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Foxcatcher Endurance
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With a motto of “From Green to Gold,” FHI provides opportunities for equestrians of all levels to train and test their horses through schoolings, Starter Trials, Nationally and Internationally Recognized Horse Trials, Endurance events and Carriage Driving events – from ‘green’ novices to ‘gold’ medal winners.

Fair Hill’s gently rolling terrain, meandering streams, and thick, lush turf make it the ideal venue for eventing. Its location, halfway between Baltimore and Philadelphia in Fair Hill, Maryland, makes it a popular competition destination.

Fair Hill International runs on the property of the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area.





On May 17, when her family advised that Trish had passed the evening before, the shock and sadness within the Fair Hill International family was deep and palpable.   For more than 36 years, Trish was the leader of Fair Hill International, Inc. (FHI) and the friend, mentor, and example to hundreds and hundreds of volunteers, competitors and many others within the equine-competition community.  Working with a small staff, she grew the Fair Hill organization to be recognized both nationally and internationally as a top-tier venue for three-day eventing, endurance, and carriage driving competitions. 

In June 2022, surrounded by family and friends at her home, Trish was told of her induction to the USEA Hall of Fame.  The USEA post states:     

“Trish Gilbert was one of the first women to break the barriers put up against women competing in the sport of eventing.  She had considerable success in the early years of eventing amongst non-military competitors.  Prior to relocating to her  current home in Hartford County, Maryland with her husband, Bill, she served as the director of the Blue Ridge Horse Trials and organized the spring three-day U.S. Equestrian Team Championship.  She was a team selector, the young rider chairman, and served many USEA boards.

 Gilbert was involved at the beginning of Fair Hill International as the event director.  She also served for years as a licensed eventing official.  In 2003, Gilbert successfully ran the Pan American Games Eventing Championship.  Thanks to her  work, Fair Hill International eventually morphed into the Maryland 5 Star – only the second five-star event established in the United States as a permanent fixture.”

FHI’s Business & Competition Director, Mary Coldren, stated:  “I hope I can remember even half of the things Trish has taught me over the last 30 years.  When I first became a TD, she was the person I would call when I was unsure of how to handle a situation.  As an Organizer, she guided me through prioritizing the most important things and to let the rest go for another day.  I describe Trish as being quietly persistent when she felt something should be done a certain way.  The decisions she made were always in the best interest of the Sport.  And her support and leadership of FHI was unwavering.  I will miss our weekly phone calls to catch up on what has been happening.”

We extend to Trish’s children and extended family our deepest sympathies.  In so many ways, Trish defined Fair Hill International, Inc.  In her memory, we are committed to remain the organization of which she was proud.

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