PRO BAREBACK SHOW JUMPING CHALLENGE TO BE FEATURED AT DANSKO FAIR HILL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL IN THE COUNTRY

ELKTON, MD – A new feature class will make it debut this year at the Dansko Fair Hill International Festival In The Country, October 18-21st in Elkton, Maryland. The PRO Bare Back Show Jumping Challenge presented by Zurich Insurance, BW Furlong & Associates and Furlong’s Healthy Horse will challenge some of the nation’s top riders to jump without saddles.  The 3’3” course, designed by Sally Ike, will be run as a speed class and include an optional ‘joker fence’ set at 3’6” for riders who choose to tempt fate and gain an advantage to win.  A prize purse of $2,000 is available thanks to the generous support of the co-presenting sponsors.
This is the first time that this type of challenge has been organized at Fair Hill: “We’ve had a lot of fun putting on the Shetland Pony Races for the last couple of years, but we thought it was time for a change,” said Samantha Lendl, executive director of PRO, “We organize the Bare Back Puissance at Plantation Field International which has grown incredibly popular and has established a real following and we hope to have the Bareback Show Jumping Challenge bring the same sort of excitement to the Dansko Fair Hill International Festival in the Country.”
The PRO Bareback Show Jumping Challenge will take place on Sunday, October 21st at the lunch break just prior to the CCI*** show jumping, which is the USEF Fall CCI*** National Championship and also a part of the 2012 PRO Tour Series. It will feature event riders Laine Ashker, Doug Payne, Danny Warrington, Dom Schramm
The Dansko Fair Hill International Festival in the Country has a wide variety of activities throughout the weekend for families and spectators to enjoy as well as a well as the Country Shops trade fair. Some of the weekend highlights are:

Thursday, October 18th
CCI*** and CCI** Competitions Starts (throughout the weekend)
USEA Young Event Horse Championships (through Friday)
Country Shops Open (throughout the weekend)
Friday, October 19th 
Dog Agility Demonstrations and Lessons (throughout the weekend)
Coon Jump Demo
US Pony Club Cross-Country Course Walk with Sharon White
Saturday, October 20th
Kids Corner Open (throughout the weekend)
Frisbee Dog Competitions and Flyball Demonstration
Miniature Horse Demonstration (through Sunday)
US Pony Clubs Senior President’s Cup Games (through Sunday)
Silly Goose and Val Live Music and Puppet Show
The Art and Sport of Falconry with Live Birds of Prey
Horse Play – A play about horses through history
PRO Rider Autograph Sessions
Tailgating (must purchase tailgating tickets)
Sunday, October 21st
Classic Cars
Sled Dog Demonstration
Mr. Ronn Live Music
PRO Bareback Show Jumping Challenge
CCI*** Stadium Jumping Course Walk with Sally Ike
Admission for children under 12, Pony Club Members with Pin, 4-H Members with ID and Military Members and their dependents with ID is free. To purchase tickets and directions, please visit http://www.fairhillinternational.com/attendance

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