The Old Tavern Horse Trials is excited to run at the historic and beautiful Great Meadow Field Events Center in The Plains. This is our first year running the event at this location but it is being run by the same organizer, Five Rings Eventing, who puts on the Great Meadow International.

Volunteers will be given a voucher that can be used for schooling the Tuesday after the HT from 8AM-1PM. Be a super supporter and be rewarded!  There are nowthree recognized horse trials at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia:

  • June 5-6: Middleburg H.T. at Great Meadow
  • August 19-22: MARS GREAT MEADOW INTERNATIONAL
  • September 25-26: Old Tavern H.T. at Great Meadow


Sign up to volunteer at all three and be eligible to receivespecial prizes and vouchers.  These super prizes are in addition to theprizes you will receive for volunteering at each individual event, such as atee shirt and schooling pass.

Great Meadow has a history of three-day events that dates back to the 80s where legends like Bruce Davidson, Jim Wofford and David O’Connor participated in USEF sanctioned events. After a brief hiatus, high-performance eventing returned to Great Meadow in 2014 after the Foundation purchased the adjacent Fleming Farm exclusively to run eventing competitions. After initially running a USEF training session to prepare the US Eventing team for the 2014 World Equestrian Games, the Great Meadow International (GMI) was born. GMI ran a CIC3* in 2015 and then later became the first venue outside of Europe to host a leg of the prestigious Nations Cup of Eventing. In 2019 the GMl ran a CCI2-S, CCI3-S, andCCI4-S and will again in 2021 as well as adding a Preliminary level.

Five Rings Eventing is thrilled to bring another national horse trial to Great Meadow in September. From the Organizer, Darrin Mollett: “We are so excited about Old Tavern Horse Trials at Great Meadow. We are thrilled to be able to offer levels up to Intermediate to our competitors. Great Meadow is a top-notch facility that is very historic and special to the equestrian community.” Course designer David O’Connor and course builder and designer Jon Wells have built a beautiful course on the Fleming Farm parcel. Old Tavern Horse Trials will run beginner novice, novice, training, preliminary, and Intermediate. The venue also includes a state-of-the-art oval show jumping arena with adjacent warm-up arena, both with Atwood footing.

We look forward to this event and hope you can help by volunteering.