New Bolton Center will perform surgery
on injured stuffed animalsplus provide caps, masks and booties
for kids! Friends from the Winterthur booth will offer quick crafts
for children, and the Chesapeake Foundation Booth provides information
on environmental concerns.
the support and funding from numerous sponsors, the Fair Hill International
would not be such a magnificent event. Special thanks and recognition
go to Cosequin, Dansko, the United States Equestrian Team, Agway,
Bit of Britain, First Union Private Capital Management, Glenmede
Trust, Practical Horseman, Scudder Financial Services, Southern
States Cooperative, Thoroughbred Charities of America, Ltd, and
Wilmington Trust Company.
or shine, gates open at 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday through
Sunday. Tickets for all four days are $35 or $10 Thursday-Friday
and $12 Saturday-Sunday. Children under 12 are admitted free.
more information on the Fair Hill International, please call (410)
398-2111 or visit www.fairhillinternational.com.