Fair Hill, MD—September 16, 2002—The Triple Crown of Driving, presented by Driving Essentials, Inc./Glinkowski Carriages, will culminate at the Fair Hill International, October 24-27 in Fair Hill, MD.
Equestrian driver Kate Shields of Middleburg, VA, claimed the early lead in the Triple Crown when she won the Advanced Singles division at The Laurels at Landhope Combined Driving Event, the first leg of the Triple Crown, which was held in West Grove, PA, September 6-8.
The 2002 Triple Crown consists of three events: The Laurels at Landhope Combined Driving Event, the Gladstone Driving Event in Gladstone, NJ, October 11-13, and the Fair Hill International.
At the Laurels at Landhope, Shields took first place in the Advanced Singles division with a score of 108.10 penalties. The win gave her the lead in the Triple Crown over 2001 Fair Hill International champion and two-time Triple Crown champion, Lisa Singer, who won the Advanced Pairs division with a score of 110.70 penalties and is in second place in the Triple Crown standings. Canadian Andre Paquin finished second behind Singer in the Advanced Pairs division with a score of 115.70 and sits in third place in the overall Triple Crown standings.
Each of the Triple Crown events offers a testing, three-phase competition. The components are dressage, highlighting training and obedience; the exciting marathon, where speed, timing, and nerve rule the day; and cones, which emphasizes accuracy.
The Triple Crown champion will be determined by adding each competitor’s two best final scores from the three events with the championship being awarded to the driver with the lowest combined score from his or her two best events.
The Fair Hill International will host the final legs of both the Triple Crown of Driving and also the FEI North American Driving Challenge. It will also host three other prestigious equestrian championships – the USET Three Star Fall Eventing Championship, the USA Equestrian Single Horse Driving Championship, and the United States Eventing Association (USEA) East Coast Championships.
In addition to spectacular equestrian competition, spectators will also be able to enjoy a variety of shops and eateries and browse vendor booths selling tack, jewelry, artwork, pet supplies, apparel and fine gifts. Fine dining (including Maryland crab cakes) and casual snacks will be available.
The Fair Hill International will also include dog agility trials and miniature horse performances. A MASH unit provided by the New Bolton Center will “perform” surgery on injured stuffed animals—plus provide caps, masks and booties for kids! Friends from the Winterthur booth will offer quick crafts for children, and the Chesapeake Foundation booth will provide information on environmental concerns.
The Fair Hill International would not be such a magnificent event without the generous support and funding that it receives from numerous sponsors. Fair Hill would like to thank Cosequin, Dansko, the United States Equestrian Team, Agway, Bit of Britain, First Union Private Capital Management, Glenmede Trust, Practical Horseman, Scudder Financial Services, Southern States Cooperative, Thoroughbred Charities of America, Ltd, and Wilmington Trust Company.
Rain or shine, gates open at 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, October 24-27. Tickets for all four days are $35 or $10 Thursday-Friday and $12 Saturday-Sunday. Children under 12 are admitted free.
For more information on the Fair Hill International, please call (410) 398-2111 or visit www.fairhillinternational.com.