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Salamander Resort & Spa Returns as Official Lodging Sponsor, Market Salamander Returns as Caterer

THE PLAINS, Virginia - April 2021

Five Rings Eventing, LLC is pleased to announce the return of Salamander Resort & Spa as the official lodging sponsor and Market Salamander as the official caterer of the MARS Equestrian Great Meadow International.

The MARS Great Meadow International (MARSGMI) takes place in The Plains, Virginia on August 19-22, 2021. With the relaxation of the USEF COVID Action Plan and Virginia Commonwealth’s mandates, MARSGMI is planning to proceed as scheduled with a robust country fair experience in the heart of horse country, Fauquier County, Northern Virginia.

In the challenging summer of 2020, the MARSGMI organizing team created the “Great Meadow Model,” which allowed “sponsors” to attend horse trials again and the remodeled MARSGMI went off without a hitch. “We are excited to return to “the Model” and offer our sponsors and spectators the best and safest viewing experience possible,” said Darrin Mollett of Five Rings Eventing.

“There is a pent-up demand for sporting events, and what better (and safe place) than the outdoors in the beautiful Virginia countryside?” said Reggie Cooper, General Manager of Salamander Resort & Spa, “Market Salamander over-delivered by bringing Salamander quality picnics to the VIP tailgates last year and we know they will continue to impress in 2021 with their expanded offerings to the other tailgates.”

Once again, MARSGMI will offer a national preliminary division to include more competitors in this destination event.

“Great Meadow is truly a special place in the heart of Northern Virginia horse country,” said Mollett. “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, and entertainment for the whole family. The 2021 Great Meadow International will take place from August 19th to August 22nd.

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 Salamander Resort & Spa

Salamander Resort & Spa is found in the charming and historic small town of Middleburg, Virginia. The charismatic Forbes Five-Star resort features 168 guestrooms and suites all with scenic views of the countryside. Truly dedicated to health and wellness, a 23,000-square-foot spa presents 14 treatment rooms and a private outdoor courtyard with a heated pool. In addition, Salamander has built one of the finest equestrian facilities and programs in the country with 25 on-site acres dedicated to riding and a 14,000-square-foot stable. The culinary program also does not disappoint with the rustic Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill, a multi-experience cooking studio, well-appointed wine bar, and jovial billiards room. Also offering zip lining, tennis, nature hikes, archery, and an abundant amount of other outdoor activities, the adventures are endless.

For more information about Salamander Resort and Spa, please visit

About Market Salamander

Market Salamander is a charismatic gourmet market located just steps away from Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA. Enjoy indulgent breakfast or lunch in the inviting café or outdoor patio, explore with one of our gourmet picnics to-go, take advantage of the full-service off-premise catering, or design your own custom cake for your next event. We invite you to discover a feast for the senses in Virginia’s horse and wine country at Market Salamander.

For more information about Market Salamander, please visit

About the Residences at Salamander

Thoughtful amenities, impeccable service, and a truly creative approach to the guest experience have resulted in Washington, D.C.’s only Forbes Five-Star status, the Salamander Resort & Spa. Now, the Resort is pleased to present a rare opportunity for private ownership. Nestled in the heart of horse and wine country, Residences at Salamander is a curated collection of estate homes set within the grounds of the acclaimed 340-acre Salamander Resort & Spa. Whether you’re a frequent resort guest or a first-time visitor, we invite you to join our community and call Residences at Salamander home.

To learn more, please visit .

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