Articles: Press Release
Olympic Gold Medalists Head Entry List at
Fair Hill International
Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810,
Fair Hill, MD—October 12, 2001—Olympic Gold Medalists David O’Connor and
Phillip Dutton head the list of world-class eventing competitors entered in
this year’s Fair Hill International CCI***, October 25-28 at the Natural
Resources Area in Fair Hill, MD.
O’Connor, who won the individual Gold Medal in eventing at the
2000 Sydney Olympic Games, will be seeking his fourth title at the Fair Hill
International. He is entered to compete on five mounts, Grand Teton, Tigger
Too, The Native, Fox in Flight, and Rattle ‘N Hum, the horse he rode to the
Fair Hill Championship in 1999. O’Connor won the Fair Hill International
title in 1993, 1997 and 1999. He also won the USET Fall Championship at Fair
Hill in 1995 when he placed second to Australia’s David Green.
Dutton, who won team Gold Medals at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic
Games, won the championship at Fair Hill in 1996 and 2000. The Australian
looks forward to another showdown with his American friend O’Connor. Dutton
is entered to compete aboard House Doctor, Horton Who, and Caman Went.
“David and I enjoy competing against each other,” Dutton said. “Fair Hill
is an event where we have both done well and I know we’re looking forward to
meeting there this year.”
Fresh off her Blenheim Petplan International Three Day Event CCI*** victory
in Woodstock, England last month, Kimberly Vinoski of Scottsville, VA, will
also vie for the Fair Hill title. Vinoski, who finished third at Fair Hill
last year, is entered to compete with two horses, Winsome Adante and Jerry
Sydney Olympic veteran Julie Burns of Newnan, GA will also compete for the
prestigious title, as will John Williams of Middleburg, VA who rode for the
USET in the 1991 Pan American Championship.
The Fair Hill International will see a record number of eventers this year,
with riders representing Ireland, Mexico, Canada and Finland, as well as
Australia and the United States.
The Fair Hill International hosts the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Fall
Eventing Championship CCI***, one of just two three-star competitions held
annually in the United States, and a variety of prestigious driving
competitions: the USET Four-In-Hand Driving Championship; the AHSA Single
Horse Driving Championship; the AHSA National Combined Driving Pony
Championships; and the final leg of the Jaguar Triple Crown of Driving,
presented by Driving Essentials/Glinkowski Carriages. The Fair Hill
International also serves as a USET selection trial for the 2002
Four-In-Hand and Singles Driving World Championships, to be held in Jerez,
Spain and Conty, France, respectively.
While taking a break from the equestrian competition, visitors will be able
to enjoy the variety of shopping and dining opportunities at the Fair Hill
International Festival in the Country. The Country Shops feature vendors of
tack, artwork, pet needs and fine apparel for a unique opportunity to get a
jump on holiday shopping. The Fair Hill Club provides a fine dining
experience, while others seeking a more casual snack or meal will enjoy Blue
Marlin Catering’s pubs around the Fair Hill grounds and the classic Maryland
The Equine Health Pavilion, sponsored by Cosequin, will feature educational
opportunities with experts from the New Bolton Center at The University of
Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Smartpak (custom packager of
daily supplements for equine feed), and Pennfield Feed together with
Kentucky Equine Research, a leading equine nutrition, research and
consultation company. Talks, demonstrations, and autograph sessions with
international stars of eventing and combined driving will round out the
opportunities in the Equine Health Pavilion.
Tickets for the Fair Hill International are available by the day, or as a
four-day pass. On Thursday and Friday, tickets are $8.00 per person;
Saturday’s admission fee is $12.00; Sunday’s is $10.00. A Four-Day Pass is
only $30 per person. Children under 12 are admitted free. Parking is
$5.00 per car.
The Fair Hill International is sponsored by Cosequin, the United States
Equestrian Team, Banner Life Insurance, Bit of Britain, First Union Private
Capital Management, Glenmede Trust, Jaguar, Nawpac, Outback Performance Wear
with Gore-Tex Fabric by Outback Trading Company, Ltd., Pennfield Feeds,
Practical Horseman, Scudder Financial Services, Southern States Cooperative,
Supracor, Thornhill Enterprises, and Thoroughbred Charities of America, Ltd.
For more information on the Fair Hill International, or to order tickets,
please call (410) 398-2111 or visit