(Video) Sanctioning body gives OK to international equestrian event at Fair Hill

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Fair Hill Organizing Committee, an affiliate of the Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland, officially announced the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill has been granted official status from Fédération Équestre Internationale, the international governing body for equestrian sport.

Fair Hill is located in Cecil County, MD west of Newark. The October 2021 event is expected to provide a big boost for hotels and restaurants in northern Delaware.

The inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill CCI5*-L will be added to the FEI Calendar for October 14-17, 2021. Following the FEI’s evaluation of the host venue at a test event in August, the formal ratification was received at the newly constructed Fair Hill Special Event Zone.

“The designation is the top level of our sport, and in turn, there is an extensive evaluation process that takes place in order to host such an event,” said Catrin Norinder, FEI director of Eventing and Olympic. “Despite the challenges 2020 has presented, the organizers have made tremendous strides and met the necessary requirements to date, and the FEI Eventing Committee supported its inclusion in the FEI Calendar.”

In 2017, the United States Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) board of directors selected Fair Hill as a potential host site for the newest CCI5*-L competition on the international eventing circuit.

Last year, the Maryland Board of Public Works approved funding to construct the Fair Hill Special Event Zone to serve as the annual host site for the Maryland 5 Star.

There are currently six locations in the world hosting similar events. Maryland will join Kentucky as the second location in the United States.

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