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THE PLAINS, Virginia – May 2020 – Five Rings Eventing, LLC is pleased to announce the return of MARS Equestrian™, a division of Mars, Incorporated, as the title sponsor of the Great Meadow International CIC2, 3 and 4*-S. 

The MARS Great Meadow International (MARSGMI) takes place in The Plains, Virginia on August 20-23, 2020. At this point, MARSGMI is planning to proceed as scheduled. The Organizing Committee is in the process of developing protocols to ensure the safety of everyone involved with the event, following all local, national, USEA and FEI requirements related to the COVID-19 health crisis. The driving force for all involved will be the health and safety of all competitors, volunteers, and competition staff.

“The sport of Eventing may be on hold for now, but when it is safe to return to competition, MARS Equestrian is a perfect long term partner, committed to the future success of MARSGMI. As we navigate this difficult time, we are so grateful to once again have their supp...

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About MARS Great Meadow International

Established in 2015, the MARS Great Meadow International is a three-day eventing competition held annually at the Great Meadow Foundation in The Plains, Virginia. In addition to the international equestrian competition, the event features VIP hospitality, a trade fair, beer garden, and entertainment for the whole family. The 2020 Great Meadow International will take place on August 20th to August 23rd.

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2020 Vendor Spaces are Discounted BELOW 2019 Prices; PLUS Early Bird Pricing Now in Effect Until April 30.  Don't Delay, Space is Limited! 

The Plains, VA - March 2020 – The results of our 2020 survey indicate that we need an expanded vendor village at the 2020MARSGMI.

We are answering the call with a larger space dedicated to vendors immediately adjacent to the Fleming Farm VIP Tent, (NEW) Piedmont Club, and FREE Fan Zone tents.

Plus we have discounted our regular price vendor spaces and have introduced an early bird discount now through April 30.

The Great Meadow International will once again offer its signature VIP dining experience for the weekend. With upscale catering and beautiful decor, the GMI Fleming Farm VIP tent has been described as one of the best ringside dining and hospitality experiences in area by recent guests.


Once again, there will be entertainment, great food and drink, and a dog-and-kid friendly atmosphere. Many special activities are being planned and wil...

New Budget-Friendly Reserved Spectator Offerings Join Signature VIP Experience at 2020 Great Meadow International

The Plains, VA - February 2020 – Since the sport of eventing returned to Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia in 2014, each year the event has continued to improve its spectator experience and this year will be no exception.

This year, the MARS Great Meadow International will take place on August 20-23, 2020 and feature three levels of international competition along with a new national preliminary level.

There are new reserved guest options at every level to suit all budgets and preferences. Fleming Hill tailgates on the high point of cross country course start as low as $112.50 while discounts last. Ringside boxes, ringside tailgates, and Swan Lake tailgates on the racecourse are also available with options to upgrade to tents with other features.

The Great Meadow International will once again offer its signature VIP dining experience for the weekend. With upscale catering an...

Accommodating more competitors with addition of National division

The Plains, VA - January 2020 – Five Rings Eventing, organizers of the MARS Great Meadow International, is pleased to announce the addition of a Preliminary division to the 2020 event, scheduled for August 20th to 23rd.

Held annually in The Plains, Virginia, the MARS Great Meadow International’s expanded offerings have allowed the event to focus on a broader competitor base. Once an FEI Nations Cup™ with a single division, GMI has grown to include a CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S in addition to the new national level.

Of the 2020 plans, Organizer Darrin Mollet said, “"We're pleased to announce the addition of a national preliminary division to this year’s competition this summer, and are excited about the chance it will give us to share this event with more riders in the community."

For all levels of competition, dressage and showjumping will take place in the Fleming Farm Arena, on Attwood Equestrian Surfaces footing. The cro...


Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019 MARS GMI. We are excited for 2020 and plans are already underway. Before we finalize, we want feedback from YOU.

✅Do you want to see more food trucks?
✅Do you want different parking options?
✅Do you want more things to do for kids?

Let us know what you think and we will try to make it happen.

Help us out by completing this quick survey, it should only take two or three minutes, and is completely anonymous. 

Or, if you share your email, you will be eligible be entered in a giveaway for a free general admission ticket to GMI taking place this year August 20-24, 2020.

Thank you and we hope to hear from you!

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