Friday Video from SmartPak: What’s the Buzz About the Maryland 5 Star Cross Country?

Ian Stark’s first CCI5* design has everyone buzzing here at the Maryland 5 Star — and for good reason. We’ve talked a lot about the course — you can take a closer look here — and we’re looking forward to following along tomorrow as the riders tackle it for the very first time. We caught up with Oliver Townend, Tim Price, Will Coleman, Buck Davidson, Fylicia Barr, Jessica Phoenix, Meghan O’Donoghue, Clayton Fredericks and Lynn Symansky to ask their thoughts on what they were expecting:

We also had the pleasure of getting to know course builder Eric Bull today, and you can watch his interview below. Spoiler alert: he’s been involved with this event nearly since day one, and says his favorite part of building is seeing all of the moving parts come together in the end.

Many, many people are involved in creating a cross country course. Eric Bull of ETB Equine Construction, LLC has been involved with the Maryland 5 Star since the beginning, helping bring Ian Stark’s vision into reality. He’s thrilled to be here for his first 5* build.

Edit: Apologies for the video cutting off near the end! Technical difficulties.

Posted by Eventing Nation on Friday, October 15, 2021