I got the opportunity to accompanying my photographer friend to Fair Hill this year :) Ive never been to spectate at a show of this level before, but on top of all of it she got me a PRESS PASS as her assistant! I was up close and personal with the amazing horses and riders. It was an amazing experience! Boyd Martin won the 3* with Ying Yang Yo. It wasnt the prettiest ride but he got the job done. Becky Holder and Cant Fire Me were second, I dont particularly remember their ride....ooops. lol. And then in third was Jan Byyny on Inmidair (isnt that the perfect name ) . The star of the day was of course Jan Byyny! To be competiting at that high a level only a year and a half after her accident at Pine Top!!!! She was in great form! Took two rails in the S/j which brought her down to third, but still an impressive ride. The top four riders were all within 1 point or less of each other going into the s/j phase! It was tough competition!!!! A lot of rails were down for s/j, only about 35% went clear! Im not sure how many of those went double clear though, but thats the amount that didnt have any rails down at least.
I of course have TONS of photos :) I only have the xc posted so far, ill add the s/j tonight hopefully, along with the rest of the xc photos I have. I have not gone through the photos yet so some of course are not the best and will be deleted later, just havent gotten around to it yet so theres like 235 photos :) I have the photo bucket link if youd like to see them all (and dont judge some of the timing on the photos, it was a camera id never used before haha, so figuring out zoom and shutter speed took a moment ) I am glad to report that there were very few injuries and falls this year! Although the course seemed much much easier, but thats expected after the injuries from last year.
link to results lists incase anyone wants it. Live Results: Dansko - Fair Hill International CCI 3* & 2* - Evententries.com
My friend Tara, who I was accompanying, has a lot of friends that ive been introduced to that were competing, but a lot seemed to place mid pack, but still at this level id be more than happy to place higher than last!!
link to the photos I have so far, again I havent gone through to edit them out so theres a lot! Ill add the end of xc and the s/j soon. Most of these photos are the 2* fair hill pictures by meaganrh3 - Photobucket
not every ride was pretty every time!
I loved this guy! So darn cute!
This is Petite Flower, I believe shes around 15.2h or so. Tiny little thing, rider is Caroline, and shes still in high school!
She looked a little unprepared for how low it dropped!
Phillip Dutton :)
These jumps were so close together!
Plenty of room to spare! If only you could see how wide this is! Ill be adding pics later or me beside the jumps for comparison!
this was a tough line!!!!
I know the lighting is TERRIBLE, but the jump was cool and huge!]
Cant really tell because im up the hill, but this was the 3*'s sunken road
and it led straight up the hill to this
Lots more photos on photobucket, but these were some good highlights. Sry for the size!