Friday Video from SmartPak: Maryland 5 Star Virtual Event – Dressage Day

Photo courtesy of the Maryland 5-Star Event (and Virtual Event!)

We’d all love to be ringside today at the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill this weekend, but it wasn’t meant to be. At least we’re getting a sneak peak of it anyway — virtually!  The Fair Hill Organizing Committee (FHOC), an affiliate of the Sport & Entertainment Corporation of Maryland, is hosting the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill 2020 Virtual Event Oct.15-18 in place of the postponed event.

The virtual event, a part of Maryland Horse Month, features four days of exclusive content and footage from the new Fair Hill Special Event Zone. On Thursday we saw the “Opening Ceremony” (you can watch the replay here), and on Friday we got treated to a five-star dressage judging masterclass by two FEI “R” judges, Gretchen Butts (USA) and Helen Brittell (UK). Tamie Smith with Mai Baum and Laine Ashker with Atlas perform the FEI CCI5* dressage tests — you can watch their tests, download this dressage score card, and see how your scoring compares with Gretchen’s and Helen’s.

Be sure to tune into @Maryland5Star on Facebook and YouTube at 12 PM ET each day to join the fun! For more details and to sign up for notifications of all the latest updates visit

And please do mark your 2021 calendars for Oct. 14-17, when we’ll get to see the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill in its real-deal glory! We can’t wait.