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By Katherine O. Rizzo (first published in the October 2022 Equiery)

Often while spectating at large international competitions such as the Washington International Horse Show (October 24-30 at Prince George’s Equestrian Center, Upper Marlboro) and the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill (October 13-16 at Fair Hill Special Events Zone, Fair Hill), one can be so impressed with watching the elite horses and riders that it is easy to forget there is a crew of equally elite officials working behind the scenes to make sure the competition runs smoothly. From judges to course designers to stewards, Maryland has produced a slew of international level officials that can be seen at this year’s competitions....

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