Upperville, Va. – March 20, 2020 – The Upperville Colt & Horse Show (UCHS) and the Loudoun Benefit Horse Show jointly announce that both events, scheduled to be held from June 1-7, 2020, and June 10-14, 2020, respectively; will not be held on their current dates in June due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event organizers are actively seeking alternative dates for both events in the Fall of 2020. Middleburg Classic and Piedmont Jumper Classic have kindly offered their dates of September 14-20, 2020 for UCHS. UCHS and LBHS have shared expenses, so UCHS and LBHS are looking at two weeks when they can run consecutively during September. UCHS and LBHS will be working with USEF, other horse show operators, the broader equine community, our local community, sponsors and exhibitors with the hope of putting the shows on during September.
“The decision to not hold the show in June by the Upperville Colt & Horse Show and Loudoun Benefit shows was not made lightly, but we do feel that it is in the best interest of our exhibitors, staff, community, and patrons,” commented Joe Fargis, President of the UCHS. “We are extremely fortunate and grateful that the Middleburg Classic and Piedmont Jumper Classic organizers are willing to work with us regarding the use of their 2020 competition dates this Fall. These are unique times for the equine community and we are all going to have to work together as a team to deal with the uncertainty and risks that this pandemic has introduced. We hope to be able to provide further updates in the coming weeks. Our community is supportive and resilient, and we feel confident that both events will survive and thrive.”Any pre-payments sent to the office for stalls or entries for either event will be voided. We will provide new entry information as we know more about potential alternative dates.
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The Upperville Colt & Horse Show was founded in 1853 and is the longest running horse show in the United States. Held in picturesque Upperville, Virginia, under the oaks, this iconic seven-day event draws top athletes from across the country to compete in internationally recognized hunter and jumper competition. Featuring a FEI CSI4* rating and a World Championship Hunter Rider designation, this event is an exciting boutique attraction for competitors and spectators alike.
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The Loudoun Benefit Horse Show began in 1951, running as a Junior and Pony Show for several decades. Held for many years at Glenwood Park in Middleburg it was among the many prestigious stops along the Virginia show circuit. Loudoun is currently located at the Salem and Grafton Showgrounds in Upperville, VA. Held the week following the Upperville Colt & Horse Show on the same grounds, Loudoun offers USEF AA Rated hunters alongside an expanded jumper schedule. Recognized as a World Champion Hunter Rider Event, the five days of competition are also sanctioned by VHSA and MHSA.
The 2020 Upperville Colt & Horse Show (UCHS) values the safety and wellbeing of its exhibitors, spectators and staff. Our staff and Board of Directors are closely monitoring the information that the federal and local governments are releasing surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are committed to following all guidelines from authorities and the Virginia Department of Health.
While the current number of cases in the United States is low, we recognize the growing concerns within our community. We will continue to monitor the communications issued from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other health organizations to make the most informed decisions possible.
As this unfortunate situation remains fluid, the competition scheduled for June 1 – June 7 is currently proceeding as planned. We will closely monitor the updated recommendations from the CDC and state and local health authorities as it relates to hosting large events and add appropriate safeguards in coordination with local health response teams to address the COVID-19 concerns. We will continue to post updates as more decisions are made and appreciate your support of our event and its community.
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