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.
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 Luhmühlen; 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.
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