Maryland Competitions Need to Know News for the 2021 Competition Season

Maryland 5 Star Set to Run! As of press, the inau-

gural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill is a go! “We don’t know for sure what the spectator options will be at this point, but we are mov- ing ahead with the event for 2021,” said Maryland 5 Star Media and Commu- nications Director Chris

Daley. T e addition of the Maryland 5 Star to the FEI calendar creates a spring and fall fi ve- star opportunity here in the U.S. In December 2020, the FEI offi cially granted

the fi ve-star status to the Fair Hill event af- ter evaluating the facility during its test event in August 2020. T e test event, and now the fi ve-star, is held at the facility’s new Fair Hill Special Event Zone. “T e fi ve-star designation is the top level of our sport and in turn, there is an extensive evaluation process that takes place in order to host such an event,” said Ca- trin Norinder, Director FEI Olympic Games and Eventing. “Despite the challenges 2020 has presented, the organizers have made tre- mendous strides and met the necessary require- ments to date, and the FEI Eventing Commit- tee supported its inclusion in the FEI calendar.” T e process to become a fi ve-star is long in-

deed, and for Fair Hill started back in 2017. T at is when the USEF selected Fair Hill as a potential host site for the world’s newest CCI5*- L competition. Construction for Phase One of the project was completed last year with the new cross-country course designed by Ian Stark of Great Britain. T e event was supposed to run last fall but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pan- demic, organizers decided to defer for one year. T e Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill is scheduled

for October 14-17 and will benefi t the Mary- land Food Bank. T e Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofi t, hunger-relief organization dedicated to feeding people, strengthening communities and ending hunger for Marylanders. In preparation for the big event, the Mary- land 5 Star at Fair Hill has added a few team members with event industry veteran Dan Laufer and equestrian industry veteran Connie Sawyer. Laufer will serve as the event’s Direc- tor of Operations with Sawyer as its Broadcast Production Director. In addition, Kaityln McNerney has been pro- moted to Event Director-Partnerships & Ex- periential, Kaleigh Collett has been promoted to Event Manager-Marketing, Promotion & Competition Management, and Marissa Mel- zer has been promoted to Event Manager-Op- erations, Tickets & Hospitality. Keep checking and future Equi- | 800-244-9580

ery issues for updates and announcements as we get closer to the big event!

Carroll Co Western Circuit Changes Venue

T e Carroll County Western Circuit will run

all its 2021 competitions out of the Carroll County Agriculture Center and Shipley Arena in Westminster. CCWC off ers shows for all levels and ages of riders, from April through September. T e club also off ers clinics and seminars year-round.

PVDA Creates Schooling Show Championship Competition

T e Potomac Valley Dressage Association is piloting a Schooling Show Championship for Second Level and below this year. T e cham- pionship show will be held in conjunction with the Chapter Challenge in November. In order to qualify, riders must be PVDA

members with scores from the Intro B/C and Tests 2/3 (for Training through Second lev- els) to count. Scores must be earned at PVDA schooling shows or PVDA Chapter shows. At championships, riders will compete rid- ing the Intro B test or Test 2 for the other lev- els. T ere will also be a Freestyle Championship class. More information can be found at

Area II Honors Packy McGaughan

back out and compete. “It also eliminated the point chasing – encouraging riders to ride bet- ter, rather more often,” she added. T is idea of riding better, not just more of-

ten, was a concept at the core of the late Packy McGaughan’s training program. “What we were basically asking was for individual rider excellence in performance – something Packy McGaughan was all about,” Covey said. She then reached out to his mother Judy and asked if they could name the new awards program in his honor to remember his legacy to eventing. “A trophy was not enough in our view – Packy was more than that to us,” Covey added. T us, the Area II Patrick McGaughan Me-

morial Excellence Awards was launched. T is past February, the Area II Council voted to continue with the new “best score” system. “No more point chasing, thanks to Packy and his commitment to excellence,” Covey stated. T e USEA has followed suit and starting with the 2021 competition season, will also be implementing a new year-end awards point system that emphasizes

quality over quan-

tity. See later this month for a full breakdown of the new USEA point system.

Coexist Launches Colonial Classic Qualifying Series

Coexist Stables in Mt. Airy is hosting a se-

ries this year specifi cally pointed towards the Colonial Classic. T e owners of Coexist stated that they created the series because there were no venues off ering qualifying classes that were within a reasonable drive to their area. “We wanted to accommodate the people who would like to qualify, and help the people at the lower levels gain the show experience they need in order to be competitive at this level,” Elizabeth Tonti of Coexist said. To qualify to attend the Colonial Classic,

With the 2020 eventing season coming to

a crashing halt last March, the United States Eventing Association’s Area II Chair, Melissa Stubenberg, consulted with the Area II awards committee to come up with a new plan for the 2020 awards program. “We thought we’d have to cancel the whole program for the year,” said Area II Awards Coordinator Holly Covey. In- stead, they came up with a new plan. “Essentially, we took the riders’ ending scores and averaged them,” Covey explained. “We felt this would help those who could not travel to compete or were unable to ride due to barn shutdowns early in the season.” Covey said the new point system wasn’t perfect but the com- mittee felt it was the fairest way to handle the shortened season and encourage people to get

riders must attend three of the series shows to earn points. T e shows at Coexist will off er 16 divisions, including jumper classes.

New Kathy Easter-Knott Scholarship T e Southern Maryland Quarter Horse Asso-

ciation has created a new scholarship in memory of member Kathy Easter-Knott, who died in December 2020. According to SMQHA, “the scholarship will be for a deserving youth mem- ber who has an undeniable passion for the horse world and serves their community.” T e scholar- ship is to be used to aid in the cost of college or the expense of horse related activities. SMQHA will select one youth member based

on the following criteria: 1. Must be a current youth member of SMQHA; 2. Obtain one letter of recommendation from


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