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Maryland’s National Eventing Winners

At the end of the 2017 season, several Maryland eventers found themselves on various U.S. Eventing Association national leaderboards at Beginner Novice through Advanced. Marilyn Little and Colleen Rutledge, both from Frederick, made it onto the country’s Overall Top 50 riders list once again this year. Little was tied for 26th while Rutledge was ranked 32nd. Little’s main equine partner for 2017 was RF Scandalous, the mare owned by Raylyn Farms Inc. She topped the Top 10 Mares list for the second year in a row and was ranked 10th on the Top 10 Horses overall list. Confidence Game,...

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Scorpiancer wins Eclipse Award

The 8-year-old Scorpiancer, owned by Maryland’s Bruton Street-US, has recently been crowned the 2017 Eclipse Award for Steeplechase Horse of the Year. With just two starts in 2017, the Irish-bred Scorpaincer won two of the most prestigious jump races in the U.S. On April 22 he won the Temple Gwathmey Handicap (G3) in Middleburg, SC and on May 13, the Calvin Houghland Iroquoise Steeplechase (G1) at Percy Warner Park, just outside of Nashville, TN. Bruton Street-US is a partnership between Mike Hankin, Charlie Noell and Charlie Fenwick, Jr. Trained by  Jack Fisher, who won both NSA trainer titles this year, Scorpaincer was ridden by Sean McDermott. Scorpaincer’s 2017 season was cut short by a tendon injury but plans for a fall 2018 campaign are already in the words. Fisher told the Daily Racing Forum in early January, “He’s out in a field. He should be back.” Scorpaincer has already earned $455,360 in his career, which began in Great Britain in...

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Inaugural Area II New Event Horse Champs Set in Maryland

First published in the January 2018 Equiery In addition to its recognized horse trials and three-day events, the U.S. Eventing Association offers a series of tests for young horses. Most people have already heard of the Future Event Horse (yearlings through three-year-olds) and Young Event Horse (four and five-year-olds) programs, both of which have year-end championships with competitions held across the country. Not many people, however, have heard of the New Event Horse Tests, which are designed to be an introduction to the sport of Eventing for horses of any age. Similar to the YEH tests, the NEH tests...

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Maryland Jousters Take On Tilting in Scotland

This past October, six Maryland Jousting Tournament Association members were invited by the Scottish Tilting Riding Club to be ambassadors for the Maryland State Sport of ring jousting. Three of the members, Mikayla Miller (St. Leonard), Shannon Allen (Westminster) and Stacey Gail (Fallston), participated in the 1st Garleton Lodge International Tilting Tournament at the Rockrose Equestrian Sports Centre in East Lothian, Scotland. While in Scotland, they competed in the “tilting” competition in order to learn more about the European version of the sport of ring jousting. Mikayla Miller and Stacey Gail competed in the Open Division, which requires riding...

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Bowersox and Keefe Named to USEF Eventing 18 Lists

The U.S. Equestrian Federation Eventing High Performance Committee approved 15 young riders to participate in its Emerging Athlete Eventing 18 Program for 2018 as well as an additional five young riders as auditors. Making the lists from Maryland are Joe Bowersox of North East and Ryan Keefe of Sandy Spring. Bowersox made the participation list while Keefe is on the auditing list. Bowersox has been riding Minotaure du Passoir at Training and Preliminary this year with wins at MCTA and Fair Hill in May. The pair finished 16th at the Plantation Field International CIC1* in September. Keefe has been...

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FHI’s 4* Countdown… FEI Decision Coming Soon!

The FEI annual meeting and convention begins tomorrow and on the schedule is a vote on if Fair Hill International will be granted a CCI4* for 2019. Below is the most recent update on the FHI’s 4* bid as well as a proposal for the FEI to change the “stars” scale of international three-day events. Check back next week for the final decision from the FEI! first published in the November 2017 Equiery The countdown to finding out if Fair Hill International will be hosting a CCI4* event starting in the fall of 2019 is almost over, as the FEI makes a final ruling at the end of this month during its annual meeting in Spain. Although the FEI is the governing body that decides the international eventing calendar, improvements to the Fair Hill grounds have already been approved at the local level with construction set to begin right after the spring Fair Hill Races in 2018. “These renovations will go on as scheduled even if the FEI does not vote in favor of the four-star at Fair Hill,” said Terry Hasseltine of the Maryland Stadium Authority. “Several permits are already being processed for phase one of the Master Plan.” Phase one includes the widening of the turf racetrack, installing an irrigation system under and around the track, construction of competition rings in the infield and construction of the...

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