The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Results 1 to 13 of 13
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr. 7, 2004
    Location
    NoVa
    Posts
    5,487

    Question Fair Hill Prelim course?

    I looked at pix from the August trial there last year and it seemed fair.

    Thoughts from people who have been?
    Amwrider: May the fleas of a thousand camels infest their genitalia and may their arms be too short to scratch.



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr. 30, 2002
    Location
    Looking up
    Posts
    6,362

    Default

    Not a move up course IMO
    "Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring." -- Emerson
    www.eventhorse.wordpress.com



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct. 22, 2001
    Posts
    5,373

    Default

    I rode it last year. I have personal reasons for disliking Fair Hill, but I don't think it's a particularly hard Preliminary XC. That being said, the ground is often quite hard there, and I thought their SJ was a bit challenging. On XC, first half is pretty small, middle has some decent sized jumps, and then the end isn't huge. First four fences are galloping table/roll top type things, the corner is set on a line, so the jump in over a table sets you up. Rolltop or oxer and then jump through the quarry/downbank combination. Couple of gallop jumps, bigish ditch and wall, the bottom loop with another corner (off a turn), then up to the water which I recall as being a bit trappy and not very invitng, but not particularly technical. Over to the coffin which has terrain but is fairly inviting. Unless they've changed it up quite a bit, I don't recall that there were many combinations on it.



  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar. 30, 2007
    Location
    Hollowed out volcano in the South Pacific.
    Posts
    12,084

    Default

    Someone is feeling awfully ambitious lately.
    Thus do we growl that our big toes have, at this moment, been thrown up from below!



  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan. 19, 2005
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    13,783

    Default

    The Aug. course is usually the easiest course for the Fair Hill events (April is a very different story). I've always considered it a fairly straight forward Prelim and wouldn't have any issues moving a horse up at it (assuming they were well prepared). I like the flow of the land and have typically been able to get a good gallop rhythm going on their courses...but the footing at the Aug. event can be very hard as are many of the summer events. I have been there in Aug. when it rained...and the footing was perfect...but unfortunately, no way to predict if that will happen again!

    I was hoping to be there this year with a Prelim horse....but they are now limping so I think we are out for a while.
    ** The difference between genius and stupidity is genius has its limits. -- Albert Einstein **



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr. 7, 2004
    Location
    NoVa
    Posts
    5,487

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by LexInVA View Post
    Someone is feeling awfully ambitious lately.
    Just asking......
    Amwrider: May the fleas of a thousand camels infest their genitalia and may their arms be too short to scratch.



  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar. 27, 2009
    Posts
    76

    Default

    Hard ground but not a hard Prelim course. Hasn't changed much, if at all.
    Last edited by blazing saddles; Jul. 10, 2009 at 02:27 PM.



  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr. 7, 2004
    Location
    NoVa
    Posts
    5,487

    Default

    Thanks--very helpful!

    Recommedations on a close/cheap place to stay?
    Amwrider: May the fleas of a thousand camels infest their genitalia and may their arms be too short to scratch.



  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct. 22, 2001
    Posts
    5,373

    Default

    The Motel 6 is fine. Not fancy, but fine for a night or so and they allow dogs. Many folks stay there.



  10. #10
    Join Date
    Apr. 7, 2004
    Location
    NoVa
    Posts
    5,487

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by GotSpots View Post
    The Motel 6 is fine. Not fancy, but fine for a night or so and they allow dogs. Many folks stay there.
    Gracias.
    Doggies will stay home.
    You and Al going up?
    Amwrider: May the fleas of a thousand camels infest their genitalia and may their arms be too short to scratch.



  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jan. 19, 2005
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    13,783

    Default

    If you want to be very cheap...it is a good place to camp. The bathrooms have showers.
    ** The difference between genius and stupidity is genius has its limits. -- Albert Einstein **



  12. #12
    Join Date
    Apr. 7, 2004
    Location
    NoVa
    Posts
    5,487

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by bornfreenowexpensive View Post
    If you want to be very cheap...it is a good place to camp. The bathrooms have showers.
    Ummm, in August? Nahhh.

    Plus I have a friend who very kindly offered to come with me, so I need to be nice in return and get a hotel room. heh.
    Amwrider: May the fleas of a thousand camels infest their genitalia and may their arms be too short to scratch.



  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jan. 22, 2007
    Location
    Around the beltway..MD
    Posts
    1,105

    Default

    The Best Western is a super super nice hotel to stay at - that's just a 10min drive. There is also a Holiday Inn express which is nice too.. but the BW is my fav.

    Proud owner of a Spicy mare!!



Similar Threads

  1. Fair Hill Prelim in April
    By piaffeprincess98 in forum Eventing
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: Feb. 17, 2012, 07:23 AM
  2. Fair Hill- Training and Prelim?
    By tldickinson in forum Eventing
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: Jan. 9, 2011, 07:29 PM
  3. Prelim x-country courses: Fair Hill vs Waredaca?
    By Dr. Doolittle in forum Eventing
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: Jun. 25, 2010, 10:52 PM
  4. Fair Hill. Who's going?
    By Jazzy Lady in forum Eventing
    Replies: 74
    Last Post: Oct. 15, 2009, 07:42 AM
  5. About My Day At Fair Hill
    By retreadeventer in forum Eventing
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: Oct. 20, 2008, 01:46 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
randomness