Equestrian Team Eventing Fall Championship Opens 2003 Fair Hill International
Hill, MDOctober 23, 2003The start of the United States
Equestrian Team (USET) Eventing Fall Championship opened the competition
at the 2003 Fair Hill International Festival in the Country. World-class
riders and drivers are competing in a variety of equestrian events,
highlighted by the 2003 Pan American Eventing Championship, at the
Fair Hill Natural Resources Area in Fair Hill, MD, October 23-26.
and horses have converged from Argentina, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada
and Mexico, as well as the United States, to battle for the Pan
American Championship that begins on Friday. Meanwhile, many of
the United States top eventing riders began competition on
Thursday, riding in the USET Championship and CCI***.
Olympic veteran Julie Richards of Atlanta, GA took the first-day
lead in the USET Championship and CCI***, scoring 48.6 penalties
on her 2000 Sydney Olympic mount, Hyde Park Corner. Kristin Schmolze
of Montville, NJ is second with a score of 50.6 on Cavaldi and three-time
U.S. Olympian Karen OConnor of The Plains, VA is third with
52.8 penalties on Grand Slam.
USET Championship and CCI*** serves as the final phase in a three-event
competition where Nunn Finer Products is awarding one of its new
Wofford Cross-Country Classic saddles to the rider who completes
the Morven Park CCI*, the Radnor Hunt CCI**, and the Fair Hill International
CCI*** with the lowest cumulative score. John Nunn of Nunn Finer
Products and legendary eventing rider and coach Jim Wofford, on
whose custom eventing saddle the Wofford Classic was based, will
present the saddle at the Fair Hill awards ceremony on Sunday.
2003 Fair Hill International is also hosting several advanced combined
driving competitions highlighted by the USET National Pair Horse
Championship, as well as the inaugural United States Pony Club (USPC)
Presidents Cup competition. The Presidents Cup is an
Invitational Games competition open to the top four Pony Club Senior
Games teams from the 2003 USPC Eastern Championships, which took
place in August. Members of the invited teams, comprising youngsters
age 14-16, will serve as the honor guard for the Pan American Eventing
Championship closing ceremonies.
world-class equestrian competition makes the Fair Hill International
a rare treat for spectators, the amenities at Fair Hill round out
the event to provide an ideal family outing. The Country Shops boast
a wide variety of shopping and dining, featuring vendors of tack,
jewelry, artwork, pet needs, exceptional apparel and fine gifts
for the approaching holiday seasons. The Fair Hill Club offers fine
dining, while visitors seeking a more casual snack or meal will
find pubs around the Fair Hill grounds serving classic Maryland
crab-cakes and other treats.
Hills dog agility trials boast over 200 canine competitors.
The Stuart Family Miniature Horses are performing driving, hunter/jumper
and obstacle jumping demonstrations along with talks on the care
of miniature horses. Friends from the Winterthur booth offer quick
crafts for children and a family sign-up opportunity, and spectators
can learn more about the Chesapeake Bay and environmental concerns
at the Chesapeake Foundation Booth.
2003 Fair Hill International Festival in the Country benefits Christiana
Care Health System, one of the Chesapeake regions largest
not-for-profit health care providers. Christiana Care, which began
in 1888, serves the people of Delaware, as well as neighboring areas
of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. It maintains a teaching
hospital which specializes in cardiology, cancer and womens
health services, and has trauma and neonatal intensive care units
that offer an exceptional degree of care.
years sponsors include American Home & Hardware; Bayer;
Bit of Britain; Cosequin/Nutramax Labs; County Banking & Trust
Co.; Crystal Trust; Dansko; The Equiery; Glenmede Trust Company;
Goldman, Sachs & Co.; The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation;
Jeff DAmbrosio Chevrolet; Lexus; Maryland Horse Industry Board;
M. H. Eby, Inc.; Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit; NowPac, Inc.; Primedia
Equine; Rice, Unruh & Reynolds; Sentman Distributors; Stancills;
The Stewart Foundation; Summit Aviation; Thornhill Enterprises;
Thoroughbred Charities of America, Ltd.; Wachovia; Walnut Green
Bloodstock; and Wilmington Trust.
further information on the 2003 Fair Hill International, please
call (410) 398-2111 or visit www.fairhillinternational.com.