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2003 Fair Hill International’s Courses Get a Facelift

Fair Hill, MD—July 28, 2003—Six new obstacles are planned for the cross-country course at the 15th annual Fair Hill International CCI***, part of the Fair Hill International Festival in the Country, which returns to the Fair Hill Natural Resources Area in beautiful Fair Hill, MD, October 23-26, 2003.

In addition to the new fences, several existing fences are scheduled to receive repairs and improvements. The upgrades come as a result of a thorough course review and discussion between Fair Hill event organizers and course designer Derek di Grazia of Pebble Beach, CA. An Eventing World Championship veteran, Di Grazia won the Fair Hill International CCI*** and the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Fall Three-Day Event Championship in 1991.

The 2003 Fair Hill International has been chosen by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (International Equestrian Federation – FEI) to host this year’s Pan American Games Eventing Championship. In order to distinguish the Pan American Championship from the Fair Hill CCI, both of which are held at the three-star level, event organizers will present two different jumping courses, one for each competition. Sally Ike of Oldwick, NJ, a former international eventing competitor and currently the USET Director of Show Jumping and Vaulting Activities, will design both courses.

“With dozens of international horses and riders coming to Fair Hill for the Pan American Championship, we want to present a world-class course,” said Fair Hill International Executive Director Lou Morris. “The Fair Hill course has long been considered one of the world’s finest and the changes we’re making will make what we have even better!”

In addition to the Pan American Eventing Championship and USET Fall Eventing Championship CCI***, the 2003 Fair Hill International will feature various driving divisions, including the USET National Pair Horse Driving Championship. USET veteran driver Lana Wright returns as the driving course designer and has already created a new look for the water hazard. Also, in a prelude to the Fair Hill International, Fair Hill will host its second 100-Mile Endurance ride as well a 50-Mile ride on October 18, 2003.

Olympic medal-winners Phillip Dutton of Australia, Karen O’Connor, Nina Fout, Linden Wiesman, and Bruce Davidson regularly compete at the Fair Hill International, as does defending Champion David O’Connor, the 2000 Sydney Olympic individual Gold Medalist and 2002 World Equestrian Games team Gold Medalist. At last year’s USET Fall Championship, David O’Connor topped the field during his last appearance with his long-time partner, Custom Made, owned by Xandarius LLC, who was retired following the competition.

While 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.

This year, dog agility trials return to Fair Hill with over 200 canine competitors. The Stuart Family Miniature Horses will perform driving, hunter/jumper and obstacle jumping demonstrations along with talks on the care of miniature horses. Friends from the Winterthur booth will 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.

For further information on the 2003 Fair Hill International, please call (410) 398-2111 or visit


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