LAND ROVER GREAT MEADOW INTERNATIONAL PRESENTED BY ADEQUAN HOSTS TOP TIER EQUESTRIAN EVENTS IN THE PLAINS, VA WITH A CIC3 COMPETITION FOLLOWED BY FINAL PREPARATION EVENT FOR THE U.S. PAN AMERICAN EVENTING TEAM
- Wire-to-Wire Victory for Jennie Brannigan and Nina Gardner’s Cambalda in the CIC3* competition
- Lauren Kieffer rode Meadowbrook’s Scarlett to the top position in the final preparation event ahead of 2015 Pan Am Games
Land Rover North America returned to The Plains, Virginia this past weekend as the title sponsor of the Land Rover Great Meadow International presented by Adequan, a three-day, CIC3* equestrian Eventing competition that took place June 19-21, 2015. The weekend also served as a final preparation event for the U.S. Pan American Eventing Team consisting of Lauren Kieffer, Marilyn Little, Boyd Martin, and Phillip Dutton prior to the upcoming 2015 Pan American Games, on July 17-19 in Caledon, Ontario.
Nineteen athletes turned out for the final phase of the first competition, the CIC3*, to compete over Michael Etherington-Smith’s cross country course, which was 3,460 meters and featured 23 numbered jumps with an optimum time of 6:05 minutes. Colleen Rutledge took third place riding her horse Covert Rights, finishing with just 0.8 time faults for a final score of 54.8. Lynn Symansky riding Donner had no faults over the cross country fences and just 7.6 time faults throughout finishing with a final score of 50.4 to take home second place. Heading into day three with a leading Dressage score and a faultless Show Jumping phase, the win went to Jennie Brannigan and Nina Gardner’s Cambalda. Finishing with just 8.0 time faults, Brannigan and the 13-year-old Irish Thoroughbred cross added the Land Rover Great Meadow International CIC3* to their impressive list of victories.
In addition, the weekend long event hosted its final preparation event for the U.S. and Mexican Pan American Evening Teams heading to Canada this July. Taking the lead during Saturday’s Show Jumping phase, Kieffer piloted Meadowbrook’s Scarlett to victory over teammate Marilyn Little riding Raylyn Farms and Phoebe and Michael Manders' RF Scandalous into second place. Boyd Martin and Pancho Villa rounded out the top three, placing third. The 12 starters for the final Cross Country phase included four from Mexico, one from Brazil and the U.S. Pan American Eventing Team of Kieffer, Little, Martin and Dutton, as well as team alternates Will Faudree and Matthew Brown.
“Great Meadow ran a fabulous event,” smiled Kieffer after her win. “We couldn’t have gotten a better place to prepare. Everything held up well. The organizers were very smart adjusting for the storms and everything else. I am very proud to be part of Team USA, and we’re going to do our best to bring home the Gold.”
U.S. Eventing Team Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor concluded, "It was nice to see that the fastest horses out there today were the team horses, it showed that no one was holding back. I think we have a great team and I'm very happy with how they performed and I'm excited about how we'll do at the Games."
The awards ceremony at the Land Rover Great Meadow International was followed by a ground-breaking ceremony launching the construction of a new world-class, all-weather arena with an adjoining unique water complex at the Great Meadow facility.
Outside of enjoying the Equestrian events, spectators had the opportunity to test drive Land Rover’s full model lineup, including the all-new 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport, on a specially designed off-road demonstration course with a trained driving instructor as their co-pilot.
For those unable to attend this weekend's event, The Land Rover Great Meadow International will feature archived coverage on the USEF Network Presented by SmartPak at USEFNetwork.com.