Practical Horseman Podcast: 2023 Maryland 5 Star

Hear from top riders at the 2023 MARS Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill, including Austin O'Connor, William Fox-Pitt, Oliver Townend and more.

On this week’s episode of the Practical Horseman Podcast, sponsored by USRider, hear from top riders at the 2023 MARS Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill.

The event, one of only two five-star competitions in the United States, ran from October 19-22, 2023. Ireland’s Austin O’Connor won the event riding Colorado Blue. He was the first Irish winner of a CCI5* in 58 years. He went into show jumping in fourth place, but moved up the rankings as the riders ahead of him had rails down in the final phase.

Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt and Grafennacht placed second, and fellow countryman Oliver Townend and Cooley Rosalent placed third. Hannah Sue Hollberg and Capitol H I M were the top U.S. finishers in fourth place. And another fan favorite, Mia Farley, placed fifth with her Thoroughbred, Phelps.  

In this episode, we bring you conversations with all of these top riders from the Maryland 5 Star. After their dressage and cross-country rides, riders visit what’s called the “mixed-zone” to talk about their rides, so media gets first-hand insights into how things went for them. Also, hear highlights from the press conferences that were held after cross-country and show-jumping. 

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