FAIR HILL, Md. — A Maryland equestrian sports venue and a Virginia site are finalists to permanently host an annual event that could draw as many as 80,000 spectators.

The Baltimore Sun reports (http://bsun.md/2pGoMXr ) that Fair Hill in northeast Maryland and Great Meadow in Virginia’s Piedmont countryside emerged in January as finalists for hosting the event.

The event known as a “four-star” would be one of seven in the world and join the Rolex Kentucky as only the second held in the United States. It will feature elite riders and their horses competing in cross country, dressage and jumping.

The U.S. Equestrian Federation is expected to recommend a site in July, with a final decision announcement by the international governing body coming later in the year. It would be first held in fall 2019.

Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

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