The Oldest Horse Show in America Celebrates 169 Years

Upperville Colt & Horse Show

The Upperville Colt & Horse Show, presented by MARS Equestrian™, is the oldest horse show in America. Visit this week-long Hunter and Jumper show this week, June 6-12, 2022. The show features an array of competition, from International FEI 4* jumper classes to classes for Amateurs, Juniors, Side Saddle, and Hunter Breeding.

Upperville is unique in its prestige combined with community hospitality, and an open, welcoming atmosphere. With over 70 distinct vendors, a variety of food trucks, muscle cars on display, and, of course, horses and ponies of every size and color, UCHS has something for everyone!

The Upperville Colt and Horse Show dates back to 1853. Heretofore, horses – particularly stallions – had been exhibited for prizes at country and state fairs, but it is believed and accepted that the horse show, as a separate entity, was introduced on the American sporting scene at Upperville, Virginia in that year.

Today, the show takes place over the first full week in June and includes more than two thousand horse and rider combinations. Prizes are awarded for in-hand hunter breeding conformation, and performance in both hunters and jumpers. Riders range from local children on their lead-line ponies to Olympic caliber horses and riders.

Popular attractions include the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the $213,300 FEI 4* Grand Prix event that concludes the show on Sunday. Crowds are also entertained by fun exhibitions, like the Jack Russell Terrier races and the Horses and Horsepower antique car show. An exquisite array of local and national vendors brings variety and interest to shoppers and foodies of every age and taste. Attracting tens of thousands of spectators each year, Upperville has been named Horse Show of the Year by the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame and the Virginia Horse Show Association.

For exhibitors, sponsors, vendors and spectators alike, participating at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show makes one a part of a longstanding legacy of equine excellence. The event is also home to many social traditions, from elaborate tailgate picnics to parties sponsored by prominent local residents and businesses.

Equestrians and spectators from around the globe look forward to coming together “under the oaks” each spring in the Piedmont of Virginia. Upperville Colt & Horse Show is far more than simply a show; it is part of a shared and cherished experience, deeply rooted in the best of American sportsmanship.

Come see us between now and June 12, 2022. Parking and General Admission are free all week! For more information or to view live feeds of the hunters and jumpers, visit upperville.com.