Olympic hopefuls for both the U.S. and Canadian equestrian teams are in action through the weekend at the Fair Hill Horse Trials near Elkton in Cecil County.
The Fair Hill event is a major prep, but not a qualifier, for the Olympic selection process in the equine discipline of 3-Day Eventing, which includes dressage, cross country and show jumping.
The 3-Day phase of the Olympics will be held from July 25-30 in Spain at El Montanya and Barcelona. The U.S. team will be picked on a points system after qualifying events later this spring at Lexington, Ky.; Feversham, Ontario; and five events in several European countries. About a half dozen U.S. Olympic 3-Day candidates are competing in Europe.
Dennis Glaccum, director of the Fair Hill event, said a record 260 horses have been entered in three divisions for the Maryland event, which started yesterday and concludes on Sunday. Among the participants are Olympic veterans Bruce Davidson, Mike Plumb, Phyllis Dawson, Jane Sleeper and Torrance Watkins.
Admission is free today for the dressage phase, but is $3 for adults tomorrow and Sunday. Children are admitted free at all times. For more information, contact the Fair Hill office at (410) 398-8270.