July 5, 2017
For Immediate Release
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Middleburg, VA — Middleburg, VA — On July 7th - 9th, The Great Meadow Foundation will host one of the most significant competitions for eventers in North America, the FEI Nations Cup™ CICO***. This will be only the second time in the history of the sport that a Nations Cup competition for Eventing will be held in North America. And when those elite equestrians come to compete, it will be in the arenas created and maintained 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!"
Three years ago, Great Meadow hosted a prep competition for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team before the World Equestrian Games. Two years ago, this event was the final prep for the Pan Am Games where the Land Rover U.S. Eventing team brought home gold. And last year, the event was the final prep for U.S. team before the Olympics in Rio, but also was host to the very first FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing competition. This meant teams from England, Germany, Australia, Canada and Mexico as well as the US competed 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 only FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing competition to be held outside of Europe is something truly special for us." said Nick Attwood, President 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 much anticipated weekend, spectators are encouraged to come out on Friday, July 7th for a "Free on Friday" celebration, which will include an Opening Ceremony, a chance to inspect the much applauded Attwood arenas and the grand opening of the expanded Meadow Market Trade Show offering spectators an unparalleled shopping experience with 75 vendors. For further information please call Andrew Camp at 888-461-7788.
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