Anticipation Grows Around Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill

Excitement is building around the second annual Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill, scheduled for October 13-16, 2022. One of only two 5 Star Three-Day eventing equestrian competitions in the U.S. and seven in the world, the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill is expected to draw
even more international athletes than last year. Event organizers are reporting the addition of thrilling enhancements to the cross-country course and many new spectator amenities including expanded retail vendor offerings, food trucks, concessionaires, and more.

Inaugural 5 Star (CCI5*-L) winner and three-time Olympian Boyd Martin from nearby Cochranville, PA will defend his title against the world’s top riders and horses. Launched in October 2021, the inaugural Maryland 5 Star drew more than 22,000 people to watch the world’s best eventing athletes from Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, New Zealand, and the U.S. compete in the beautiful rolling hills of Fair Hill in Cecil County, Maryland. First developed as a steeplechase and foxhunting haven by William du Pont, Jr. in the 1930s, Fair Hill is now owned by the State of Maryland. The Fair Hill Special Event Zone features top-notch show jumping and dressage arenas and a cross-country course created by internationally acclaimed course designer, Ian Stark of Scotland.

Considered the triathlon of equestrian sport, Three-Day eventing is the ultimate test of horse and rider. First organized as a cavalry test and composed of three phases – dressage, cross country, and show jumping – it is one of the few sports where male and female athletes, both equine and human, compete as equals.

Tickets will be available soon at maryland5star.us. Major sponsors from 2021 returning this year include Cecil County, Mars Equestrian, Select Event Group and more.

“We are very excited about the way the preparations for the Maryland 5 Star are shaping up,” said Fair Hill Foundation Vice President Dr. Timothy Gardner who also serves on the Maryland 5 Star Event Committee. “We encourage all to visit maryland5star.us to sign up
to receive the latest newsletters and follow the event on social media @Maryland5Star.”

“Volunteer opportunities are an engaging way to see the action up close and personal,” Dr. Gardner added. “Organizers are looking for volunteers to take on a variety of positions ranging from hospitality ushers to shuttle drivers. To learn more, email event volunteer coordinator, Debi Rogers at volunteer@maryland5star.us.”

In addition to anticipated growth in the number of competitors in the 5 Star, more entries are expected this year for the 3 Star, featuring the USEF eventing National Championship. The Dutta Corporation USEA Young Horse East Coast Championships for four-and-five year old horses will again take place on Thursday and Friday, filling out a full four days of eventing action.