28 Horses (So Far!), Four Nations, Stiff Competition: Your First Look at the Maryland CCI5* Entries

Piggy March and Brookfield Cavalier Cruise. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Entries officially closed yesterday for this year’s MARS Maryland 5 Star, presented by Brown Advisory, but we’ve been continuing to see exciting names trickle in throughout today, because nobody hates a deadline quite like an eventer. As of midday today — Wednesday, September 21 — we’ve got 28 entries from four nations in the CCI5*-L, plus great entries in the CCI3*-L and Young Event Horse classes. Some of the highlights we’ve seen pop up on the five-star line-up? 2021 Pau winners Tim Price and Falco, who were also double bronze medallists at the World Championships last year; Oliver Townend’s Blenheim eight- and nine-year-old champ Cooley Rosalent; Ireland’s Austin O’Connor and Colorado Blue, who were the fastest pair around a seriously tough Badminton this spring; New Zealand’s Caroline Powell and her seriously cool Paris hopeful Greenacres Special Cavalier; William Fox-Pitt and his Badminton top-fifteen finisher Grafennacht; and Piggy March and her ten-year-old Thoresby CCI4*-S winner Brookfield Cavalier Cruise, who’ll be making his five-star debut here.

Boyd Martin and Luke 140. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

And let’s not forget about the US contingent — Boyd Martin has now got two horses on the list in Contessa, who was fourteenth at Kentucky this spring, and Luke 140, who was fourth at Luhm├╝hlen; Phillip Dutton’s all in for a five-star debut for the utterly delectable mare Azure; and, as an honorary member of the US front, we’ve got newly-relocated Monica Spencer and her excellent ex-racehorse Artist, who impressed us so much at Pratoni last year.

Here’s how the CCI5* line-up is looking so far:

  • Arielle Aharoni and Dutch Times
  • Zachary Brandt and Direct Advance
  • Buck Davidson and Sorocaima
  • Phillip Dutton and Azure
  • Mia Farley and Phelps
  • Jacob Fletcher and Fabian
  • Matt Flynn and Wizzerd
  • William Fox-Pitt and Grafennacht (GBR)
  • Emily Hamel and Corvett
  • Lillian Heard Wood and LCC Barnaby
  • Hannah Sue Hollberg and Capitol HIM
  • Erin Kanara and Campground
  • Sarah Kuhn and Mr Cash van de Start
  • Piggy March and Brookfield Cavalier Cruise (GBR)
  • Boyd Martin and Contessa
  • Boyd Martin and Luke 140
  • Andrew McConnon and Ferrie’s Cello
  • Bobby Meyerhoff and Lumumba
  • Austin O’Connor and Colorado Blue (IRL)
  • Doug Payne and Quantum Leap
  • Caroline Powell and Greenacres Special Cavalier (NZL)
  • Tim Price and Falco (NZL)
  • Jennie Saville and Twilightslastgleam
  • Lexi Scovil and Chico’s Man VDF Z
  • Booli Selmayr and Millfield Lancando
  • Sydney Solomon and Early Review C
  • Monica Spencer and Artist (NZL)
  • Oliver Townend and Cooley Rosalent (GBR)

You can keep an eye on entries as they continue to come in here — or bookmark this post, and we’ll keep you updated on any new additions to the line-up.

Fancy catching all the action in person? Head to the MARS Maryland 5 Star box office to get your hands on day or week passes, as well as plenty of truly delightful hospitality and VIP options.

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