Kingston Rider 1st Canadian Winner of International Horse Show

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Selena O’Hanlon

RELEASE — Kingston’s Selena O’Hanlon won the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI 3* competition October 12-15 in Elkton MD.

Selena is the first Canadian to win in the event’s 28 year history. She also won the award for top international rider and top female rider at the show. This adds to Selena’s already prestigious career as an Olympian.

Of her weekend Selena said “It was personal bests all the way through” and that “It feels exhilarating”.

Selena rode Foxwood High, or Woody, as he’s knows in the barn (owned by John and Judy Rumble). The pair were in the lead after the Dressage phase of the event, with their personal best score of 39.4 but had 1.6 heartbreaking time penalties on cross country that saw them slip to second. However, with no rails down in the show jumping phase of the event O’Hanlon clinched the win.

Since 1989, Fair Hill International has offered one of the most renowned international three day events in the world, located at the Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area in beautiful Elkton, Maryland.

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With such a successful run at this event Selena has strengthened her contention for a spot on the Canadian team that goes to the World Equestrian Games, taking place in Tryon, North Carolina in 2018. Selena is a long standing member of the Canadian Eventing team and has represented Canada at the Olympics, World Equestrian Games and Pan American Games.

Three-Day Eventing is an Olympic sport that includes three phases: Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping. Each horse and rider pair must complete each phase with the lowest number of penalty points possible. Three-Day Eventing is often cited as truest test for horse and rider as it requires, accuracy, bravery and endurance.

December, 2017 Update – Read Horse Canada’s article: “Confusion Over Winner’s Prize at Fair Hill

Selena O’Hanlon, along with Team O’Hanlon, comprise an international competitive Three Day Eventing team. Together, Selena and her team have brought many horses and riders to their best performances through their clinics,coaching and training.

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Release and photo source: Kelsy Flewitt