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Boehringer Ingelheim To Sponsor 2023 MARS EQUESTRIAN™ GMI’s Volunteer Headquarters

Volunteer At All Three Great Meadow Events and Receive Extra Prizes!

The Plains, VA – June 2023. Joining the event’s esteemed list of sponsors this year, Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) will bring an added flair to the Volunteer Headquarters at the MARS Great Meadow International (MARSGMI) to be held in The Plains, Virginia August 24-27, 2023. The event is one of the premier three-day eventing competitions in the country, offering CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S, and preliminary levels.

As with other prestigious competitions, MARSGMI cannot run without scores of volunteers. Every year the event and its volunteer captain Lindsay Cooley Swan strive to entice volunteers with a streamlined registration and recognition process, robust food offerings, entries in a prize raffle, and the signature yellow GMI VOLUNTEER T-Shirt.

Moreover, for the past two years, the MARSGMI Organizing Committee has participated in the “super supporters” program, providing special prizes to volunteers who contribute at all three recognized three-day events held at the venue.

BI is excited to add to the experience of volunteering by providing additional offerings. “Here at BI, we recognize the importance of volunteers to any event, and want to make the volunteers who continue to support our eventing community feel special,” said Deborah May, of BI Animal Health. “To do that, we thought it would be a great opportunity to provide extra supplies to the Volunteer Headquarters at MARSGMI in order to show our utmost appreciation.”

“At GMI we are so lucky to have many experienced and dedicated volunteers who come back year after year, and we look forward to making new volunteer friends as well,” said Volunteer Captain Lindsay Cooly Swan. “I can never thank our volunteers enough for their generous contribution to our sport, and we are thrilled to have BI's support in doing so this year. Eventing runs on volunteers, and I look forward to BI's support of the Volunteer Headquarters and hope all of our hard-working helpers enjoy the extra support as well.”

To sign up to volunteer at one or all of this year’s remaining recognized events, click here for MARSGMI (August 24-27) and Old Tavern Horse Trials (September 30-October 1).


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, and entertainment for the whole family.

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.

About Boehringer Ingelheim

As a global leader in the animal health industry our more than 9,500 employees serve more than 150 markets worldwide. We are one of the largest providers of vaccines, parasiticides and therapeutics, complemented by diagnostics and monitoring platforms. With a strong presence in the companion animal and livestock segments, we support veterinarians, farmers as well as pet and horse owners. As part of family-owned Boehringer Ingelheim, we are rooted in our family values and take a long-term perspective. As animal enthusiasts, we come to work every day to help improve the lives of animals – be they at home, on the farm or sometimes in the wildlife.

To learn more about Boehringer Ingelheim, visit their website Boehringer Ingelheim and look for them on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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