Horses and riders perform this weekend


October 18, 1992|By Dorothy Fleetwood | Dorothy Fleetwood,Staff Writer

Equestrian events top the list of things to do next weekend. The Fair Hill International Three-Day Event will bring Olympic-caliber riders and carriage drivers to the Fair Hill course near Elkton from Friday through Sunday.

This year's expanded event not only features world-class equestrian competitions, but true to its theme, "Festival in the Country," there are activities for the whole family. Attractions include a classic car expo, pony rides, demonstrations by the Coors six-horse Belgian Hitch, a country-western band and a variety of food concessions.

There's also opportunity for shopping. About 70 of the region's finest shops will offer arts and crafts, apparel, jewelry and giftware for sale at the Country Shop Tent, open all three days from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Each day will feature different events for horse and rider: dressage on Friday; cross-country on Saturday and stadium jumping on Sunday. While these competitions are taking place, carriage driving competitions will be held for singles, pairs and four-in-hand carriages.

General admission is $6 for adults; free for children 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Medical Center of Delaware and the United States Equestrian Team.

Take Interstate 95 to Exit 100. Turn left on state Route 272 toward Rising Sun, then right on state Route 273. Go about five miles and turn right on Gallaher Road and follow to the site. For information, call (302) 428-4253.

Pennsylvania horse show

More beautiful horses and expert riders can be seen at the 10-day Pennsylvania National Horse Show, which continues through Saturday at the Farm Show Arena in Harrisburg. The $50,000 Budweiser Grand Prix de Penn National on Saturday will feature top riders and horses from all over the country.

There are daily morning and afternoon sessions, and evening sessions will run from Tuesday through Saturday. Most evening events include a jumper class, three- and five-gated classes, roadsters, fine harness and draft horses. One of the more recent additions to the show is Hunt Night on Tuesday. Members of Pennsylvania hunts and those of bordering states will bring their field hunters to compete. The popular Jack Russell Terrier Races will also be held Tuesday evening. The $3,000 Gambler's Choice, a speed competition on Wednesday, and the $10,000 "Big Jump" on Thursday are other highlights.

In addition to the competition, the Budweiser Clydesdales will perform each evening from Wednesday through Saturday, and the Valley Forge Military Academy Marching Band will perform ++ Saturday. A variety of shops and food stands are located on the arcade that surrounds the arena. For information, call (717) 233-1335.

Halloween events

A number of Halloween events are listed on the weekend calendar. The Historic Houses of Odessa (Del.) will offer Halloween fun Saturday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It begins with a hayride around four historic properties owned and operated by Winterthur Museum. After the hayride there will be hot dogs and cider by the bonfire and a sing-along and entertainment by "Fiddlin' & Foolin'," a vaudeville variety group. Admission is $6 per person. The houses are located on Main Street just off U.S. Route 13, between Wilmington and Dover. For information, call (302) 378-4069.

The Landis Valley Museum near Lancaster, Pa., will hold a Pumpkin Patch Weekend Saturday and next Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Visitors will be driven in a horse-drawn wagon to the pumpkin patch, where they can pick out a pumpkin (pumpkins will be sold at below-market price). The pumpkins can then be taken to the old barn for painting or carving. Members of the Southcentral Pennsylvania Storytellers Guild will be there with some spooky takes, and the Lancaster County Folk Music and Fiddlers Society will perform traditional music. You can taste some old-time pumpkin custard cooked in the museum's wood-fired bake ovens, or decorate a cookie with the help of culinary students. Admission is $6; $5 for senior citizens; $4 for youth. The museum is 2.5 miles north of Lancaster on state Route 272, off U.S. Route 30. For information, call (717) 569-0402.

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