It was with great excitement that Fair Hill International (FHI) received the news earlier this year that the United States Equestrian Federation had approved Fair Hill International’s bid to become a Four Star event. That meant that FHI would become the second Four Star in the US and one of only a handful of top equestrian events in the world.
The only approval needed to make the 2019 Fair Hill International a Four Star event was approval from the international organization know as Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI). The FEI has its headquarters in Switzerland.
The FEI was supposed to vote on the designation during their annual General Assembly, which was held in Urugay last week.
“Fair Hill approval is postponed,” an FEI spokesperson told the “Cecil Guardian” on Wednesday.
“Starting in 2018, the FEI has restructured its categorization of Eventing competitions and this first needed to be approved by the General Assembly,” the spokesperson reported.
That was the work of last week’s General Assembly meeting.
“Next, as stated in the rules draft presented for voting on at the General Assembly, further requirements for the new 5-star category, previously know as 4-star, will be proposed,” the spokesperson said. “This will then need to be presented and voted on as part of the General Assembly 2018 for proposals to come into effect on 1 January 2019.”
“Fair Hill approval is postponed until all of this is in place,” the spokesperson concluded.
In the meantime, FHI is continuing with its plans to move the event from Gallaher Road to the grandstand area of Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area.