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  • Fair Hill

    Is anyone there? Do you know what is going on? I see a lot of RF, and then it seems to have stopped. Was there a serious accident?
    Another killer of threads

  • #2
    I'm not there, but my friend just finished her xc at intermediate a couple minutes ago. In touch with her support crew by text and they haven't mentioned injuries or long delays. If you're watching live score on event entries, they don't update very regularly.

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    • #3
      She did her stadium over an hour ago and that's not up yet.

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      • #4
        Wi Fi is iffy there, and there's usually a break when they switch from jumping at Gallaher Rd to at the Sawmill Field (I think between the ** and Intermediate). I only see a couple of RFs.

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        • #5
          One of the RFs is Phillip Dutton ... don't see that very often!

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            #6
            ell, I saw 3 or 4 RF in a division of about 15. That seems high as these aren't pony club. I also don't know about the weather conditions. There was a long pause in the scoring so I didn't know if maybe someone had been injured. Usually EN is all over this stuff.
            Another killer of threads

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            • #7
              I am curious about what fence/fences were causing the issues in the three star...I saw that Boyd had a stop with Long island T.

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              • #8
                I don't see more than two in any one division. Do you mean the Rs in the ***? Pretty sure those are all Rolex horses having a school.

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                  #9
                  I think I was looking at Sparrow's Nio, and thinking that was xc. You are correct. As an armchair spectator, I am getting so spoiled, being able to follow these big events, mostly watching online, that when you can't, it is just frustrating. Thank you guys for your replies.
                  Another killer of threads

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                  • #10
                    Does EN have any cross-country coverage up for Fair Hill? Photos, descriptions? I am not seeing it. See a couple of articles from Twin Rivers, not for FH. It looks like the last real journalistic update is from dressage on Friday.

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                    • #11
                      They seem to have decided to divide events up between "major" and not major and have decided that the Ocala event this weekend is the major one and that Fair Hill, in spite of it being Fair Hill, is not major and thus not deserving of coverage. Which is super weird because I don't remember them intentionally ignoring competitions in past years, although I did note that they ignored the Chat Hills 3 star completely until after the event while devoting enormous coverage to Tryon. Maybe they have less staff than in the past or maybe they're making an editorial decision to promote certain events over the others. Who knows.
                      If you look at their Score links they actually have a category for "Major" events. Ha ha-who knew that Ocala was a major.

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                      • #12
                        I worked all day on Saturday, first at show jumping on the Gallaher side, then stripping the XC fences of decorations and clocked about 10 hours.
                        I read these complaints about not getting information immediately at your fingertips and think, where are you? Are you in the scoring trailer, where my friends are working like fiends in 80 degree weather without fans or airconditioning. They are scoring as fast as they can. They are sending results to the main office at the Fairgrounds, and my friends in the office do NOTHING but post the scores as soon as they are approved. The wifi was not from a service like your house or apartment, but from Mary or Bambi's phone, connected to the computers.
                        They input like fiends. They proof like fiends. They work hard to do the numbers for hundreds of competitors.
                        The fact that you can't see it online does not mean they aren't working hard doing their jobs. Denise, who did the scoring in the trailer at Gallaher, is a volunteer who likes doing it and if we didn't have a ton of Denises doing it we wouldn't have a sport.
                        There was nothing wrong with the course, no one had difficulties except some people had some falls that for the most part were pop offs. There was one fall in stadium when there was a miscommunication about the triple bar but both walked right past me and were not hurt except pride from what I could see! I think Allie was a little mad, though!
                        The Gallaher courses were fairly stiff and I did not speak with one upper level rider who felt they were not appropriate, right for the day and for the time of season, inviting and worth doing for their horses. While the fences were not as big as fall, the track was a bit longer than it normally is in April and added the water in the far field this year as well. In addition, Derek added the upper sunken road back in with an angled brush on the out for the 2 star and intermediate, and a bounce out for the three star and advanced.
                        It was really a fun course to watch, and while some pairs looked confident, others worked a little harder and weren't as smooth, which seems to be quite typical of any decent Advanced/Intermediate CIC competitions. Some riders missed jumps on purpose because they are planning something else for the horse, or pulled up after the water, or didn't do XC like Z, or whatever reason. Don't read much into it - it's a Rolex prep or a Jersey Fresh prep for a lot and I think they set up the competition knowing that is the case, that's the reason they offer the CT at the advanced for these horses.
                        Using the Gallaher side for jumping and xc was kind of nice. I could see XC and show jumping there at the same time going on of the A and I levels - really nice for spectating.
                        Proud & Permanent Student Of The Long Road
                        Read me: EN (http://eventingnation.com/author/annemarch/) and HJU (http://horsejunkiesunited.com/author/holly-covey/)

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                        • #13
                          I don't think anyone was really complaining, just curious and hoping nothing bad had happened.

                          I wish I could have gone over on Saturday--it sounds like it would have been a lot of fun. And my trainer was in the advanced prepping for her first not-Rolex. But I went XC schooling instead. #horseworldproblems

                          I did run over and watch my trainers dressage test Friday, and then walked the training course just to see how it looked. I thought it was pretty inviting. Hoping XC schooling doesn't get rained out Tuesday!

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                            #14
                            I wasn't complaining about Fair Hill, I was more or less murmuring about EN as they are usually everywhere. I was surprised they weren't covering it.
                            Another killer of threads

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Larksmom View Post
                              I wasn't complaining about Fair Hill, I was more or less murmuring about EN as they are usually everywhere. I was surprised they weren't covering it.
                              Here ya go- from this morning at 11am:

                              http://eventingnation.com/matt-flynn...air-hill-cic3/

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                              • #16
                                I didn't see complaining - I think it's a fair question to ask "how's it going at Fair Hill?" I think it would be far more alarming if no one cared enough to ask.

                                If EN decided Fair Hill didn't matter so much, I am beyond shocked. Given the chance, I'd go spectate at Fair Hill over any other event in the country on the same weekend. Isn't FH approved for the 4* next year, or sometime?

                                Well whatever. I wasn't following the other events, just FH. Looking forward to more info being posted here, if this is the only place to hear what it was really like this time.

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                                • #17
                                  Actually the EN managing editor herself was riding and competing! Courses were awesome. Everyone should have come and watched. I thought it was one of the best in years there and I've seen them all - this is my 20th year volunteering.
                                  Proud & Permanent Student Of The Long Road
                                  Read me: EN (http://eventingnation.com/author/annemarch/) and HJU (http://horsejunkiesunited.com/author/holly-covey/)

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                                  • #18
                                    Quite a few of the RFs are those riding multiple horses.
                                    https://www.youtube.com/user/jealoushe

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                                    • #19
                                      I don't understand this post by retreadeventer. No one complained about those working at Fair Hill; rather, they were inquiring about scores and making sure nothing serious had happened.

                                      I have always loved Fair Hill, but as someone associated with an equine business, who receives letters asking for sponsorship every year for the Fair Hill fall event, this type of behavior really discourages those of us who would donate from doing so, especially after the blog this poster wrote last fall (http://eventingnation.com/if-youre-n...t-get-to-talk/).

                                      My husband and I always feel that the horse business should be no different than any other business, with customers treated courteously. But for some reason, there are some people associated with shows and events who feel that they have a right to chastise and talk down to their own customers.

                                      I don't care how much you volunteer, donate, or give to a sport or event. If you can't treat others who also love the sport with kindness and graciousness, none of that matters.


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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by KellyS View Post
                                        I don't understand this post by retreadeventer. No one complained about those working at Fair Hill; rather, they were inquiring about scores and making sure nothing serious had happened.

                                        I have always loved Fair Hill, but as someone associated with an equine business, who receives letters asking for sponsorship every year for the Fair Hill fall event, this type of behavior really discourages those of us who would donate from doing so, especially after the blog this poster wrote last fall (http://eventingnation.com/if-youre-n...t-get-to-talk/).

                                        My husband and I always feel that the horse business should be no different than any other business, with customers treated courteously. But for some reason, there are some people associated with shows and events who feel that they have a right to chastise and talk down to their own customers.

                                        I don't care how much you volunteer, donate, or give to a sport or event. If you can't treat others who also love the sport with kindness and graciousness, none of that matters.

                                        I understand your point, but that's such a shame. One COTH poster does not speak for FHI (nor do I).

                                        I was concerned to when I saw a lag in the scores, not because I was sitting around being greedy about scores, but because I was afraid something had happened. I'm glad nothing did!

                                        Fair Hill has always been my favorite event, I volunteer many places but I always did there the most. There's been some changes and I honestly don't feel as welcome anymore, or maybe I just don't feel like I'm treated as well. I don't want to go into much without specific people thinking I'm directing my comments to them. I agree with your post KellyS.

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