UPDATE: May 1, 2021.

Governor Ralph Northam has announced that sports and entertainment venues in Virginia may begin to operate with expanded capacity, and social gathering limits will increase beginning Saturday, May 15th.

The Commonwealth will continue to mandate mask-wearing and social distancing, even as commercial restrictions are further eased.

Recreational sporting events: The number of spectators allowed at outdoor recreational sporting events, such as GMI, will increase from 500 to 1,000 people or 50 percent capacity, whichever is less. 


However, we must still follow the guidance of the USEF Action Plan.  Beginning May 3, 2021, spectators will be allowed on competition grounds under the following capacity restrictions: A maximum of 40% of the ticketed spectator capacity for competitions that operate with a ticketed gate, OR a maximum of 400 spectators for competitions that do not ticket spectators, whichever is greater.

Our capacity at Great Meadow is roughly 10,890, of which 40% is 4356.  What this means is that we will offer general admission up to these capacity limits in 2021!

All visitors to the event must sign participant waivers for GMI and for the USEF/USEA.  Click the links above to sign the USEF/USEA Participant Waiver and GMI Waiver forms electronically.  

We will post details about options for visitors on the Visitors' page.  Competitors should visit the Competitors' page for more information.

Restrictions on Entry

PLEASE NOTE that anyone who:

1.   exhibits COVID-19 symptoms

2.   has tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous two weeks, or

3.  anyone who has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous two weeks

may not enter the show grounds (There is an exception for healthcare personnel).


Daily self-temperature monitoring will be required for everyone (volunteers, officials, competition staff, sponsors, and service providers) prior to entering the show grounds. Any individual with a temperature of 99.5°F or higher, may not enter the show grounds.

Face Masks/Face Covering

Requirement:  UPDATE: Face masks/face coverings must be worn at all times when on the competition grounds except when mounted on a horse or seated in a horse-drawn carriage or cart. Please do your part and wear your face mask/face covering as required.

  • Because you cannot predict when another person may be within six feet of you, it is best to keep your face mask/face covering with you at all times while on competition grounds, including those times when you are going to an area where you may be alone or at a greater distance than six feet from another person. This will ensure that you are able to apply your face mask/face covering prior to being within six feet of another person.

  • Make sure you are wearing your face mask/face covering prior to entering competition areas where you are likely to be near other people, including areas such as the in-gate, arena, schooling area, restroom, food stand, show office, vendors, stabling, etc.

  • If you become hot while wearing your face mask/face covering, move to a location where you are alone or at a distance greater than six feet from another person (and preferably 12 feet or more), and lower or drop one side of your face mask/face covering to cool off.

  • If an official, competition organizer or member of the organizer’s team requires you to don a face mask/face covering, you must comply. The competition organizer can impose more stringent requirements than those contained in the Plan.


Social Distancing

Requirement:  All individuals must practice social distancing (or physical distancing) at all times while on the competition grounds by staying at least six feet (about two arms’ length) from any person who is not a member of their immediate household. Exception: social distancing is not required while competing (including warm-up) in driving classes where more than one participant is seated in a horse-drawn carriage or cart.

  • An immediate household is comprised of individuals who may or may not be related but are consistently living in the same house or dwelling.

  • Members of an immediate household are still required to wear face masks/face coverings when there is a possibility of being within six feet of any other individuals, including members of their own household. 

  • Competition organizers are encouraged to implement a system that visually (e.g., numbered or colored IDs or some other form of credential) identifies members of the same immediate household.

  • If a competition organizer requires that everyone on the show grounds respect social distancing for the consistency of enforcement, you must comply with this requirement. The competition organizer can impose more stringent requirements than those contained in the Plan.


The Competition Organizer has the authority under USEF GR 702.1 and GR914 to remove from the facility any person who does not comply with the regulations and requirements in effect at the competition.  See USEF rules for details:

Please review the informational resources provided below for additional information.

Informational Resources:

Other Plans: