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Gillian Valentine Is Sponsoring the “Ride of the Day” on the Livestream and Groom’s Award

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

Gillian Valentine

THE PLAINS, Virginia – August 2021 – Five Rings Eventing, LLC is pleased to announce a partnership with Gillian Valentine to sponsor the “Ride of the Day” awarded by the livestream commentators and provide a prize to the groom of the horse selected.

The MARS EQUESTRIAN™ Great Meadow International (MARSGMI) takes place in The Plains, Virginia on August 25-28, 2022 and offers CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S and preliminary divisions. The event is livestreamed by Horse & Country TV and starting on Friday, H & C livestreams the “Ride of the Day” each competition day starting Friday.

Horse & Country (H&C), the leading international sports network for the active and passionate equestrian community, will provide exclusive coverage of the 2021 MARS Great Meadow International on its streaming service, H&C+.

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the livestream commentators will determine the Ride of the Day. H&C will then promote the Ride of the Day on its channel.

As a grass root business, we know how much goes in behind the scenes to make a business work smoothly,” said Jill Grant, President of Gillian Valentine. “With the Ride of the Day we want to honor both the rider and groom who take care of the Horse.

This is Gillian Valentines’ third year at MARSGMI. The quality of their products are undeniable, so when Gillian Valentine wanted to come back in 2022, it was a welcome return.

“GV has stepped up once again with this generous offer of a gift and $300 cash to the groom of the horse selected for the “Ride of the Day” for all three phases,” said Darrin Mollett, who together with David O’Connor run Five Ring’s Eventing, the Organizer of the event. The grooms will also receive a pajama set. “We cannot over emphasize the contribution of the grooms to these high-level competition horses. It is humbling to see so many people come together to support them.”

In 2020, 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 2022, 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.

“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.”


About Gillian Valentine

Gillian Valentine is a lifestyle brand featuring artists from around the world on home-goods and decor. Using organic cottons milled in Indiana, we offer a line of ready and made-to-order products featuring one of a kind art. Our products are made locally in Charlottesville and Gordonsville, VA. Our goal is to create sustainable, one of a kind products.

For more information about Gillian Valentine please visit

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 more information about 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 H&C TV

Horse & Country is the leading international sports network for the passionate and active equestrian community. Headquartered in London, it is available globally via connected TVs, mobile and web and on leading digital and pay-TV platforms in the US, UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Australia. Horse & Country’s programming line-up includes live coverage from leading sporting competitions in all equestrian disciplines, as well as training and learning shows, documentaries and entertainment.

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.


MARS EQUESTRIAN™ Sponsorship, funded 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, the MARS EQUESTRIAN Brand is dedicated to our purpose to improve the lives of horses, pets, and the people who love them.

For more information please visit and join us @marsequestrian.

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