For the third year in a row, the Washington, D.C. region will host some of the best horses and riders in the world at the Great Meadow International (GMI). This event will take place in The Plains, VA from July 6 to July 8, 2018. GMI is the only leg of the Fédération Equestre International (FEI) Nations Cup™ Eventing Series held in North America.
The 2018 GMI competition will begin with the dressage phase on Saturday morning, followed by the show jumping phase in the evening. The final phase, cross-country, will be on Sunday morning. GMI offers prize money along with a world-class venue, so the entry list is expected to be star-studded, giving spectators and eventing enthusiasts the opportunity to watch to some of the best competitors that the sport has to offer on their road to the World Equestrian Games.
While GMI brings out top competitors, spectator entertainment is of the highest priority. General Admission ticket holders will be treated to a variety of entertainment, including family-friendly programming, multi-disciplined demonstrations, and extensive shopping. Options to spend cross-country day close to the action with tailgating locations on the course are available for reservation. For attendees seeking a VIP experience, premier hospitality in the VIP tent area offers private dining options and ringside boxes.
Great Meadow has officially announced that Adequan® will return as the presenting sponsor of the 2018 Great Meadow International. Adequan® has supported Great Meadow’s efforts to provide this elite level international of competition in the U.S. since the event’s debut in 2015.
More details about the event, tickets, and sponsorship opportunities will be available in the coming weeks.
Preparing for your first horse trial and not sure what is expected of you at each level? Over the course of the next few Rule Refreshers, we will be diving into each level and the performance expectations of each phase. Want to better prepare yourself or your students for their first competition or a move-up? The USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels is a free resource to all USEA members that outlines clear and consistent guidelines for riders and trainers to refer to when navigating their way through the competition levels.
What happens to a dream deferred? Steve and Vicki Sukup wouldn’t know, because frankly, that’s not their style. Steve is the president and CEO of family-owned Sukup Manufacturing, and also happens to be the co-owner of another Iowan delight—Mo Donegal, the Belmont Stakes winner who was dressed in white carnations earlier this month. Steve and his wife Vicki also have another equine connection who is pretty well known in the eventing world: Elisa Wallace.
Anyone who has ever gone from driving a runaround to taking the wheel of a Ferrari can testify that that there are cars—and then, there are cars. Ben Noonan had a similar epiphany on horseback when he went from riding a trail horse over cross-country fences to riding an eventer. “I didn’t really understand why everyone liked eventing so much,” said Ben, now 18 and on the cusp of a professional career, “until I was riding an event horse.”
From the tadpole division at the local starter horse trials through the CCI5* at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day, equestrian competition brings people together. At every level, horse shows can expand community and foster growth for the sport of eventing.