Leaders from the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) will attend the National Steeplechase Association’s Board of Directors meeting on Aug. 3 at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., to brief members about the exciting plans to renovate Fair Hill Race Course.
Part of the organization’s vision, which emanated from a study completed in 2015, is to expand racing opportunities at Fair Hill and to make the site a true national home for steeplechasing with added training and educational facilities.
The plan places the Stadium Authority, which oversees Camden Yards Sports Complex, home of the Baltimore Orioles, and M & T Stadium, home of the Ravens, in charge of construction and project management of the property in conjunction with the equestrian organizations headquartered there, the newly formed Fair Hill Foundation, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Fair Hill has been the NSA’s national headquarters since 1989. Initial plans include widening the turns and irrigating the racetrack and erecting a new grandstand and judges tower.
Among the leaders attending are Tom Kelso, Chair of the Maryland Stadium Authority; Michael Frenz, the organization’s Executive Director; Terry Hasseltine, Executive Director of Maryland Sports and Vice President of the organization; and Todd Gralla, Director for Equestrian Services for Populous, an international sports design firm and Stadium Authority consultant to the Fair Hill project.
The Fair Hill renovation is part of a larger plan by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and the Maryland Horse Industry Board to develop a horse park system throughout the state in order to grow and insure the equine industry’s future.