FAQ – Horse Trials

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1)  Where are you located?

Stabling, Secretary, and Dressage all take place on the Cecil County Fairgrounds in Fair Hill, Maryland.  Show Jumping and Cross Country are a short hack down a dirt road or through the woods, in the Sawmill Field.  The address of the Fairgrounds is:  4640 Telegraph Rd, Elkton, MD  21921.  You can use Entrance 1, 2, or 3 to enter the Fairgrounds complex.  Entrance 2 is the safest for large horse trailers and vans.

2)  Where do I check in?

For Recognized Horse Trials the Secretary is in the Ed Walls Building – the first building you see when you enter the Fairgrounds.  For Starter Trials the Secretary is in a small booth under the grandstands – we have signage directing you there.

3)  How do I contact the Event Secretary if I need to scratch or have a question?

All scratches or changes MUST be in writing.  Mary Coldren, the Event Secretary, can be reached at coldrenmary@gmail.com, or by phone at 302-547-0695

4)  What do you have for stabling?

There are 120 permanent stalls at the race barns, and we have the ability to add temporary stabling in some of the other buildings on the Fairgrounds complex.  Bedding is STRAW ONLY.  One bale of straw is included with your stall reservation, and you can order additional bales through the Secretary, in advance only.

5)  Where do I park?

There is plenty of parking available in the field directly surrounding the Race Barns for trailers and cars alike.  This is central to both dressage arenas and convenient to the Sawmill Field.  In the Sawmill Field there is a small parking area close to the Show Jumping area.  Please follow parking signs and only park in designated areas in the Sawmill Field.

DSCN4258 (1024x819)6)  Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are welcome!  The Fair Hill Department of Natural Resources regulations state that all dogs must be leashed at all times, subject to a $50 fine.

7)  Can I bring my gator/motorbike/scooter/golf cart?

Unfortunately, no.  Cars must be parked in designated areas, motorized vehicles are not allowed to drive through the fields, and you will need to walk the cross country course and walk or drive your car to and from the stabling area.

8)  Can I bring my bicycle?

Absolutely!  That’s the fastest and easiest way for you to get from stabling to the Secretary’s building, and out to the Sawmill Field.  Helmets MUST be worn by all bike riders under the age of 16.

9)  Can spectators attend?

Absolutely!  Spectators are welcome and free at all our Horse Trials.  We ask that they follow parking guidelines, especially in the Sawmill Field where parking is limited.

10)  How do I find my ride times?

Ride times will be posted a few days before the event, at THIS LINK.

11)  Where do I find my results?

Results are posted on the website at THIS LINK.

12)  Is there a photographer?

We do have an official photographer and sometimes a videographer.

DSCN4243 (1024x699)13)  My mom/dad/sister/brother/significant other is coming with me.  I don’t want them to be bored.  Can they volunteer?

WE WOULD LOVE THAT!  Please fill out a volunteer form HERE, and give them our everlasting thanks.  It takes a lot of people to run an event.

14)  Got any local hotel suggestions?

La Quinta Inn and Suites, on Newark-Elkton Road in Elkton, is fairly close and is also convenient to I-95 and several restaurants and gas stations.