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Maryland, Virginia compete to permanently host large international equestrian event

Maryland, Virginia compete to permanently host large international equestrian event

Maryland's Fair Hill equestrian sports venue and a Virginia site are finalists to permanently host an annual event that could draw as many as 80,000 spectators to watch elite riders and their horses compete in jumping, cross country and dressage.

Fair Hill in Cecil County and Great Meadow, in Virginia's Piedmont countryside, emerged from a field of five bidders in January seeking to become just the second American site — and seventh in the world — to host an event known in horse circles as a "four-star."

"This is iconic," said Terry Hasseltine, executive director of Maryland Sports, which seeks to draw large sporting events to the state....

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