Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023

One Held At Mars Maryland 5 Star First Horse Inspection



Elkton, Md.—Oct. 18

Twenty-six horses were presented in the first horse inspection for the Mars Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill, and all 26 were accepted. Only one horse was sent to the hold box, Erin Kanara’s Campground, but the 16-year-old Thoroughbred passed upon re-inspection.

Tamie Smith and Liz Halliday-Sharp, who are part of the U.S. Eventing Team heading to Chile for the Pan American Games, were the judges for the Dubarry of Ireland Best Dressed Awards. They gave the awards to Oliver Townend of Great Britain and Monica Spencer of New Zealand.


The five-star riders will start dressage tomorrow at 2 p.m., with Ireland’s Austin O’Connor and Colorado Blue as the first to head down centerline.

Monica Spencer of New Zealand was awarded best dressed, going with a very New Zealand “all blacks” ensemble. She is riding Artist this weekend. Kimberly Loushin Photos
Great Britain’s Oliver Townend also earned best dressed with Cooley Rosalent.
Doug Payne and Quantum Leap with groom Sam Cuomo.
Five-star first timer Sarah Kuhn picked a bold outfit to present Mr. Cash Van De Start.
Emily Hamel and Corvett.
Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt has won more five-stars than any other rider, and he’s brought Grafennacht for a shot at the Maryland 5 Star title.
Phillip Dutton’s Azure.
Piggy March and Brookfield Cavalier Cruise.
Hannah Sue Hollberg and Capitol H I M.
Andrew McConnon will be contesting his first five-star with Ferrie’s Cello.
Sydney Solomon and Early Review C.

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