Welcome to Maryland week! We are buzzing over here at EN ahead of this first-time CCI5*, which will be held at Fair Hill in Elkton, Md. beginning this Thursday. The event has just completed the draw of order for both the USEF National CCI3*-L Championship as well as the CCI5*, and we now know who we’ll see cantering down centerline for the very first time come Thursday.
Leading the way in the CCI5* will be Buck Davidson with Katherine O’Brien’s 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding Carlevo (Eurocommerce Caresino – Ramatuelle, by Levernois), making his third start at the level. Buck is one of five riders in this division with multiple rides, and he’s the only rider with three horses (he’ll also ride Kat and Roberto Cuca’s Jak My Style as well as Cassie Segal, Lisa Darden and Natalie Sandler’s Errol Gobey).
In the USEF CCI3*-L National Championship, Allison Springer will be the trailblazer aboard the Rico Syndicate LLC’s Vandyke. Allison is one of six riders in the 3*-L with two horses.
The full drawn order for the CCI5* is as follows:
The schedule for the Maryland 5 Star has been coordinated to allow for both FEI divisions as well as the Young Event Horse divisions to run concurrently. The CCI5* will be the highlight of each day, running in the afternoon for all three phases. Dressage will begin at 1 p.m. EST on Thursday and Friday. Full schedule:
Still need tickets? They are still available for advance purchase! Click here for more. If you aren’t in the area/aren’t able to travel, you’ll be able to watch the Maryland 5 Star on USEF Network as well as on Horse&Country outside of the U.S. Click here for more live stream info.
EN is also pleased and honored to be the provider of the Digital Program for the Maryland 5 Star this week — look for that to launch in the coming days! You can also sign up to receive our Daily Digest email newsletter, which will be sent each evening beginning Wednesday. Sign up here.
Both Abby Powell and myself will be on the ground in Maryland beginning Wednesday, and we’ll be joined throughout the week by Kate Samuels and Maggie Deatrick, with Tilly Berendt, Shelby Allen and Leslie Wylie supporting remotely. We look forward to sharing all the stories coming out of this brand-new CCI5* with you, and thank you as always for following along!
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