FAIR HILL, MD-October 2, 2001-The Fair Hill International Festival In The Country will feature a new Equine Health Pavilion, sponsored by Cosequin, during the combined driving and eventing competitions at the Fair Hill Natural Resources Area in Fair Hill, MD, October 25-28, 2001.
A variety of learning opportunities will be available for equestrian enthusiasts of all ages. The Equine Health Pavilion, sponsored by Cosequin, will feature educational opportunities with experts from the New Bolton Center at The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Smartpak (custom packager of daily supplements for equine feed), and Pennfield Feed together with Kentucky Equine Research, a leading equine nutrition, research and consultation company. Talks, demonstrations, and autograph sessions with international stars of eventing and combined driving will round out the opportunities in the Equine Health Pavilion.
"The Equine Health Pavilion will provide a valuable opportunity for riders, drivers, owners, handlers, and other horse lovers to learn about the latest developments in equine health care, products, and techniques from some of the nation's leaders in equine medicine, nutrition and care," said Fair Hill International Executive Director Patrick McGaughan. "We're excited about our partnership with Cosequin and the New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine," he added, "and encourage all Fair Hill spectators and participants to make good use of all the 'horse sense' in the Equine Health Pavilion."
The Fair Hill International, featuring world-class equestrian competition in the Olympic sport of eventing and the World Championship sport of combined driving, hosts four top-ranked equestrian championships: the USET Fall Eventing Championship CCI***, the USET Four-In-Hand Driving Championship, the AHSA Single Horse Driving Championship and the AHSA National Combined Driving Pony Championships (for singles, pairs and teams). The USET Fall Eventing Championship CCI***, one of just two prestigious three-star competitions held in the United States each year, draws Olympic and World Championship veterans such as Olympic Gold medalists Phillip Dutton and David O'Connor.
The USET Four-in-Hand Driving Championship, the AHSA Single Horse Championship, and the AHSA National Combined Driving Pony Championships are among the season's highlights for combined drivers. Last year Tucker Johnson, Oldwick, NJ, won a record fourth straight four-in-hand title and plans to defend his title this year.
The Fair Hill International also hosts the final leg of the Jaguar Triple Crown of Driving, presented by Driving Essentials/Glinkowski Carriages. Kimberly Stover of Warwick, MD, the 1999 Jaguar Triple Crown Champion, took the lead during the first leg when she won the Advanced Singles division at the Laurels Combined Driving Event in Unionville, PA in September. Nancy Johnson of Lincoln, MA has since moved into first place after winning the Advanced Singles division during the second leg of the Jaguar Triple Crown of Driving at the Gladstone Driving Event in Gladstone, NJ. With only a few points separating the leaders after the first two legs, the Fair Hill International's final leg of the Jaguar Triple Crown of Driving, presented by Driving Essentials/Glinkowski Carriages, will see fierce competition for the Jaguar crown.
For novice equestrians, this year's Fair Hill International will also host the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA) Area II Preliminary, Training & Novice Horse Trials' Championships. These East Coast Championships include dressage on Thursday, cross-country on Friday, and show jumping on Saturday, all from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors will enjoy the variety of shopping and dining opportunities at the Fair Hill International Festival in the Country. The Country Shops feature vendors of tack, artwork, pet needs and fine apparel for a unique opportunity to do get a jump on holiday shopping for the animal lovers on anyone's list. The Fair Hill Club provides a fine dining experience, while others seeking a more casual snack or meal will enjoy Blue Marlin Catering's pubs around the Fair Hill grounds and the classic Maryland crab-cakes. Tickets for the Fair Hill International are available by the day, or as a four-day pass. On Thursday and Friday, tickets are $8.00 per person; Saturday's admission fee is $12.00; Sunday's is $10. A Four-Day Pass is only $30 per person. Children under 12 are admitted free.