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Steeplechase racing at Fair Hill (Tod Marks photo)

Fair Hill International (FHI) has been recommended by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to host the second CCI4* (4*) in the United States. The recommendation will be forwarded to the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) for a final decision in the fall.

The event, which would be first held in 2019, would be the culmination of an extensive renovation of the Maryland property and would include improvements to the historic Fair Hill Race Course, location of the Fair Hill Races each May.

In addition, the National Steeplechase Association headquarters is located on the Fair Hill property adjacent to the race course. The National Steeplechase Association’s board of directors will be updated on the renovation project by Maryland Stadium Authority officials at their Aug. 3 meeting in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The 4* is the pinnacle of the sport of eventing, also known as the equestrian triathlon. There are currently only six events of this level in the world, including the Rolex at the Kentucky Horse Park each spring. The USEF recommended Fair Hill for the CCI4* over Great Meadow in Virginia, where the Virginia Gold Cup and International Gold Cup races are staged each year.

“We are thrilled with the USEF’s announcement,” said Trish Gilbert, co-president of Fair Hill International. “Our team has worked really hard to bring the 4* to Fair Hill. It is an honor to be selected to put on an event of this caliber – to showcase Maryland and the beautiful Fair Hill terrain on a world stage.”

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