World #1 Oliver Townend Returning to MARS Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Presented by Brown Advisory

Baltimore, Maryland – September 22, 2022 – Oliver Townend of Great Britain, ranked #1 on the FEI Eventing World Athlete Rankings, is entered to compete in the 2022 MARS Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Presented by Brown Advisory. Townend, who has held the #1 ranking for five years, competed in last year’s inaugural Maryland 5 Star, placing second to American Boyd Martin.
The MARS Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill presented by Brown Advisory returns to the Fair Hill Special Event Zone in Cecil County, MD, October 13-16. One of only two 5 Star level equestrian events of its kind in the United States and just the seventh worldwide, the event made a spectacular debut last year, welcoming a total of 20,886 spectators and 184 competitors that featured four of the top eight eventers in the world. The event’s prestigious 5 Star (CCI5*-L) designation is the pinnacle of the Olympic sport of Eventing, often described as an equestrian triathlon.
In addition to the 5 Star competition (CCI5*-L), the event also features a 3 Star competition (CCI3*-L), which serves as the USEF CCI3*-L Eventing National Championship, and The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships presented by Dubarry of Ireland. The four days of eventing competition feature Dressage (Thu-Fri), Cross-Country (Sat) showcasing Ian Stark-designed courses, and Show Jumping (Sun).
“I’m excited to be returning to the U.S. for the Mars Maryland 5 Star,” Townend said. “I thoroughly enjoyed the event last year and maybe I can move up a notch this time!”
“It was incredibly exciting to have Oliver Townend with us last year and I think his choosing to return this year is a real testament to our event,” said Jeff Newman, President & CEO of the Maryland 5 Star Event Committee. “Our entry list features 188 horses and many of the sport’s top riders; there will be lots of excitement in the air!”
A full list of entries is available online at Maryland 5 Star entries. FEI definite entries close on September 30.
Tickets for the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill will be available starting August 2 at Maryland5Star.us/tickets. A variety of single and multi-day ticket packages along with exclusive Club and VIP Hospitality packages, General Admission tickets starting at just $15 and much more are available. Reserved Tailgate spots right next to the dynamic Cross-Country action will be available starting August 9!
Fans are encouraged to follow the event on social media @maryland5star and/or sign up to receive the event e-newsletter for all the latest news and information at maryland5star.us/newsletter-sign-up/, including details on this year’s new additions.