After an inaugural running that included Boyd Martin becoming the first U.S. winner of a five-star event since 2008, the Mars Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill returns to Elkton, Maryland, Oct. 12-16.
While Martin doesn’t have a horse entered in the five-star this year, there are many heavy hitters in the field, including Great Britain’s Oliver Townend (As Is), New Zealand’s Tim Price (Coup De Coeur Dudevin), Great Britain’s Harry Meade (Superstition), and France’s Astier Nicolas (Babylon De Gamma). Phillip Dutton brings his veteran Z. Will Coleman (Dondante), Tamie Smith (Danito) and Lauren Nicholson (Landmark’s Monte Carlo), all of whom were on the silver-medal winning team at the FEI Eventing World Championship (Italy) in September, each have a horse entered.
In addition to the five-star action, the three-star serves as the USEF CCI3*-L Eventing National Championship.
• Wednesday, Oct. 12: The first horse inspection begins for the three-star division at 12:15 p.m. and the five-star at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
• Thursday, Oct. 13: Dressage for the three-star will take place 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; five-star dressage will run 2-4 p.m. The 4-year-old YEH champs will complete competition with dressage and conformation from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., jumping and galloping from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and awards at 4:30 p.m. The 5-year-old dressage and conformation will take place 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Friday, Oct. 14: Dressage continues, once again starting with the CCI3*-L at 8:30 a.m. before five-star competitors take over at 2 p.m. The 5-year-old YEH championship concludes with jumping and galloping from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and awards at 5 p.m.
• Saturday, Oct. 15: Cross-country day starts at 9:30 a.m. with the three-star division scheduled until 12:30 p.m. The five-star cross-country begins at 2 p.m. and should run until 4.
• Sunday, Oct. 16: The second horse inspection begins at 8 a.m. with the three-star jogging first, followed by the five-star at 9 a.m.. Show jumping for the CCI3*-L will be from 9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with riders going in reverse order of placing, followed by an awards ceremony. The five-star is scheduled to jump 2-3 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony.
The full schedule, including details of the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championship for 4- and 5-year-olds that is happening Thursday and Friday in conjunction with the event, is available here.
Entries: Check a list of entries.
Tickets: Tickets for all admission levels are still available and can be purchased here.
Where you can watch: You can watch the livestream on USEF Network. A USEF membership is required. You can get a free fan membership with the promo code Maryland22 to watch live.
How to follow along: The Chronicle will be on-site to bring you everything you need to know at coth.com, so you don’t have to miss a minute of the action. You can find all our coverage of the event in one spot, and you also can follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. You can read more in-depth coverage in the Nov. 7 issue of the Chronicle.
Want to get to know them better? Go behind the stall door with us to meet some of the horses entered
- Woods Baughman’s C’est La Vie 135
- Hannah Sue Hollberg’s Harbour Pilot
- Lisa Marie Fergusson’s Honor Me
- Doug Payne’s Quantum Leap