Great Meadow Hosts World Equestrian Games 2014 Preparatory Trials

Featuring Exclusive VIP Dinner Reception in Conjunction with the Show Jumping Phase Saturday July 26th

The Plains, VA June 12, 2014 — On July 26th and 27th, Great Meadow, home of the prestigious Gold Cup, will host one of the most significant events for the Land Rover United States Eventing Team (USET): the final preparation trials for the top horses and rider combinations who will represent the United States at the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

Olympic Gold Medalist, David O’Connor, Coach of the Land Rover Unites States Eventing Team, named Great Meadow as the site of the preparatory trials. Great Meadow’s 200-acre park was nearly doubled in size to develop a world-class facility that can host a variety of USET high performance sport horse disciplines.

“We are thrilled to welcome our nation’s top horses and riders to Great Meadow, fittingly located in the heart of Virginia’s horse country. Our goal to is provide a world class stage for these incredible athletes to prepare for Normandy, France, while showing all spectators the first-class and festive atmosphere that Great Meadow is famous for,” said Great Meadow Executive Director, Rob Banner.

The VIP Dinner Reception, Chaired by Beverly Equestrian’s Darrin Mollett, will take place on Saturday July 26th and serve as a major fundraising event with all proceeds benefiting the Great Meadow Foundation and USET. The VIP Dinner Reception will be held in a private tent overlooking the arena in conjunction with the show jumping phase. Additionally, VIP table buyers will receive access to the up-close action with desserts and bottle service served to their private ringside boxes.

“We’ve assembled a talented team of proven event professionals and vendors to create a one-of-a-kind exclusive VIP dinner event with a red, white and blue décor theme and divine French menu that will entertain and delight all VIP guests,” Banner concluded. “This dinner will help to raise vital funding for both Great Meadow and the USET, supporting the facility expansion and the efforts to take the team to France.”

VIP Tables are offered in 3 tiers:

Gold Table for $5,000: Includes front row table placement with seating for 10, a plated dinner by Design Cuisine in the reserved VIP section of the pavilion, open bar, valet parking, access to an arena box for up close access to the show jumping action with dessert and bottle service, name in the program, and other perks.

Sponsor Table for $2,500: Includes second row table placement with seating for 10, a plated dinner by Design Cuisine in the reserved VIP section of the pavilion, open bar, parking passes, and other perks.

Individual VIP Tent Ticket $200 per person or $250 per person at the door: Includes heavy hors d’oeuvres by Design Cuisine and full open bar in the pavilion.

For the regular general admission to the preparatory trials, a general admission car pass for all three phases (two days) is $50 and a single phase general admission car pass is $30. For more information and tickets/tables, please visit:

About Great Meadow:

Great Meadow was founded and its land donated by news executive and philanthropist Arthur W. (Nick) Arundel for preservation in perpetual open space in 1982, preventing subdivision for 500 homes on the land. Today, the beautiful rolling site has instead become a paradigm for adaptive use of an abandoned farm into open space land for equestrian and community events. Now the permanent home of the Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase classic, Great Meadow is the site of many non-profit events benefiting open space preservation and other charitable causes.

Tara de Nicolas
Georgetown Consulting Group
540-220-8272 |

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