Middleburg, VA — Middleburg, VA — On July 8th - 10th, The Great Meadow Foundation will host one of the most significant events for the U.S. Olympic Eventing Team: the final preparation trials for the top horse and rider combinations who will represent the United States in Rio. And when those elite equestrians come to compete, it will be in newly constructed arenas completed by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces.
“We needed world-class arenas for our competitions, and Attwood certainly delivered” said Rob L. Banner Jr., President of the Great Meadow Foundation. “We are thrilled to have the experience and the talent of the Attwood team working with us. Great Meadow is now a truly international venue and we are ready!”
Two years ago, Great Meadow hosted a prep competition for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team before the World Equestrian Games. Last year, this event was the final prep for the Pan Am Games where the Land Rover U.S. Eventing team brought home gold. This year, the 2016 Land Rover Great Meadow International, Presented by Adequan®, will be the final prep for U.S. team before the Olympics in Rio, but also will be hosting an FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing competition. This means teams from England, Germany, Australia, Canada and Mexico as well as the US will be vying for top honors for this one leg of the competition.
“We are incredibly proud to partner with Great Meadow, Rob Banner and all the people who are involved with this event. And if that wasn’t enough, having the distinct honor of our footing to be used for the first ever FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing competition to be held outside of Europe is something truly special for us.” said Nick Attwood, principal of Attwood Equestrian Surfaces.
“The footing was custom formulated for Great Meadow and we are calling it the ‘Nations Cup Blend’. It’s based on the footing we developed for David O’Connor for his training facilities in The Plains, VA. And when you have the coach of the U.S. Eventing team’s approval, you know you are going in the right direction.” said Attwood. “The two rings are a combined total of over 129,000 square feet. This is going to be great for the horse and riders!” he continued.
To kick off this historic weekend, spectators are encouraged to come out on Friday, July 8th for a "Free on Friday" celebration, which will include an Opening Ceremony, a chance to inspect the new Attwood arenas and the grand opening of the Meadow Market Trade Show. For further information please call Andrew Camp at 888-461-7788.
About Attwood Equestrian:
Since 1992 Attwood Equestrian Surfaces has been at the forefront of footing development. We are the original manufacturer of dust-free footing (polymer coated sand) in the USA. Our premier equestrian surfaces are engineered from meticulously selected sand, blended with micro poly-fibers and coated with a viscoelastic polymer.
Our years of experience in working with textiles and sand have provided us with the knowledge to produce constant high performance equestrian surfaces.
We formulate for all equestrian disciplines who train in a wide range of climates. It's this experience and our continuous innovation that keeps us at the forefront of equestrian footing development. We understand the need for carefully engineered surfaces that benefit the horse and rider.
Our dust-free equestrian surface product offerings are Ameritrack, Pinnacle, and Terra Nova. Our sand-blend water dependent equestrian surface product offerings are comprised of Euro Tex and GGT Footing™ textiles.
For more information, visit www.equestriansurfaces.com.
Attwood Equestrian Surfaces
7 West Washington Street
Suite I & J, P.O. Box 1612
Middleburg, VA 20118-1612
Phone: 888-461-7788; fax: 540-301-1030.