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Piedmont Equine Partnering with the 2023 MARS EQUESTRIAN™ GMI to Provide Prize Money to U25 Riders

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

Piedmont Equine Helping Riders and their Equine Athletes

THE PLAINS, Virginia – July 17, 2023 – Five Rings Eventing is pleased to announce a continued partnership with Piedmont Equine to provide prize money for U25 riders in this year’s event.

The MARS Great Meadow International (MARSGMI) takes place in The Plains, Virginia on August 24-27, 2023, and offers CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S and preliminary divisions.

Piedmont Equine has been a supporter of MARSGMI for years. Once again, Piedmont Equine will provide prize money for the best three scores amongst the U25 riders in the two star and the lowest scores amongst the U25 riders in the combined three- and four-star divisions. The prize money will be $400, $250, and $100 for the best three U25 of each.

“Piedmont Equine is a perfect long-term partner, committed to the future success of MARSGMI. We are so grateful to once again have their support and look forward to a great event in August.” said David O’Connor of Five Rings Eventing.

"Piedmont Equine is proud to support the up-and-coming riders by sponsoring the Under 25 awards at MARSGMI again this year. We are lucky to have this great competition just down the road," said Joe Davis, Partner, Piedmont Equine.

Returning for 2023, MARSGMI will offer general admission weekend passes as well as fabulous tailgate options for spectators. 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 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, wine and food vendors, 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 Piedmont Equine Practice

The Piedmont Equine Practice provides comprehensive care for equine athletes at all

levels – from performance horses to trail horses, companions and retirees through ambulatory farm calls or in their state-of-the-art hospital. Coverage for emergencies is available 24/7.

Veterinarians in the practice have special interests in sports medicine and reproduction. Piedmont has two boarded surgeons who are critical care specialists, as well as staff doctors who have obtained national certification to provide alternative modalities such as acupuncture and chiropractic. They have top referral specialists available in many fields including internal medicine and ophthalmology. It is the goal of The Piedmont Equine Practice to make cutting edge medical care available to every horse owner.

For more information on Piedmont Equine, please visit or call them at 540-364-4950.

About Piedmont Small Animal Clinic

The Small Animal Clinic at Piedmont Equine provides thoughtful care for dogs and cats from pediatrics to geriatrics, with an emphasis on preventative care with a goal of supporting a long, happy life! They perform routine wellness and physical exams, vaccinations and assist with behavioral and nutrition issues. Piedmont has state of the art diagnostic tools, as well as providing routine surgeries and dentals.

Their goal is to offer caring, individualized service from their educated, experienced team of veterinary health professionals for the comfort of your pets and your family. For more info see their website- or call 540-364-4954.

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