The Great Meadow International is proud to welcome Land Rover as its title sponsor! The Land Rover Great Meadow International will host the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for its final preparation trial prior to the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada this summer. The international level competition takes place at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia, June 19-21, and will also feature a $30,000 CIC3* competition.
“We are grateful to Land Rover for seeing our vision for this event and supporting the sport of Eventing,” said Robert L. Banner, Jr., President of the Great Meadow Foundation. “This is a wonderful opportunity for spectators and fans to watch the nation’s top horses and riders compete at a stunning venue and to cheer on the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team before they head off to Toronto for the 2015 Pan American Games in July. By hosting the Team’s final prep event and the $30,000 CIC 3* competition, we know we will have the country’s best horses and riders competing at our event!”
In addition to the top competitors that high performance equestrian sport has to offer, the entertainment at Great Meadow International is also a high priority. Spectators will be treated to a bounty of entertainment options, including family friendly programming and the addition of a lux hospitality experience. Land Rover will host a specially designed off-road test drive course where guests will have an opportunity to experience the latest Land Rover and Range Rover models. New this year, the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport, a versatile premium compact SUV will be available for consumers to drive. The first member of the new Discovery vehicle family, the Discovery Sport is a dynamic design with a compact footprint, providing seven-passenger seating in an available “5+2” configuration. It delivers a highly refined combination of performance, safety and efficiency and is available with a 240hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, nine-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive.
“To further demonstrate our support of the United States Equestrian Federation and the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team we are thrilled to partner with the Great Meadow organization for this final preparatory competition,” said Kim McCullough, Vice President of Marketing, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC. “This is also a great opportunity for Land Rover to participate in a significant event and create an exciting test drive experience in a natural setting.”
During the dressage phase on Friday night, all spectators can indulge in a ‘Sip & Shop’ event in the GMI Vendor Village featuring local vineyards and a bevy of national and local shopping partners. VIPs will be treated to an upscale dinner in an elegant tent with live entertainment for the evening as well. Sunday will offer multiple options for daytime tailgating during the Cross Country phase.
The competition begins on Friday, June 19 with Dressage tests taking place in the main arena from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., followed by the Sip ‘n’ Shop in Vendor Village from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. On Saturday, June 20, Show Jumping Competition will take place from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., followed by the CIC3* and Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team Pan Am Prep Trial Show Jumping Phases. From 8:00-10:00 p.m., there will be live entertainment and dancing in the Polo Pavilion.
On Sunday, June 21, Tailgating on Members’ Hill and Fleming Hill will open at 8:00 a.m. The opening of the inaugural Cross Country Course will take place at 9:00 a.m. followed by the Cross Country Phase beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Awards Ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by a ground-breaking ceremony launching the construction of a new world-class, all-weather arena with a unique water complex adjoining. A press conference and photo opportunity will follow those ceremonies with opportunities for the press to interview team riders and donors making the new arena possible.