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The Salamander Collection is the Official Lodging Sponsor & Market Salamander Returns as Caterer

THE PLAINS, Virginia – April 2023 – Five Rings Eventing is pleased to announce the Salamander Collection™ as the official lodging sponsor and Market Salamander™ as the official caterer of the Great Meadow International CIC2, 3 and 4*-S.

The MARS Great Meadow International (MARSGMI) takes place in The Plains, Virginia on August 24-27, 2023 and offers three levels of international and one national level of eventing competition.

In 2022, Salamander opened the Salamander Washington DC, ideally located near all of Washington D.C.’s major attractions. Salamander Washington DC, now part of the Salamander Collection, which also includes the Salamander Resort & Spa located in Middleburg, Virginia, joins the incredible sponsorship team behind MARSGMI.

In 2022, MARSGMI sold out of all its tailgate and hospitality options, showing how this event has grown over the years. “We are delighted that the Salamander Collection is now part of this event,” said Darrin Mollett, co-owner of Five Rings Eventing, “It only elevates the lodging options for our patrons and allows the event to showcase this fantastic collection.”

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, beer garden, and entertainment for the whole family. The 2023 Great Meadow International will take place on August 24th to August 27nd .

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 the Salamander Collection

Salamander Hotels & Resorts is privately owned and operated, and based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila Johnson, it has a luxury portfolio featuring the Forbes Five-Star Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, an equestrian-inspired property near Washington, D.C.; Salamander Washington DC, a grand luxury hotel located along the capital’s vibrant Southwest waterfront; Half Moon, the storied resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, features three distinct experiences including the newly opened Eclipse; the newly renovated and reimagined Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club on Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla; Aspen Meadows Resort, a sweeping destination property located on 40 beautiful acres in Aspen, CO; Hotel Bennett, a spectacular grand hotel in Charleston, SC, overlooking the city’s historic Marion Square; and Innisbrook Resort in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area, which hosts the PGA TOUR’s Valspar Championship each year on its famed Copperhead Course.

For more information about Salamander Resort and Spa, please visit

For more information about Salamander DC, 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

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