Archives of History and Future

Fair Hill’s Lizzie Merryman Debuts at the Breeder’s Cup

From the Winter 2022 Bugle - It’s a long way from Fair Hill to the prestigious international 2021 Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in California, and breeder Lizzie Merryman is proud of her filly Caravel’s debut on the international stage.

A Message from Charlie Fenwick

With the highly successful Mars Maryland 5 Star presented by Brown Advisory in the rear view mirror, we are all enjoying the accolades the event has drawn from all over the world. We can be proud that with the help of the Fair Hill Foundation, the Maryland 5 Star management team looks forward to October […]

Fair Hill: A Horseman’s Oasis

William du Pont Jr. altered the trajectory of the more than 5,600 acres of land in the corner of Maryland that now hosts this country’s second five-star. By Laura Lemon Published in the October 4 & 11 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse During these meditating mowing moments in the ’90s, Coldren always found […]

Fair Hill: From America’s Aintree to America’s Newmarket

By Dorothy Ours and Barbara Heck Reprinted from the 2020 Bloodstock Notebook, published in the U.K. to coincide with the December Tattersall Sales Tucked in the beautiful rolling hills of the northeast corner of Maryland, the foxhunting, steeplechasing and turf racing paradise William du Pont, Jr. created and called Fair Hill nearly a century ago […]

Fair Hill – Hoping the rebirth of the historic facility is just the beginning

Discussing the renaissance plan for unique public-private partnership By Betsy Burke Parker | This story was originally published for the Temple Gwathmy Steeplechase Foundation … There’s a world-class nature center, and camping, hiking, hunting and fishing along Big Elk Creek. The Cecil County Fair, the Festival in the Country and annual Scottish Games prop up […]


Foxcatcher Farm’s Champion Racehorse in 1954 and 1955 Parlo emerged as a champion Thoroughbred in 1954 with significant wins including the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga on August 25, 1954. According The New York Times article, the 9-1 shot chestnut filly won the $29,600 race by a length and a half. Jockey, Eddie Arcaro disregarded trainer, Dick […]

Fair Hill International – A History

In 1925, William du Pont, Jr. began to assemble a tract of land on the Maryland-Pennsylvania border that would eventually encompass more than 7,600 acres. He wanted to create a nature preserve where he could raise some cattle and engage in his two favorite pastimes: horse racing and fox hunting. He was nothing if not […]

The Cecil County Fair – A History

This entire week, through Sunday July 28th, the Cecil County Fair will be the focus of Fair Hill.  Celebrating its 66th year, the Cecil County Fair is a showcase for agriculture, featuring livestock shows, horse shows, tractor displays, and garden exhibits.  The Fair also boasts a wide variety of exciting attractions, from tractor pulls to […]
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