The Plains, Virginia - In early July, eventing teams from around the world will converge at the Great Meadow International presented by Adequan®, in The Plains, Virginia to compete in the FEI Nations Cup™ CCIO3*. Hosting the only FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ outside of Europe, the Great Meadow International returns July 7-9.
The Great Meadow International (GMI), one of two finalists to host the proposed new CCI4* event in North America, has quickly made a name for itself in the sport of eventing. GMI has hosted the U.S. eventing prep trials for the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games (France), the 2015 Pan American Games (Canada), and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janerio.
Spectators will have access to boundless opportunities to experience the world-class competition and peruse Great Meadow's expanded Meadow Market, an unparalleled shopping experience with over 75 unique vendors, set in the heart of the competition grounds.
"This year has been one of tremendous excitement and expansion for competitors and spectators," said Teresa Condon, Great Meadow Director of Operations. "Great Meadow is a unique and wonderful venue and we are honored be able to host an FEI Nations Cup™ and be in contention to host the new CCI4* event in North America."
Spectators are encouraged to come out on Friday, July 7 for a "Free on Friday" celebration at the start of the dressage competition followed by a Bareback Puissance class, organized by Grand Prix show jumper Matthias Hollberg of Hollberg Equestrian. The Bareback Puissance class is a high-jumping bareback competition with a $1,000 grand prize.
Enthusiasts will also have full access to the extensive Meadow Market Trade Show which includes vendors such as: Riders Boutique, Inc., Lily & Kate Equestrian, Back on Track, Equestrian Essentials, Inc., Soteria Equestrian Safety, Neue Schule USA, Horse Hippie, Cavalor, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Devoucoux, Fleeceworks, Dubarry, Triple Crown, The Vintage Fox, Pheonix Performance Products, B & D Builders, Big Red Mare Equestrian, Tempi Design Sutdio, Sagmae, Caroline Christie Art, Retired Racehorse Project, Posh with Sara, CWD, Frying Pan Park, Home Horse LLC, Nutrimax Labratories, Browbands with Bling, Equi Cooldown, Der Dau Custom Boots, Lucas Equine Equipment, Antares Custom Saddles, and Equine Impressions, Inc and more.
Ticket packages for the Great Meadow International, Presented by Adequan® are now on sale and can be purchased online http://www.greatmeadowinternational.com/tickets. For those interested in a unique experience, Great Meadow offers Corporate and several upscale VIP Hospitality Packages featuring gourmet food, front-row seating and much more! Further details are available at http://www.greatmeadowinternational.com/tickets.
About The Great Meadow Foundation
Great Meadow was founded through the vision of news executive and philanthropist Arthur W. (Nick) Arundel in 1982. Arundel purchased an abandoned farm then slated to become a housing development for perpetual preservation of open space. The concept for Great Meadow grew out of several converging forces of the 1980s, primarily urban growth pressure on farmland near Washington D.C., the opening of I-66 and the simultaneous loss of the former Virginia Gold Cup course in Warrenton to subdivision development. Since their inception, they have been the permanent home for the Virginia Gold Cup and Family 4th of July celebrations. Over the years they have added several more community events, ranging from Twilight Polo to the Virginia State Cross Country Tournaments. For more information, please visit: www.greatmeadow.org.
About Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan)
Adequan® i.m., the only product approved by the FDA for the intramuscular treatment of non-infectious degenerative and/or traumatic joint dysfunction and associated lameness of the carpal and hock joints in horses, has been a great help to the horse industry. For the past 25 years and counting, veterinarians have depended on Adequan® i.m. for the treatment of non-infectious degenerative joint disease in horses. For more information, please visit: www.adequan.com. For more information about Luitpold Animal Health, visit www.luitpoldanimalhealth.com.
The FEI has published its Policy for Enhanced Competition Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, aimed at assisting organizers and national federations with the safe resumption of international equestrian events in line with national and local restrictions.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) has approved additional modifications to the qualification period for the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The AEC is scheduled to take place August 25-30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and the USEA is doing everything possible to ensure a safe and successful Championship, while also ensuring fair opportunities for all.
This article will be updated to include statements as they are released from upcoming USEA recognized events regarding actions they are taking due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
This has been a difficult decision, but with the current pandemic situation at hand, we feel that this is the correct and ‘common sense’ direction to take. We are developing a plan to host a shorter, smaller, and more focused competition. We will be using state and local protocols to help guide us through this. Safety is paramount at Rebecca Farm, for both equine and human participants.