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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Fall Show Previews 2022

World #1 Oliver Townend Returning to MARS Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Presented by Brown Advisory

Baltimore, Maryland--Oliver Townend of Great Britain, ranked #1 on the FEI Eventing World Athlete Rankings, is entered to compete in the 2022 MARS Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Presented by Brown Advisory.

OliverTownend Shannon BrinkmanOliverTownend (Photo by Shannon Brinkman)Townend, who has held the #1 ranking for five years, competed in last year’s inaugural Maryland 5 Star, placing second to American Boyd Martin.

The MARS Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill presented by Brown Advisory returns to the Fair Hill Special Event Zone in Cecil County, MD, October 13-16.

One of only two 5 Star level equestrian events of its kind in the United States and just the seventh worldwide, the event made a spectacular debut last year, welcoming a total of 20,886 spectators and 184 competitors that featured four of the top eight eventers in the world.

The event’s prestigious 5 Star (CCI5*-L) designation is the pinnacle of the Olympic sport of Eventing, often described as an equestrian triathlon.

In addition to the 5 Star competition (CCI5*-L), the event also features a 3 Star competition (CCI3*-L), which serves as the USEF CCI3*-L Eventing National Championship, and The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships presented by Dubarry of Ireland.

The four days of eventing competition feature Dressage (Thu-Fri), Cross-Country (Sat) showcasing Ian Stark-designed courses, and Show Jumping (Sun).

“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!”

“It was incredibly exciting to have Oliver Townend with us last year and I think his choosing to return this year is a real testament to our event,” said Jeff Newman, President & CEO of the Maryland 5 Star Event Committee. “Our entry list features 188 horses and many of the sport’s top riders; there will be lots of excitement in the air!”

A full list of entries is available online at Maryland 5 Star entries. FEI definite entries close on September 30.

Tickets for the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill will be available starting August 2 at Maryland5Star.us/tickets.

A variety of single and multi-day ticket packages along with exclusive Club and VIP Hospitality packages, General Admission tickets starting at just $15 and much more are available.

Reserved Tailgate spots right next to the dynamic Cross-Country action will be available starting August 9!

Fans are encouraged to follow the event on social media @maryland5star and/or sign up to receive the event e-newsletter for all the latest news and information at maryland5star.us/newsletter-sign-up/, including details on this year’s new additions.

Now Hiring! Carousel Park Seeks a Park and Equestrian Center Director

PIKE CREEK, Del.--Carousel is a beautiful 200+ acre park and equestrian center located in Pike Creek, Del.

Corbin 1A part of New Castle County Delaware’s park system and division of recreation, the park features indoor and outdoor riding arenas, walking trails, stocked fishing ponds, a no-fence dog park, and a professional cross-country riding course completed in 2018.

The park is home to events such as schooling shows and an annual family camping event in October.

Corbin 2The park is also the home of the New Castle County Mounted Patrol unit.

Carousel Park provides a variety of equestrian programming including riding lessons, therapeutic riding, scouting programs and seasonal pony rides.

Corbin 4As the Director of Carousel Park and Equestrian Center, you would perform responsible managerial, supervisory, administrative, and technical work related to the operation, administration and maintenance of the park, equestrian center, and all programming including related work as required.

For more information and to apply for this position, please visit newcastlede.gov/carousel.

Deadline to apply is Sept. 30, 2022.

Specific inquiries, benefits and other information about the position should be directed to Laura McDermott, New Castle County Office of Human Resources, 302-395-5016, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Horse and Tack auction first Friday every month

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.V.--Join us the first Friday evening of every month for one of the tri-state area’s best HORSE AND TACK AUCTION! 

RSD11Loads of new and used tack go up for auction at  6 p.m., and the horses of all breeds, registered and grade, start at 8 p.m. sharp! 


We also have tack vendors and lots of great food…..and buyers and sellers from all over the United States!

Upcoming auction dates to note now are:

RSD 2Nov.4 and Dec.2, - Sun, Jan. 1, it is our BIG NEW YEAR’S DAY SALE (AND SPECIAL CATALOG AUCTION) - Then these follow into the New Year of 2023 - Feb. 3, 2023 and March 3, 2023. 

Please mark your calendars now.

The 2022 Spring Roundup Auction Results are in:

High Seller: $15,000.00

Top five average: $8,440.00

RSD 3Top 10 average: $6680.00

Overall average: $2,485.00

Valley Equine Vet is on Premises during the sale.

RSD offers a three Day Soundness Guarantee!

The sale is located at 1175 Wiltshire Road in Kearneysville, W.V. 25430.

The Office phone is 304-876-8326

Dressage at Devon returns for another year of fabulous family fun and top competition

DEVON, Pa.--Since its inception in 1975, Dressage at Devon has been known for its high-level competition, can’t-miss special events, and magical atmosphere.

DAD 1A tradition that is looking into the future, Dressage at Devon will be introducing new events along with important classes for dressage riders from around the world.

“Dressage at Devon is one of those iconic events that is memorable and special for all,” said George Williams, United States Dressage Federation President. “We are excited about innovating and adopting new technologies that in the years to come will enable an even wider audience to experience the magic of this show.”

Saturday night’s Grand Prix Freestyle performances are a crowd favorite, giving spectators the chance to cheer and clap as their favorite horses perform to their own unique music.

DAD 4This year’s show includes a World Cup qualifier for Grand Prix competitors, a chance for riders to earn valuable qualifying points for next year’s 2023 FEI World Cup Dressage Finals in Omaha.

Olympic silver medalist Sabine Schut-Kery will perform in an exclusive masterclass on Thursday night that will feature a variety of horses and riders of different ages and levels, an educational opportunity.

Friday is “show day” hat and attire for the ladies, and Kid’s Dressage Explorers Day on Sunday gives children the opportunity to ride a stick horse to display their dressage movements.

Exhibitions include Australian Horseman Guy McLean, the adoptable dogs of All4Paws Dog Rescue, and the annual blessing of the animals.

DAD 2New this year, Sunday will also be dubbed “Barn Day,” inviting barn groups from near and far to participate in the fun, showing their team spirit in coordinating outfits to vie for great prizes to take home.

The Kingsview Partners Roaring 20’s Party on Friday night is open to all.

Tickets, now available to reserve on the Dressage at Devon website, will include door prizes, great drinks, food, and dancing.

Dressage at Devon offers great shopping, with a long list of boutique vendors open all week, and food vendors have numerous options for full meals or light snacks to enjoy.

To learn more, please visit DressageatDevon.org.

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