Hope Springs Eternal: A Glimpse at Maryland CCI5* Updates on Cross Country

Photo via Major League Eventing on Facebook.

While the fate of summer and fall eventing hangs very much in flux right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, we still hold onto a pinky full of hope that we’ll yet see the first running of the new Maryland CCI5* at Fair Hill in Elkton, Md. The event, scheduled for October 15-18, currently stands alone as the only North American five-star to run in 2020, should things return to some semblance of normalcy in time.

In the meantime, Rob and Karen Bowersox of Major League Eventing went out for a spin around the developing cross country track, designed by Ian Stark and built by Eric Bull/ETB Construction, treated us to a glimpse at the latest updates:

Top secret spy photos of the new Maryland 5* at Fair Hill! After walking this course the terrain will be a great test…

Posted by Major League Eventing on Sunday, March 22, 2020

The terrain will undoubtedly play a hefty role for riders on course:

A little glimpse of how the undulating terrain at Fair Hill will test the competition and will surely make the Maryland…

Posted by Major League Eventing on Sunday, March 22, 2020

The USEA’s Jessica Duffy recently sat down with Ian Stark to discuss the development of the track, which will contain plenty of “rider frightener” fences (this quote should give you a hint: “To put it bluntly – frighten the **** out of the riders and make it safe for the horses”).

Take a look at some other recent development and construction updates from Fair Hill:

It was a beautiful day in Fair Hill to wander about, checking out the new Maryland 5 Star cross country features built…

Posted by Fair Hill International on Saturday, February 22, 2020

Awesome aerial photos taken THIS MORNING by Steve Horah!!

Posted by Maryland 5 Star on Friday, January 31, 2020

Organizers have released a statement informing followers that, as of now, plans continue full steam ahead for the inaugural event with full precautions being taken in the meantime. We hope to see you all in Maryland this fall!