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Beyond the Wire: retiring the Thoroughbred racehorse before its too late

After the blanket of “Black-eyed Susies,” after the weathervane is painted, after the Woodlawn Vase is returned to the museum, and Pimlico is swept clean of the Preakness pomp, what then? What then of the horses? A flickering two minutes on the first Saturday of May in Kentucky. A heart-pounding two minutes in Maryland. An seemingly interminable two and a half minutes in New York. For fewer than seven minutes each year, Thoroughbreds capture the world’s rapt attention in the Triple Crown Races. And then what?  Of course, we horse people know the answer to this question. The horses...

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Fair Hill $250,000 Bond Bill

On Sat. March 11, legislators in both houses heard bond bills which would help fund improvements to the equestrian facilities at Fair Hill, which is owned and managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Senate Bill 708 and House Bill 977 would authorize the creation of a State Debt not to exceed $250,000, the proceeds to be used as a grant to The National Steeplechase Foundation, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Fair Hill Race Course. If passed, NSF would be required to acquire matching funds. The...

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Marilyn Little’s Big Fair Hill International Win

Marilyn Little is no stranger to the Fair Hill International and has found her self in the ribbons of both the CCI2* and CCI3* on several occasions. However, the prestigious championship rosette and The Fair Hill Bronze have eluded her… until this year when she took home not only the championships, but the reserve championship as well. The Maryland native, hailing from Frederick, started out this year’s Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI3* strong, earning a 41.5% with the 11 year old Oldenburg mare RF Scandalous to take the lead after the first day of dressage. Marilyn and RF...

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Marilyn Little Still Leading at FHI

After an exciting day of cross-country action at the 2016 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Maryland native Marilyn Little continues to have a hold of the top two spots in the CCI3*, however the order of her two mares has switched. Marilyn and RF Scandalous were one of the first riders out onto the course this afternoon and jumped around clean but added 4.8 time faults to their dressage score. They stayed in the lead until the end of the day when Marilyn rode RF Demeter around the course to jump clean and inside the time. Thus, RF Demeter...

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Marilyn Little Holds Top Two Spots Heading into Cross-Country at FHI

At the conclusion of the dressage phase, Marilyn Little of Frederick holds the top two spots in the CCI3* at the 2016 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International. She remains in the lead with RF Scandalous, who she rode yesterday. Today she scored a 44.6% with RF Demeter, her longtime four-star partner to move into second place. Ryan Wood of Australia is in third place with Powell. Also riding from Maryland in the CCI3* is Lillian Heard of Poolesville who is in 23rd place with Arundel. Colleen Rutledge (Frederick) is in 38th place with Roulette and 44th place with Escot...

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Marilyn Little in the Lead at FHI

Marilyn Little (Frederick) took an early in the CCI3* at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International earlier today in Elkton. Marilyn rode her Pan American mount RF Scandalous to a 41.5% in the first group of three-star riders. Marilyn will ride her longtime four-star partner RF Demeter on Friday. Colleen Rutledge, also of Frederick, rode her first of two CCI3* mounts this morning. She and Escot 6 scored a 67.4% to sit in 11th place. On Friday she rides Roulette. In the CCI2*, Cary Chavis of Washington, DC rode Game On to a 72.7% and is in 14th place....

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