We just keep getting more and more excited for the MARS Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Presented by Brown Advisory, as we now see an exciting addition to the 5* entry list in World #1 Oliver Townend with his mount As Is.
As Is is a relatively new mount for Townend, with the partnership starting their FEI career earlier this year with an 8th place finish in the CCI 3*S at Floors Castle. Townend and As Is have competed in four FEI events together, finishing in the top 10 at each. However, this will be As Is’ 5* debut.
Finishing in second place at the 2021 Maryland 5*, Townend is looking forward to being back: “I’m excited to be returning to the U.S. for the Mars Maryland 5 Star,” Townend said. “I thoroughly enjoyed the event last year and maybe I can move up a notch this time!”
We also see the addition of French Olympian Astier Nicolas with Babylon de Gamma, a partnership coming off of a CCI 4*S win at Blair Castle in August.