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Lindsay Berreth

October 18, 2015

Smith Secures Fair Hill CCI*** Win With Mai Baum

Elkton, Md. - Oct. 18

Tamra Smith is running out of words to describe Mai Baum. “Phenomenal,” “unbelievable,” “unreal.”

But the most obvious word this weekend at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI*** was “rideable.”

October 18, 2015

All Horses Presented Pass Final Horse Inspection At Fair Hill

Elkton, Md. - Oct. 18

All 37 horses presented in the CCI*** this very chilly morning at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International passed the final horse inspection.

Three pairs were sent to the holding box but passed upon reinspection; Ryan Wood and Frankie, Allie Sacksen and Sparrow's Nio and Jessica Bortner-Harris and Win The War.

October 17, 2015

Mai Baum Makes Easy Work Of Fair Hill CCI*** Cross-Country

Elkton, Md.—Oct. 17   

Tamra Smith came a long way from California with Mai Baum to contest their first CCI*** together, and luckily she brought a lot of confidence with her to tackle Derek di Grazia’s track at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International.

Smith and “Lexus” set out looking to hold on to their dressage lead, and they easily cruised in 14 seconds under the optimum time of 10 minutes to have a comfortable lead (38.5) over second placed Phillip Dutton on four-star veteran Mighty Nice (43.5).

October 16, 2015

Smith and Mai Baum Show They're Solid At Dutta Corp. Fair Hill CCI***

Elkton, Md. - Oct. 16

A year ago, Mai Baum was galloping around the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI** with his owner, young rider Alex Ahearn.

When she decided to go to college, she gave her coach, Tamra Smith the ride this February, and the pair have been steadily lowering their dressage scores and picking up plenty of blue ribbons along the way.

Today, they showed how solid their partnership has become in the CCI***, earning the top score, 38.5, to take the lead heading into tomorrow’s cross-country.

October 16, 2015

One To Watch: Holly Jacks-Smither Has Never Given Up On More Inspiration

Up until this year, Holly Jacks-Smither was considering giving up and selling More Inspiration.

The Thoroughbred, who’d she’d brought along since he was 4, just didn’t seem to be cutting it at the upper levels of eventing, with a cross-country blip here and there and mediocre dressage scores.

October 15, 2015

Meet Four Fair Hill First-Timers

Elkton, Md. - Oct. 16

What do a four-star veteran, a nighttime nurse, and two "quirky" Thoroughbred fans have in common?

They're all making their first trek to the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International!

We caught up with four riders who all came to Fair Hill with a different goal.

Jessica Schultz

The last time Jessica Schultz visited Fair Hill was in 2003 to watch the Pan American Games, so she was excited to get back, but this time, she brought Lock N’Load to compete in the CCI**.

October 15, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Wexford Carried Lauren O’Brien To Unimaginable Heights

Lauren O’Brien (nee Hart) was having a pretty unlucky year in 1995 as she prepared to tackle the Fair Hill International CCI*** with her horse of a lifetime, Wexford. 

Then 30, the eventer was trying to make ends meet galloping racehorses in Southern Pines, but after returning home from Fair Hill the year before, she lost her job and her living situation suddenly.

Things were looking up as she was selected to compete on the U.S. team at the Open European Championships in Pratoni, Italy, and spent the summer competing in England.

October 13, 2015

Buck and Andrea Davidson Announce Their First Child

Eventers Buck and Andrea Davidson recently announced they’re expecting their first child in March 2016. 

The couple will find out the gender of the baby early next week after Buck competes at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International (Md.) this weekend. He reports that Andrea already started decorating the nursery while he was away competing at the Boekelo CCIO*** (the Netherlands) this weekend.

October 13, 2015

The Chronicle Staff's 2015 Fair Hill Picks

My drive up I-95 to Maryland on the third weekend of October every year is one of my favorites, because it’s time for the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International. The leaves are changing, there’s a crispness in the air, volunteers greet you with a smile, and the smell of Maryland crab cakes and fried food wafts through the air at the United States’ premiere fall three-day.

October 5, 2015

Schleese Reports Saddles Stolen From Company Vehicle

Schleese Saddles is asking for help in locating seven stolen saddles. 

Two of the company’s employees were driving home to their Ontario base from a show in Virginia and made a stop to see clients just outside Niagara Falls.

They spent the night at a Radisson hotel and when they awoke, found that their truck and trailer were gone. Video surveillance showed two men getting out of an SUV in the early morning hours. They drove off about 10 minutes later with the truck and trailer.

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