It’s basically Christmas in eventing land as tickets for the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill in Elkton, Md. have just gone on sale this morning. This will be the first spectator-friendly five-star of the 2021 season, as both Kentucky and this week’s Luhmühlen opting to forego spectators due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The Maryland 5 Star is scheduled to run October 14 through 17.
As numbers in the U.S. continue to fall and vaccine numbers continue to rise, things are looking positive for us to take in the new member of the elite club of five-star events in October. US Equestrian has kept a close watch on the pandemic and has in recent weeks loosened its restrictions on spectators are more states begin to open up.
The Maryland 5 Star promises to be one of those weekends that you circle on the calendar all the way back in January, stalking hotel prices and setting an alarm for ticket sales. With the USEF CCI3*-L National Championships as well as the East Coast Young Event Horse Championships planned to run alongside the CCI5* – and with exciting additions such as showcases/demos, a trade fair, live entertainment and plenty of food and drink to go around – this event is one you won’t want to miss.
There are several ticket options available, and it looks like the organizing team has pulled out all the stops in terms of identifying the best ways for spectators to take in the competition. Check out some of the options for seating:
To purchase your tickets (and we recommend doing so quickly – as we know, five-star tickets in these parts don’t stick around long!), visit maryland5star.us/tickets, where you’ll find options for General Admission, Reserved Seating and Premium Hospitality. If you’re looking for a spot in the trade fair, you can visit the Vendor Application here.
And stay tuned right here on EN for all of the latest Maryland 5 Star updates. We’re planning on a full team in Maryland this year and can’t wait to be there to experience this event for the first time with all of you.