Earlier this week, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that the Board of Public Works unanimously approved $1 million in funding for improvements at the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in anticipation of the venue hosting a future 4* or 5* international three-day event. The venue is slated to become the second event at this level in the U.S. and only one of seven sites in the world.

“The state is committed to bringing this world-renowned equestrian eventing competition to Cecil County and Fair Hill,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “Working together with our friends and partners in the private and public sectors, we will make Maryland the premier destination for equestrian and equine events, and add yet another chapter to our storied horse racing history and legacy.”

The Board of Public Works approved transferring $1 million in Program Open Space Natural Resources Development Funds from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to the Maryland Stadium Authority. The authority estimates the design phase of the project to cost about $2 million. In addition to the state’s investment, another $1 million is being pledged in private money through the Fair Hill Foundation, Inc.

To read the full press release from DNR, click on the link below.

Department of Natural Resources press release