Saturday is THE DAY at MARS EQUESTRIAN™ Great Meadow International
Volunteer At All Three Great Meadow Events and Receive Extra Prizes!
THE PLAINS, Virginia – August 2021 – Five Rings Eventing is excited to announce the Saturday line up at the MARS EQUESTRIAN™ Great Meadow International (MARSGMI) in The Plains, VA taking place on August 19-22, 2021. MARSGMI is a high-performance three-day eventing competition held annually at the Great Meadow Foundation in The Plains, Virginia.
Preliminary show jumping kicks off the morning at 8am. Watch these brave horses tackle the painted poles in the beautiful Fleming Farm Arena.
Need a break from the action? Visit the vendors at Meadow Market. From the Snazzy Fox to VTO Saddlery, there is something for everyone.
Jim Wofford of Fox Covert Farm returns for his popular cross country course walk. The course walk will start on Saturday at 10:30am at the main water complex on the racecourse. Walk up to some of the signature cross country complexes and hear about how Jim thinks the horse and rider combinations might navigate the obstacles.
Stay and watch the preliminary cross country on the racecourse, starting at 11:30am. Or, come back to the Fleming Farm Arena to watch the CCI3* show jumping, which starts at 12:15pm.
Ready for a bite to eat? Enjoy amazing BBQ from Big Mike’s Food Truck or sample some wine from Slater Run Winery.
DJ Snowhite kicks off in the early afternoon with her signature housemusic. You can also find DJ Snowhite every Sunday afternoon at Virginia United Polo Sunday Polo right here at Great Meadow on the Sheila Johnson polo field. Be sure to check out their Virginia United Polo Instagram, Facebook, and website for more information about this fast, USPA sanctioned polo league.
The 4* show jump commences at 3:30pm and goes right into the evening.
Remember to bring your dog to visit the MARS VIPet trailer to enjoy all of their brand offerings and pamper your pooch!
About Jim Wofford
Wofford was a successful eventing competitor until his retirement in 1986. He was on the 1968, 1972, and 1980 Olympic teams, winning two Team Silver medals, and one individual Silver medal. He also competed in the 1970 and 1978 World championships, winning Bronze individual and team medals. Widely sought after as a clinician and coach, Wofford is equally well known as an author. His first book, TRAINING THE 3-DAY EVENT HORSE AND RIDER, is now back in print after selling out the first print run, while his second book, GYMNASTICS: SYSTEMATIC TRAINING OF THE JUMPING HORSE has been revised and reprinted. Two other books, TAKE A GOOD LOOK AROUND, and 101 EVENTING TIPS, are still in print. His CROSS-COUNTRY WITH JIM WOFFORD, is now widely available as is his biography, STILL HORSE CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. In addition, he writes a regular column for Practical Horseman, the largest monthly periodical in the U.S. dedicated to “English” riding.
About DJ Snowhite
Liz White AKA DJ Snowhite is House music focused DJ living in the Middleburg, Virginia. With a passion for using the music to create an experience, Snow has a special prospective on the music itself. Curating the perfect mix with her own signature style is a testament to the time she invests in studying music and bringing a distinctive sound and energy to every set. With a
dedication to music that runs deeper than just DJing, Snow produces her own music playing the guitar, piano, and using her vocals. Snow has had experience playing clubs in DC, Florida and New York, but enjoys playing at local events in her community equally as much.
About Virginia United Polo
The Virginia United Polo League is a collaborate league with fields including Kingland Farm, Foxlease Polo, Beverly Equestrian, and Great Meadow. Led by Bill Ballhaus, the Virginia United Polo League management team includes professionals Marcos Bignoli, Juan Ghirlanda, and Tolito Ocampo. Virginia United Polo League's (VUP) second year hosted four USPA tournaments, with 27 teams in a given month between the open, 6, 8 and 12 goal leagues. VUP’s inaugural summer Sunday Polo series began June 13th at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia and runs through September 5th.
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 www.mars.com. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.
About MARS EQUESTRIAN™
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 www.marsequestrian.com and join us @marsequestrian.