Great Meadow, a 374-acre equestrian event park in The Plains, Va., opened in 1984 as the venue for the prestigious Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase races and would go on to host hundreds of events from polo to fireworks. In 2014 Great Meadow held a prep trial for the World Equestrian Games and the following year had its first CIC3* (now CCI4*-S). From 2016-2018 Great Meadow International was a leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup, and in 2019 the event moved to an August date and started offering a full schedule of FEI classes. This year the MARS Great Meadow International (GMI) will be held from August 19-22 with four levels: CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S, and Preliminary. Learn more about GMI in their Events A-Z.
How to Follow Along
The Competition Schedule
Thursday, August 19
Friday, August 20
Saturday, August 21
Sunday, August 22
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has made five rule changes which will go into effect October 1, 2023. Familiarize yourself with these rule changes below to make sure you are in compliance before heading out for your next event.
With the goal of creating a pathway for young horses in the U.S. and participants of the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Program, earlier this year the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and USEA joined forces to launch the USEF/USEA Developing Horse Eventing National Championships for 6- and 7-year-olds.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce that Gina, owned by Corwin Sport Horses, LLC, is the likely recipient of the 2023 Holekamp/Turner Grant and The Dutta Corp. prize. Gina (Gentleman x Ballerina) is a 7-year-old Hanoverian mare ridden by Chris Talley and was bred by Hartwig Von Holten in Germany.
At the August USEA Board of Governors meeting, a proposition was brought forth to officially recognize what is commonly referred to as “Starter level” as a USEA division. For many years now, Starter level has been offered as a test at USEA approved events. The decision to recognize the level officially would allow those competing in Starter level divisions to receive recognition on the USEA Leaderboards and to compete at the Starter level at the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) in the future. The motion was approved to recognize this level, and the USEA staff have been hard at work preparing all of the rules, guidelines, and standards that will go along with this level’s recognition for the 2024 season.