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Rutledge Ribbons in Both CCIs at FHI

Sunday marked the conclusion of the 2017 Dutta Corp Fair Hill International with the show jumping phase for both the CCI2* and CCI3*. Colleen Rutledge of Frederick found herself jumping into the ribbons in both divisions. With UNO in the CCI2*, she jumped double clean to move from tenth up to sixth. The 15.2 hand mare also earned the “Small But Mighty” award for being the shortest equine to complete the CCI2*. In the CCI3*, Colleen and Covert Rights were the last to jump as they went into the final phase in the lead. Unfortunately, three dropped rails in...

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Marylanders Move Up at Fair Hill International!

It was a great day at the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International for Maryland competitors with all jumping clean and nearly all inside the time on cross-country. Californian Tamra Smith is still leading the CCI2* with Sunsprite Syrius as Marylanders Savannah Fulton and Colleen Rutledge move up into the top 10. Savannah rode Esstoga Tune early in the division, jumping clean but adding 4.4 time faults to her score. They moved up to 41st place but with her second mount in the division, Brave New World, she jumped clean and inside the time to move up into ninth place....

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Rutledge in Second at FHI CCI3*

Colleen Rutledge of Frederick rode her homebred Thoroughbred cross Covert Rights to an early lead in the CCI3* division at the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International this morning in Elkton. She scored a 39.8 with the 11-year-old gelding and stayed in first until Selena O’Hanlon of Canada scored a 39.4 aboard Foxwood High. Always the perfectionist, Colleen said of her ride, “I am moderately happy about the test. CR tries so hard to do what I ask him and in some ways, tries too hard. I could have ridden him out with his neck a little more in places.”...

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Marylanders Get Set to Tackle Fair Hill

Today marks the start of the 2017 Dutta Corp Fair Hill International with the first horse inspections for the CCI3* and CCI2* divisions. The Free State is represented by six entries in the three-day as well as two in the Young Event Horse East Coast Championships. Fresh off their Morven Park CIC3* win, Colleen Rutledge (Frederick) and her homebred Covert Rights will be the lone Maryland entry competing in the CCI3*. The pair also won the CIC3* at Richland Park in August and the CIC2* at the Maryland Horse Trials International. In the CCI2*, Colleen has her new mount...

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Fair Hill’s Four Star Future

first published in the October 2017 Equiery This past July, Maryland equestrians and outdoor sports enthusiasts alike jumped for joy when the U.S. Equestrian Federation announced that Fair Hill International in Elkton had been selected as the U.S. location for a future CCI4* event. “All parties involved are very excited and proud to be from Maryland,” said FHI executive director Carla Geiersbach. “You know Snoopy’s happy dance from the Peanuts cartoons? That was me when we got the news!” Geiersbach went on to say that FHI’s current sponsors are just as excited and that conversations with more perspective sponsors...

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Celtic Fire WCHR Developing Pro Reserve Champ at Capital Challenge

On Wednesday, October 4, Erica Quinn (OH) and Celtic Fire finished second in the highly competitive $5,000 WCHR Developing Pro Challenge at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro. Quinn and the Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by CF Partners are trained by Rachel Kennedy of Brookeville. Celtic Fire switched from the jumper ring to hunters just last year and with Quinn in the irons won the 2016 USHJA International Hunter Derby in Chicago. Capital Challenge continues through Sunday. To watch live, click here:...

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