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MARS EQUESTRIAN™ - New Title Sponsor of Great Meadow International

THE PLAINS, Virginia – May 2019 – Five Rings Eventing, LLC welcomes MARS EQUESTRIAN™ Sponsorship, a division of Mars, Incorporated, as the new Title Sponsor of the Great Meadow International CIC2,3 and 4*-S. The Great Meadow International returns to the Plains, August 22-25, 2019.

Now in its 5th year, the Great Meadow International (GMI) has been repackaged into a larger competitor and spectator-based event offering three levels of international competition. The event features Olympic-level riders and horses in what can best be described as an equestrian triathlon. In addition to the equestrian competition, the 2019 GMI will highlight all things related to our canine companions. Leashed dogs are welcome and can enjoy amenities including a “VIP’ – “Very Important Pouch” cooling tent with swag, treat samples, and more especially for your best four legged friend. Other additions to the event schedule include canine demonstrations and dog-friendly programming and educational events for the whole family.

“Dedicated to sustainability, MARS EQUESTRIAN is the right fit as the title sponsor for the Great Meadow International. The sport of Eventing, and all equestrian pursuits, depend on the preservation of open space, and in that common bond, MARS EQUESTRIAN is a most welcome partners for this historic horse community,” said O’Connor.

“Great Meadow is truly a special place in the heart of Northern Virginia horse country. In a few short years, the Great Meadow Foundation has created an amazing venue that has contributed to the sport on multiple levels. We are pleased to partner with MARS EQUESTRIAN to continue to expand what was started by the generous donors who are dedicated to open space and equestrian sport in this area and beyond,” said O’Connor. “We are especially excited to broaden the reach of this event to be more inclusive of our community members, businesses, and organizations who share our love of open space, animal well-being, and the Piedmont.”

“MARS EQUESTRIAN is delighted to be the Title Sponsor of GMI,” said Dr. Bridgett McIntosh, Director of MARS EQUESTRIAN. “Offering multiple levels of competition in a community-focused event, with pet-friendly activities for fans, creates the ideal intersection for Mars, Incorporated’s diverse portfolio of brands. Ultimately, the partnership with GMI is central to our purpose to improve the lives of horses, pets, and the people who love them.”

Tickets to GMI are available here. All grounds admission tickets to GMI include general parking and admission to the venue and Meadow Market vendor village featuring live entertainment, a beer garden, tasty offerings from top local food trucks, and family friendly games. Tickets also include admission to the Demonstration Station featuring exciting and educational demonstrations. For those seeking options featuring premier Virginia hospitality, special ringside boxes, tailgates and tables in the VIP pavilion are also available.


About Great Meadow International

Established in 2015, the 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 2019 Great Meadow International will take place on August 22nd to August 25th.

For information at Great Meadow International, please visit

About Five Rings Eventing

Five Rings Eventing is a high-performance event organizer and management company founded by Darrin Mollett and David O’Connor to enhance the sport of eventing in Northern Virginia and beyond. FRE’s mission is to provide exceptional competition opportunities for athletes and their equine partners to help them reach their individual goals, whether they are at the entry level to international competition or the highest level of team competition.


MARS EQUESTRIAN Sponsorship by MARS, Incorporated, is the link between our iconic brands and the equestrian community. For generations, Mars has celebrated a rich equestrian heritage, and through purposeful partnerships, MARS EQUESTRIAN is committed to the sport and building an enduring legacy. From world-class competitions across all equestrian disciplines to stewarding the power of horses on society and sustainability, MARS EQUESTRIAN is dedicated to our purpose to improve the lives of horses, pets, and the people who love them.

For more information about MARS EQUESTRIAN, please visit

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