A new feature class will make its debut this year at the Dansko Fair Hill International Festival In The Country, October 18-21st in Elkton, Maryland. The PRO Bareback Show Jumping Challenge presented by Zurich Insurance, BW Furlong & Associates and Furlong's Health Horse will challenge some of the nation's top riders to jump a short course without saddles. The 3'3" course, designed by Sally Ike, will be run as a speed class and include an optional 'joker fence' set at 3'6" for riders who choose to tempt fate and gain an advantage to win. A prize purse of $2,000 is available thanks to the generous support of the co-presenting sponsors.
This is the first time that this type of challenge has been organized at Fair Hill: "We've had a lot of fun putting on the Shetland Pony Races for the last couple of years, but we thought it was time for a change," said Samantha Lendl, executive director of PRO. "We organize the Bareback Puissance at Plantation Field International, which has grown incredibly popular and has established a real following, and we hope to have the Bareback Show Jumping Challenge bring the same sort of excitement to the Dansko Fair Hill International Festival In The Country."
The PRO Bareback Show Jumping Challenge will take place on Sunday, October 21st during the lunch break just prior to the CCI*** show jumping, which is the USEF Fall CCI*** National Championship and also a part of the 2012 PRO Tour Series. It will feature event riders Laine Ashker, Doug Payne, Danny Warrington, Dom Schramm.
The Dansko Fair Hill International Festival In The Country has a wide variety of activities throughout the weekend for families and spectators to enjoy as well as a well as the Country Shops trade fair.
Admission for children under 12, Pony Club Members with Pin, 4-H Members with ID, and Military Members and their dependents with ID are free. To purchase tickets and directions, please visit http://www.fairhillinternational.com/attendance.