The Plains, Virginia - The Land Rover Great Meadow International presented by Adequan® is set to get underway on Friday, featuring the Land Rover U.S. Eventing team in its final preparation trial prior to this summer's Pan American Games. A $30,000 CIC3* will also be featured. The starting field in the international event that also includes riders from Mexico and Canada is expected to include 27 riders with 35 horses.
"We are so excited that the big event is finally here," said Robert L. Banner, Jr., President of the Great Meadow Foundation. "We appreciate the support we've received from Land Rover, Adequan and the USEF. Their support has allowed us to put together what we believe will be an event that is world-class in every way and we can't thank them enough for partnering with us."
The competition begins on Friday with Dressage taking place in the main arena from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., followed by the Sip 'n' Shop in the Vendor Village from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. which will feature local vineyards and a bevy of national and local shopping partners.
On Saturday, Show Jumping will be featured from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Sunday will feature Tailgating on Members' Hill and Fleming Hill beginning at 7:30 a.m. The Cross Country Phase begins at 9:30 a.m. The Awards Ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. followed by a ground-breaking ceremony launching the construction of a new world-class, all-weather arena with an adjoining unique water complex.
The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the Pan Am Games includes:
Phillip Dutton, a two-time Olympic team gold medalist and the 2015 Rolex/USEF CCI4* National Champion. Dutton has two horses entered, Fernhill Cubalawn, a 12 year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Tom Tierney and Simon Roosevelt, and Fernhill Fugitive, a 10 year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Annie Jones. Dutton successfully competed both horses at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover in April, producing double-clear rounds on both horses at the four-star event.
Lauren Kieffer, who took second place at the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and won the 2014 Rolex/USEF National CCI4* National Championship. Kieffer will be competing Meadowbrook's Scarlett, an 8 year-old Thoroughbred cross mare owned by Marie Le Menestrel. The pair won the 2014 CIC2* at Jersey Fresh International, followed by victory in the CCI2* at Bromont, Canada. This year the duo placed ninth in the Carolina Horse Park CIC3*, and placed second in the Jersey Fresh International CCI3*. She is also entered on Vermiculus.
Marilyn Little who will be competing RF Scandalous, a 10 year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Raylyn Farm Inc., and Phoebe and Michael Manders. The duo have had five consecutive international victories, with their most recent at the CCI2* in Ocala. Little took up the sport of eventing in the fall of 2010 after much success competing at the international level in show jumping. Little was also a 2013 Land Rover US Eventing Team Member at CHIO*** Aachen (GER), CCI*** Saumur (FRA), CCI**** Pau (FRA).
Boyd Martin, who rode for the U.S. at the 2012 London Olympic Games and was the highest placing American rider (eighth) at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. He is currently ranked #4 in the FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings. He has entered his own and Pancho Villa Syndicate's Pancho Villa, a 12 year-old Selle Francais gelding. The pair have had great success so far this season with a second place in the CIC3* at Fair Hill and third place at the Jersey Fresh CCI3*.
U.S. Pan American Eventing Team: Matt Brown, Jennie Brannigan, Phillip Dutton, Tamra Smith, Lauren Kieffer, Boyd Martin, Marilyn Little, Michael Pollard, Will Faudree and Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables' Pfun, with two of the 2015 Land Rover LR4 at the 2015 Land Rover Great Meadow International, the final preparatory event for the U.S. Pan American Eventing Team prior to the 2015 Pan American Games which will take place in Toronto, Canada, this July. (Great Meadow Foundation, The Plains, VA on Thursday, June 18, 2015)
Also competing in the Pan Am Division are five Mexican riders including: Enrique Mercado on Romana; Daniela Moguel with Cecelia and Agave; Abraham Ojeda and Obusero; Alan Triana and Ofrenda; and Guillermo de Campo and Quelite.
For those unable to attend this weekend's event, The Land Rover Great Meadow International presented by Adequan® will be broadcast live on the USEF Network Presented by SmartPak at http://www.usefnetwork.com/
Live Broadcast Schedule:
6/19 4-9pm ET: Dressage
6/20 6:30-9:10pm ET: Show Jumping
6/21 9:30am ET: Cross Country