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October 28, 2014

Colonial Downs Track Closes Due To License Conflicts

On Nov. 1, Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent, Va., will close its doors after 17 years.

Built in 1997 to help bring tourism and an economic boost to New Kent County, Colonial Downs was the only live flat racing track in Virginia and also supported several off-track wagering facilities, five of which closed earlier this year. The track formerly hosted the David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial Steeplechase.

October 19, 2014

Brannigan Breaks Fair Hill Curse

Oct. 19 - Elkton, Md.   

Jennie Brannigan couldn’t even watch cross-country leader Boyd Martin as he jumped his show jumping round with Master Frisky at The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI***.

She’d laid down a clear with Cambalda and just had to wait, and when Master Frisky ticked the last fence in the triple giving her the win, several years of heartbreak and near-misses washed over her as she celebrated the biggest win of her career.

October 17, 2014

Martin And Master Frisky Move To The Top Of Fair Hill CCI***

Oct. 17 - Elkton, Md.   

Boyd Martin is used to riding multiple horses at every event he goes to, but when he brought six horses to the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International, most contesting their first CCIs, he knew he wasn’t going to have it easy.

Luckily, Master Frisky made Martin’s job easy in the CCI***, taking the top spot after two days of dressage (43.1).

October 17, 2014

Officials Ban Helmet Cameras From Fair Hill Cross-Country

On Oct. 17 British Eventing announced they would place an immediate ban on helmet cameras in all BE affiliated events.

As a result, organizers at the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International (Md.) decided not to allow helmet cams on cross-country in the CCI** and CCI*** this weekend.

October 17, 2014

One To Watch: A Last Minute Decision Finds Kurt Martin And Anna Bella At The Fair Hill CCI***

When Kurt Martin first saw Anna Bella as a 5-year-old, just broke after having had a foal, he figured she’d be a good sales project.

He took her on for her owner, Windsor Farm in Upperville, Va., aiming to get her competing before selling her, like he’d done with so many horses before.

And although she was feisty, some­thing about Anna Bella stood out to Martin, so a month later, and after three cross-country schools, he found himself writing the check.

October 16, 2014

10 Highlights From The First Day Of Fair Hill

Oct. 16 - Elkton, Md.   

The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International kicked off competition today with a full day of CCI** dressage and a handful of CCI*** rides.

With 54 riders in the three-star and 110 in the two-star, this year's Fair Hill is shaping up to be its biggest ever.

Matt Brown traveled all the way from Petaluma, Calif., with Happenstance to take the lead in the two-star (40.1), while Lauren Kieffer and Landmark's Monte Carlo (43.0) and Boyd Martin on SBF Cortez (43.8) lie close behind.

October 15, 2014

The Chronicle Staff's 2014 Fair Hill Picks

My drive up I-95 to Maryland on the third weekend of October every year is one of my favorites, because it’s time for the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International.

The leaves are changing, there’s a crispness in the air, volunteers greet you with a smile, and the smell of Maryland crab cakes and fried food wafts through the air at the United States’ premiere fall three-day.

October 15, 2014

One To Watch: Forrest Nymph Will Show Her Pony Power At The Fair Hill CCI**

Sinead Halpin has conquered the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials CCI**** cross-country, represented the U.S. at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, won countless events and finessed her way through her top horse Manoir de Carneville’s quirks, but she’ll be taking on a new challenge this weekend at the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI** (Md.)—Forrest Nymph, a 14.2-hand New Forest Pony.

Halpin took over the ride on “Farrah” this spring for owner Beth Davidson and she’s excited for the challenge of the mare’s first CCI**.

October 9, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Lindy Patrick Was A Jack Of All Trades

It’s hard to imagine today’s hunter seat equitation riders having time to pursue other riding endeavors as they prepare all year to qualify and compete at their major finals, but in the 1960s, it wasn’t uncommon for a junior rider to compete in more than one discipline.

During that time, Lindy Patrick was nearly unbeatable in the hunter seat, saddle seat and western stock seat medal classes on so many horses, she can’t even remember them all. In those days, some shows hosted several disciplines, which made her life even more hectic.

October 7, 2014

Virginia's Great Meadow To Hold CIC*** in 2015

After the success of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games preparatory trial in July, Great Meadow organizers have announced that they will host the Great Meadow International CIC***, June 19-21, 2015, in The Plains, Va.

The U.S. Eventing Technical Committee approved the date, which according to Great Meadow Foundation President Rob Banner will likely be used as a preparatory trial or final outing for the 2015 Pan American Games (Ontario) squad.

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