Fair Hill International hosts three USEF/USEA Recognized Horse Trials every year.

FHI hosts three unrecognized “Starter” Horse Trials every year.


Eventing (aka Horse Trials) is best described as an equestrian triathlon. The sport originated as a cavalry test and is comprised of three phases: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping.


Dressage is the first of three phases in eventing competition. It consists of an exact sequence of movements in an enclosed arena and scored by a judge or judges.

Cross-country is the cornerstone of eventing and proves the speed, endurance, and jumping ability of the horse over varied terrain and solid obstacles.  Cross-country features solid fences as well as natural obstacles such as water, ditches, drops, and banks. The phase is ridden at a gallop with exact speed requirements varied depending on the level of competition.
Show jumping tests horses and riders precision over a series of fences in an enclosed arena. This final phase tests the stamina and recovery of the horse after the very tiring cross-country phase.
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Frequently Asked Questions


  • Horse Trials take place either near the Cecil County Fair Grounds (GPS address 4640 Telegraph Rd, Elkton, MD) or off of Gallaher Rd (GPS address 750 Gallaher Rd, Elkton, MD). Please look at the specific event on the Horse Trials page under the Competitors tab for location.

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