Fair Hill International Executive Director Charlie Colgan to Retire After Decade of Service

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Charlie Colgan
Charlie Colgan

Fair Hill, MD - Fair Hill International, home of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) CCI*** and CCI** Fall Eventing Championships, is regretfully announcing the retirement of Executive Director, Charlie Colgan, after ten years of distinguished service. Located in beautiful Fair Hill, Maryland, The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International is one of the most prestigious international three-day events in the world, and draws some of the world's top Eventing horses and riders.

Since assuming his role with Fair Hill International in 2005, Colgan has presided over a decade of growth and change. When the Combined Driving Event was discontinued after the 2007 renewal, the Eventing activities were expanded in the ensuing years. To complement the traditional USEF CCI Three-Star Championship, the USEF CCI Two-Star Championship was added in 2008, followed shortly by the USEA Young Event Horse Championships. During that period, Colgan was also heavily involved in the negotiations that led to Fair Hill International becoming a part of the Professional Riders' Association PRO Tour Series.

When the USEF's Jim Wolf proposed The Dutta Corporation as Fair Hill's new Title Sponsor in 2013, Colgan worked tirelessly to assure that Dutta, a leading international horse transportation company that is also the Official Shipper for the United States Eventing Team, received full recognition of its involvement. The Dutta Corporation recently renewed its partnership with Fair Hill International for the next six years.

"Charlie has done an amazing job with Fair Hill International and we are sad to see him go," said Trish Gilbert, Co-President of Fair Hill International. "He met the daunting challenge of running an organization that relies on some 500 volunteers and, with his calm demeanor and quiet leadership, he molded that group into a happy, well-oiled machine.   He was the perfect person for the challenge and he leaves the organization in excellent shape. We wish him well in his well-deserved retirement."

Fair Hill International will be seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director, and will be announcing the job requirements and details of the job search shortly.

For further information on The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International, please call 410-398-2111 or visit www.fairhillinternational.com.