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 here. 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!