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The Plains, Virginia -- May 25, 2016 -- The Land Rover Great Meadow International, Presented by Adequan®, is proud to welcome a wide array of prominent horse sport sponsors and supporters for its 2016 international event, returning to Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia, July 8-10.
The Great Meadow International (GMI) is a premier eventing competition with world-class facilities that include a new $1 Million arena constructed specifically for this event. The 2016 GMI will be a historic and thrilling competition as it is hosting the first-ever FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing competition outside Europe and is a preparation event for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Eventing Team.
Land Rover, the British maker of Land Rover and Range Rover luxury sport utility vehicles, has been the title sponsor of GMI for the past two years. Land Rover has a long association with the sport of eventing through our support as title sponsor of the U.S. Land Rover Eventing Team, official vehicle of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), and presenting sponsor of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Land Rover is renowned for providing some of the most luxurious and capable vehicles in the world, with each vehicle being equally at home both on and off road. Today's Land Rover lineup includes the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque, LR4 and the Discovery Sport.
"Returning as title sponsor of this event in such a beautiful equestrian setting is a perfect fit for Land Rover. The venue provides a wonderful backdrop to showcase our latest vehicle line-up, and at the same time, provides us an opportunity to support the equestrian community through our USEF and US Eventing Team sponsorships," said Kim McCullough, Brand Vice President, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC. "We are excited about the growth of the event this year with the addition of the Nations Cup competition and the development of the new arena. With this new format, Great Meadow is providing top-class International competition for event attendees, and has improved competitive conditions for the surrounding equestrian community."
Adequan® is back as the Presenting Sponsor for the second year. "We are excited to be part of this first-ever Nations Cup competition in the U.S.," stated Allyn Mann, Director of Luitpold Animal Health, makers of Adequan® (Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan). "This is a first-class facility that has a wonderful group of people organizing the event and future events to come. This fits in directly with our overall strategic plan to support the equine industry and the athletic horse and riders."
Charles Owen offers the largest range of equestrian riding helmets independently certified to three international equestrian safety standards, offering a wider range of protection in an accident. Charles Owen is not only focused on creating the best quality products for the equestrian, but also on the health of the rider. At this year's GMI, Charles Owen will host three "Hydration Stations - Water For The Brain" in different locations offering free bottles of water to competitors and spectators.
"Charles Owen is committed to the discipline of eventing and is thrilled to be part of GMI and the first-ever FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ in the U.S.," said Danielle Santos, Director of Sales & Marketing at Charles Owen. "We're excited to bring the Hydration Stations to the event as water is important to protect against brain injury for riders."
FarmVet is bringing an innovative and fun aspect to GMI as sponsors of the "FarmVet Fist Pump" competition. The rider that exudes the best, most impressive fist pump immediately upon completing their show jumping round will earn $500 from FarmVet!
"We're excited about the FarmVet Fist Pump competition!" said Christian Currey, FarmVet Founder and President. "We thought it would be fun, different and a great opportunity for the riders to showcase their personality."
Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) was founded by horsemen to serve horsemen and provide insurance to cover all types of equine risk. Taylor Harris Insurance Services delivers a knowledgeable team of agents with considerable equine experience and the ability to easily communicate the finer points of insurance policies. Since the founding of Taylor Harris Insurance services in 1987, it has been a priority to support equestrian sports.
"We are proud to be equestrians supporting equestrians, and excited to be a part of the legacy as well as the future of equestrian sports at Great Meadow," said Michael Taylor, President and Director of Taylor Harris.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is a non-profit 501c(3), educational organization committed to providing eventing enthusiasts with a competitive level suited to their individual skills. By assisting and educating competitors, event organizers and officials; maintaining responsible safety standards; and registering qualified competitions and clinics, the USEA offers a strong and continuous training opportunity for an ever-expanding field of world-class competitors. Just as importantly, the USEA provides a means for all riders, regardless of age or ability, to experience the thrill of eventing.
"The USEA is proud to partner with the 2016 Land Rover Great Meadow International FEI Nations Cup CICO*** presented by Adequan," stated USEA CEO Rob Burk. "As the first event of its kind in North America, we felt it was important to lend our support. We look forward to the success of the event and for the future of eventing at this amazing site in the heart of eventing country in America."
"Great Meadow International would like to thank all of our Sponsors for their support and generosity," said Robert. L Banner Jr., President of the Great Meadow Foundation. "It's wonderful to have so many superb companies on board with us for our historic 2016 event!"
GMI would like to thank the following Executive Sponsors for their support including: Langenberg Law Office; Salamander Hotels & Resorts; Wegmans; United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).
Specials thanks to the following Hospitality Sponsors including: Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Horsemen's Hospitality Tent Sponsor; Devils Backbone Brewing Company; RSVP Catering; Stella Artois; Virginia Eagle Distributing.
GMI would also like to thank Additional Sponsors: Cargill Animal Nutrition; Conestoga Buildings; Fauquier County, VA; Tri-County Feeds, Fashions, Finds; and the Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington who created the initial artwork for the GMI posters and logos.
Media Sponsors of the GMI include: The Chronicle of the Horse; Eventing Nation; Practical Horseman; Middleburg Eccentric; Middleburg Life; The Piedmont Virginian; WINC 92.5 FM; RIDE TV.
To kick off this historic weekend, spectators are encouraged to come out on Friday, July 8 for a "Free on Friday" celebration which will include an Opening Ceremony, a chance to inspect the new $1 Million arena being constructed specifically for this competition and the grand opening of the Meadow Market Trade Show.
Competition will begin with dressage on Saturday morning, July 9, followed by the show jumping phase later that afternoon. The cross-country phase will begin at 9:00 AM on Sunday, July 10, with the closing ceremony scheduled for mid-day. Admission on Saturday and Sunday is $30 per carload (up to 6 occupants). A weekend pass providing admission on both days is also available for $50 per carload (up to 6 occupants).
Ticket packages are now on sale and can be purchased online now at http://bit.ly/GMITickets. For those interested in a unique up-close experience, Great Meadow also offers Cross-Country Tailgate options in addition to Corporate and several upscale VIP Hospitality Packages featuring gourmet food, front-row seating and much more! Further details are available athttp://www.greatmeadowinternational.com/#!tickets/ct8u.
Full details on the 2016 Land Rover Great Meadow International, Presented by Adequan® are available at www.GreatMeadowInternational.com.
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 the1980s, primarily urban growth pressure on farmland near Washington, 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.