Dansko Fair Hill International Festival In The Country Returns October 15-18

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Fair Hill, MD—August 31, 2009—The popular Dansko Fair Hill International Festival in the Country returns October 15-18, 2009 to the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in the heart of beautiful Cecil County, MD.  This year’s Festival features world-class equestrian competition in the Olympic discipline of three-day eventing, as well as a wide array of family attractions.

In addition to the traditional USEF CCI*** Fall Championship, which has drawn many of the world’s best eventing horses and riders to Fair Hill for many years, the USEF CCI** Championship will return to the Dansko Fair Hill International for the second year.

Additionally, the Dansko Fair Hill International will also serve as the host of this year’s Spalding Labs USEA Young Event Horse Championship. The Young Event Horse Championship, which takes place on Thursday, October 15, features young horses (ages 4 and 5) competing in three events: Conformation & Type, Dressage and Jumping/Suitability and Potential. The Young Event Horse Championship was designed to recognize and identify the potential of young equine athletes.

“We are very excited to see the return of the CCI*** and CCI**, as well as the addition of the Spalding Labs USEA Young Event Horse Championship to this year’s schedule,” said Trish Gilbert, Co-President of the Dansko Fair Hill International. “We are looking forward to having everybody join us for a great Festival with world-class equestrian competition and wonderful family activities.”

Back by popular demand to the Dansko Fair Hill Festival in the Country is The Art and Sport of Falconry With Live Birds of Prey, taking place on Saturday, October 17. Master Falconer Mike Dupuy brings his audience up close and personal while he and his birds provide an unforgettable educational experience for people of all ages.

While many new events have been added to the schedule, traditional favorites such as the Dog Agility Trials, which draws over 400 canine competitors, will return this year.

Members of the United States Pony Club will be on hand participating in the President’s Cup Invitational Games.  During the Games, riders in teams of five will compete in a variety of challenging and entertaining relay races; awards will be presented to winning teams on Sunday.

The Kids Corner will also return this year, offering a variety of activities for the younger set.  Miniature horses will be performing on both Saturday and Sunday, and live music will be provided by Rebecca Pitre’s Whoa Buddy Productions. Visitors may want to watch JoAnn Dawson’s musical production, “HorsePlay,” on Saturday. The play uses actors and horses to chronicle the relationship of man and horse throughout history.

Also returning are the Country Shops, 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.  In fact, the Maryland Department of Agriculture named the Fair Hill International as a “Maryland Top Event!”

The Dansko Fair Hill International Festival in the Country benefits Union Hospital in Elkton, MD.  The hospital, whose mission is to enhance the health and well-being of the residents of Cecil County and its neighboring communities, has been caring for area families and neighbors for nearly 100 years.

Healthy feet, healthy body, healthy planet.  That’s the spirit behind Dansko, founded in 1990 by husband and wife team, Peter Kjellerup and Mandy Cabot, both former horse trainers.  Now sold in over 3,000 leading independent retailer locations across North America, Dansko is the leader in all-day comfort footwear.

For more information on this year’s Fair Hill, including how to purchase tickets, please call (410) 398-2111 or visit www.fairhillinternational.com