Jun 08, 2018

Great Meadow Supports USEA Online Auction To Benefit Eventing Safety and Education

By Jo Whitehouse - USEA Staff
The VIP Tent at Great Meadow International. Great Meadow Archive Photo.

The organizers of the Great Meadow International have generously offered to support the upcoming USEA Online Auction by donating two VIP tickets and two nights at the Red Fox Inn and Tavern in Middleburg, Virginia for the weekend of July 6-8. For the third year in a row, Great Meadow will be the only U.S. competition to be included in the FEI’s Nations Cup™ Eventing Series and is one not to be missed.


The Bridal Suite at the Red Fox Inn and Tavern. (Photo courtesy of the Red Fox Inn and Tavern.)

Not only will you enjoy top-class competition you will be staying in the Bridal Suite of the historic Red Fox Inn and Tavern. Built in 1728 in the charming town of Middleburg, the Red Fox Inn embodies four-centuries of history and tradition in the heart of Virginia Hunt Country.

This year, the excitement will run high as America’s best horse and riders will be vying for top honors. The next time you see them will be at the World Equestrian Games to be held in September this year in Tryon, North Carolina.

Your VIP Blue Ribbon Tickets will include entry to the exclusive VIP tent with one VIP Weekend Car Pass. You and your guest will enjoy an entire weekend of gourmet hospitality with an open bar. Friday evening will offer heavy hors-d'oeuvres with an open bar while enjoying the Meadow Market and arena entertainment. On Saturday morning a VIP brunch will be served while you watch dressage from the VIP Tent, then Saturday evening you can take to the dance floor at the dinner dance party. Your package also includes two seats at the Sunday VIP brunch on cross-country day. The package carries a value of more than $2,500, and bidding will begin at 6:00 p.m. EDT today, June 8, 2018.

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Phillip Dutton competing at the 2017 Great Meadow International. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

Proceeds from the USEA Online Auction will help support further study into Frangible Fence Research. The USEA’s Cross-Country Safety Subcommittee is in the process of developing, testing and validating a system to test frangible fences to make sure they release under the proper conditions.

The USEA has a lifelong history of working to improve safety in eventing for our horses and riders as shown by the investment in the studies we have implemented over recent years. The Cross-Country Safety Subcommittee has been invaluable in reviewing and advising on all the work done over the past few years. Recently the committee devised a technique that will allow designers and builders to perform a simple test to ensure that when a new frangible fence is constructed on a cross-country course, it releases according to the standards set by the FEI. Once that step is completed, the committee will work with the FEI to sign off on the concept of this system. Funds are urgently needed to purchase the pins, clips, weights and other equipment required for this testing with the end goal being to make the system available to all course builders. Your help in meeting this goal through this online auction are greatly appreciated.

USEA Foundation

The fundamental mission of the USEA Foundation is to protect and preserve the sport of eventing for future generations and to provide support for the core educational, safety and equine welfare programs of the USEA. In addition, the Foundation administers educational grants for riders with the intent of preparing them to reach their goals. Learn more about the USEA Foundation at www.useafoundation.org.

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