Upperville, Va. – June 7, 2018 – International competition at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show (UCHS), presented by St. Bride’s Farm, began on Thursday with the $35,000 Upperville Speed Stakes CSI4*, sponsored by Valley Proteins, Inc. Fifty of the world’s top athletes put the pedal to the metal trying to score the winning prize, but Brianne Goutal-Marteau (USA) set an early pace that would prove unbeatable aboard Rose Hill Farm’s Fineman.
Jumper competition at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show, presented by St. Bride’s Farm, concluded on Thursday with the $30,000 Upperville National Grand Prix, sponsored by Palm Beach Masters, and went to Ramiro Quintana and Smith Hogan LLC’s Corento VH Dingenshof, who bested 46 horse-and-athlete combinations to claim the blue ribbon.
In the main hunter ring, adult amateurs concluded competition with the second and final round of the $5,000 NAL/WIHS Adult Amateur Hunter Classic where Virginia local Fay Knelly claimed the victory aboard her own long-time partner, Last Hurrah, riding to an impressive combined score of 173.5.
On Thursday, the Upperville Colt & Horse Show (UCHS) was proud to honor our military with Military Appreciation Day. UCHS has a long history with the military. The show was started by Colonel Dulaney of Welbourne in 1953 to encourage better care of horses.
Prior to Thursday’s featured international event, the United States Army Caisson Platoon of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment performed and included the Old Guard, Sergeant Finzin riding Roosevelt, a 15-year-old gelding, and Specialist Wolf riding Rambler. Rambler is a 17-year-old gelding who made his very first appearance outside of Arlington Cemetery. These soldiers and their horses perform the most solemn of duties as they lay to rest those who have served our country.
Staff Sergeant Charles McDevitt, Corporal Isaiah Martinez, Specialist Andrew Hager and Private First Class Austin Devart from Charlie Company of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment presented the colors. Sergeant First Class Jesse Neace from the United States Army Chorus sang the national anthem and Master Sergeant retired Caleb Green from the Center for American Military Music Opportunities sang a medley, including all of the official service songs.
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