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Experienced Team Behind Erin Gilmore Photography To Be The Official Photographer of 2021 MARSGMI

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

TTHE PLAINS, Virginia – August 2021Erin Gilmore Photography joins MARS Great Meadow International (MARSGMI) as the official show photographer for this year’s event. MARSGMI takes place in The Plains, Virginia on August 19-22, 2021 and offers CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S and preliminary divisions.

With career highlights that range from covering multiple Olympic Games to working with international equestrian brands and clients, Erin Gilmore’s work has been seen and published around the world.

As a lifelong horse owner herself, Erin understands the unique connection between horses and their riders and works to capture it in standout images that speak directly to every person she photographs.

“There’s nothing I enjoy more than putting myself in the boots of the riders I photograph; as a rider myself, I can relate to the time and hard work it takes just to enter a competition ring, and I try to do every rider justice by working to capture them at their best,” says Erin.

Erin Gilmore Photography covers equestrian events in the Northern Virginia area and beyond and most recently photographed the 2021 Land Rover KY Three Day Event in Lexington, KY. Erin works closely with a dedicated team of photographers who are as passionate about their work as they are about equestrian sport. The MARSGMI Organizing Committee is excited to welcome her team to the venue.

“There are few places as picturesque as Great Meadow,” said Darrin Mollett of Five Rings Eventing, the organizer of MARSGMI, “No doubt, Erin and her team will do an amazing job of showcasing the event, the horses, and the property.”

Erin’s photos will be available in galleries on her website for riders and fans to view and purchase. A select group of photos will also be published each day of the event so keep a look out on GMI’s website and socials.

Last year, MARSGMI successfully implemented the “Great Meadow Model” to run a safe event during the pandemic. This year will be no different as MARSGMI will return to the same model to allow spectators to enjoy the competition in a safe environment.

Returning for 2021, MARSGMI will offer general admission weekend passes as well as fabulous tailgate options for spectators. Limited vendors, a wine vendor, and food trucks have been invited to enhance the spectator experience. Catering is also offered through Market Salamander.

“Great Meadow is truly a special place in the heart of Northern Virginia horse country,” 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.”

MARSGMI will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and maintain communication with the Great Meadow Foundation, state and local health officials and the USEF and FEI.


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.

About Mars, Incorporated

For more than a century, Mars, Incorporated has been driven by the belief that the world we want tomorrow starts with how we do business today. This idea is at the center of who we have always been as a global, family-owned business. Today, Mars is transforming, innovating and evolving in ways that affirm our commitment to making a positive impact on the world around us. Across our diverse and expanding portfolio of confectionery, food, and petcare products and services, we employ 133,000 dedicated Associates who are all moving in the same direction: forward. With $40 billion in annual sales, we produce some of the world’s best-loved brands including DOVE®, EXTRA®, M&M’s®, MILKY WAY®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, ORBIT®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, SKITTLES®, BEN’S ORIGINAL™, WHISKAS®, COCOAVIA®, and 5™; and take care of half of the world’s pets through our pet health services AniCura, Banfield™ Pet Hospitals, BluePearl®, Linnaeus, and VCA™.

We know we can only be truly successful if our partners and the communities in which we operate prosper as well. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire our Associates to take action every day to help create a world tomorrow in which the planet, its people and pets can thrive. For more information about Mars, please visit Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.


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