Many of the nation’s best event riders are filing their entries and finalising their plans to compete in the Land Rover Great Meadow International presented by Adequan® on July 8-10.
The 2016 Great Meadow International (GMI) will be hosting the first-ever FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing competition outside Europe. This competition is the final preparation trial for the U.S. Olympic Eventing Team prior to the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Great Meadow will provide spectators with a great opportunity to watch some of the world’s top riders compete at a premier eventing competition with world-class facilities that include a new $1 Million arena constructed specifically for this event.
U.S. riders who have submitted entries include:
• Phillip Dutton – Five-time Olympic veteran with two Team gold medals (2000, 1996) for his native Australia and a Team bronze (2004) for the U.S. A six-time WEG veteran and the 2008 Rolex Kentucky champion. Two-time Pan American Games Team gold medalist (2015, 2007) and Individual silver medalist (2007).
• Boyd Martin – 2012 Olympic veteran and two-time WEG competitor (2014, 2010).2015 Pan American Games Team gold medalist.
• Lauren Kieffer – 2015 Pan American Games Team gold medalist. Winner of the 2015 Great Meadow International Pan Am Preparatory Trials and two-time winner of the Rolex USEF Four Star Championship (2014 and 2016).
• Buck Davidson – Two-time WEG veteran (2014, 2010), two-time U.S. Olympic Team Alternate (2012, 2008). Winner of the 2013 Rolex USEF Four Star Championship.
• Hannah Sue Burnett – Individual Silver and Team Gold medalist at the 2011 Pan American Games, won the 2012 USEF Three Star Championship. WEG Team Alternate. (2014)
• Sinead Halpin – U.S. Olympic Team alternate (2012), 2nd at Burghely CCI4* (2012), 3rd at Rolex Kentucky CCI4* (2011), and 4th at Rolex Kentucky CCI4* (2014).
• Lynn Symansky – WEG veteran (2014), 2011 Pan American Games Team Gold medalist. Winner of the Bromont CIC3* (2014) and 2nd at Great Meadow International CIC3* (2015).
“We are looking forward to a thrilling event,” said Robert L. Banner, Jr., President of the Great Meadow Foundation. “Our hosting the first FEI Nations Cup™ outside of Europe and the final preparation event for the 2016 Summer Olympics gives eventing and equestrian enthusiasts a truly unique opportunity to see some of the best horse and rider combinations in the nation and the world.”