It’s hard to believe, but we’re just over three weeks until the MARS Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill presented by Brown Advisory kicks off from October 13-16. We did a first look at the entries for the CCI5*-L and the CCI3*-L earlier this month, but with entries since closing on September 13th, it’s time to do another roundup and get excited for what’s to come!
With 24 entries in the CCI5*-L, there are fewer entries than their inaugural event in 2021, but it’s a strong field nonetheless. We’ll see experienced partnerships such as Olympians Phillip Dutton and Z, Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z and Cooley Quicksilver, reigning USEF National Champions Doug Payne and Quantum Leap, and Great Britain’s Harry Meade and Superstition.
Woods Baughman will bring C’est La Vie 135 out for another attempt at a fall 5* after ending his Burghley weekend early — the pair bounced back with a competitive finish in Unionville this weekend and are all systems go for round two at Maryland.
For silver medal-winning Team USA, we’ll also see Will Coleman with DonDante, Lauren Nicholson with Landmark’s Monte Carlo, and Tamie Smith with Danito. At this juncture, we will not see Boyd Martin return to defend his 2021 title won at the inaugural Maryland 5 Star — he’s got Fedarman B aiming for Boekelo the weekend before instead — but he does have a handful of entries in the Young Event Horse finals and 3*-L.
We also have one 5* first-timers on the entry list: Zach Brandt and Direct Advance. We’ll also welcome Australian rider Hayley Frielick for her first 5* stateside with Dunedin Black Watch. This will be this horse’s 5* debut, but Hayley has previously done the Adelaide 5*, finishing 10th at its last running in 2019 with Class Action LP.
Maryland 5 Star also offers the USEF National CCI3* Championship, which will see 76 entries, along with East Coast Young Event Horse Championships for 4- and 5-Year-Olds; these divisions currently have a total of 95 entries between them.