The 2018 Brook Ledge Great Meadow International Presented by Adequan®, July 6-8 in The Plains, Virginia, is pleased to announce that entries are now closed and the event is full to capacity.
Fifty horse-and-rider combinations have been accepted in the CICO3* with teams representing the United States, Canada, and Great Britain set to compete in the only FEI Eventing Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphere.
“The Great Meadow International has become the summer destination on the eventing calendar for competitors, owners, and spectators,” said David O’Connor, event coorganizer.
The star-studded entry list boasts many of the sport’s top stars, including Olympic veterans Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin, William Coleman, Kim Severson, Lauren Kieffer, Clayton Fredericks, Jessica Phoenix, Selena O’Hanlon, and Leslie Law.
Each rider entered will compete as an individual. The national federations of U.S., Canada, and Great Britain will select four team riders to represent their country in the FEI Eventing Nations Cup portion of the competition. The FEI Eventing Nations Cups series includes eight elite events with teams earning points for their nation.
“This is definitely an event not to be missed! The caliber of horses and riders entered is incredible and the activity surrounding the competition should entertain all ages,” said Teresa Condon, Event Director at Great Meadow Foundation.
The international event will take place in The Plains, Virginia, over the course of three days, July 6-8. Opening activities will begin Friday night, July 6, with an equestrian celebrity polo exhibition. On Saturday, July 7, the CICO3* will kick off with dressage, followed by show jumping in the evening. The event concludes on Sunday, July 8, with the exciting cross-country. Alongside the competition, GMI will feature VIP hospitality options, more than 50 world-class vendors in the Meadow Market Trade Show, a beer garden, tailgating contest, and so much more.
A complete list of competitors can be found here.
About The Great Meadow Foundation
Great Meadow is a 374-acre equestrian event park located in the middle of Virginia’s finest horse community. The park was founded in 1982 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation with a mission to “preserve open space for equestrian and community service. Founded by philanthropist Arthur “Nick” Arundel as a permanent home for the prestigious Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase races, Great Meadow today hosts 40 events that draw 200,000 through the gates each year to see steeplechasing, polo, show jumpers, foot races, rocketry, cultural fairs, and Independence Day fireworks. In 2016, Great Meadow, doubled the size of its property, completed a world-class arena, and hosted the first FEI Eventing Nations Cup ever held in North America. For more information, please click here.
About Brook Ledge Horse Transportation
Brook Ledge is broadly recognized as the Nation’s Leading Horse Carrier offering both ground and air transportation services in the United States and international travel provided via their wholly owned subsidiary, Horse America. They are a completely comprehensive horse transportation solution for both domestic and international travel. Brook Ledge is dedicated to providing the most elite services to their clients who range from Triple Crown and Grand Prix horses to beloved family companions. For more information about Brook Ledge Horse Transportation or Horse America, please contact Andrea Gotwals Boone, Brook Ledge Horse Transportation, 12 Gotwals Lane, Oley, PA 19547, (610) 987-6284, or [email protected].
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In 2002, at the age of 15, I was at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm in Maine while Tremaine Cooper was there building some cross-country jumps. I helped him build a trakehner, not realizing that this day would set the course for my future. A few weeks later he called asking if I could help him at Millbrook Horse Trials. From there I helped Tremaine during most of my school vacations and throughout the summers. After graduating high school I kept at it never looking back. I lived the gypsy lifestyle for about six years going from coast to coast and event to event. In 2013 my wife Kathryn and I settled down in Lexington, Kentucky. These days I spend roughly 60-75 percent of my time on the road preparing events or building private schooling areas. I’ve had the privilege of being involved with some really great events around the states and have cultivated many friendships all over the country. In 2019 I was asked to be a part of Team Evans Olympic cross-country building crew. As I write this I am on my third trip to Tokyo. Here’s a day in Tokyo . . .
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