Many may be focused on the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes at this time of year, but one cannot overlook Maryland’s Hunt Cup, known as the most demanding event in timber racing. Continue reading
FAIR HILL — Spectacular weather welcomed crowds of visitors to the rolling hills of Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area on Saturday.
They came to watch cross country competition on both three-star and two-star courses as part of the 28th running of an event that features top horses and riders in a variety of competitions from Oct. 13 through Oct. 16.
Eventing for horses has been described by some as a triathlon in equestrian sports because it tests the strength and stamina of the horse, as well as its relationship with the rider. Throughout the three-day event, horses are tested in dressage, cross country and show jumping in two-star and three-star categories.
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Equestrian sports are embedded into the spirit of Maryland. In 1962, Maryland became the first state to adopt a state sport, naming jousting as the official sport of the State of Maryland. While most people are unaware that the state sport is Jousting, almost everyone is aware that the Preakness Stakes takes place in Baltimore every May. Continue reading