The 2020 Upperville Colt & Horse Show and Loudoun Benefit Horse Show Announce Cancellation

Upperville, Va. – May 26, 2020 – The Upperville Colt & Horse Show (UCHS) and the Loudoun Benefit Horse Show (LBHS) regret to announce the cancellation of both competitions, originally scheduled for June 1-7, 2020 and June 10-14, 2020 respectively. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, the UCHS Board of Directors and the LBHS Board of Directors made this decision unanimously after evaluating many options, including postponement, in order to run both events in-tandem. The decision was made in the best interest of UCHS’ and LBHS’ event standards, staff, exhibitors and community-at-large.

Joe Fargis, President of the UCHS, commented, “Although saddened that we will not hold this year’s horse show, we feel the most responsible decision was made for our event at this time. Despite the disappointment, our priority is to keep our staff and exhibitors safe. After reviewing information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, USEF and other regulatory organizations, we felt the best decision was made. Our community is resilient and supportive, and we look forward to producing an incredible event in 2021.”

Shelby Bonnie, President of the LBHS, added, “Unfortunately, the Board of Loudoun Benefit Horse Show (LBHS) shares the same health concerns and made the decision to cancel our event as well. It is unfortunate that these two great Virginia horse shows will not be held this year. We look forward to putting on great events in 2021.”

Any pre-payments sent to the office for stalls or entries for this year’s events will be voided. The Upperville Colt & Horse Show will return to the Salem and Grafton showgrounds June 7-13 in 2021, with the Loudoun Benefit Horse Show taking place June 16-21, 2021.

For more information, please email the Upperville Colt & Horse Show show office at or call (540) 687-5740.

For more information about the Loudoun Benefit Horse Show, email or call (540) 486-5658.

About the Upperville Colt & Horse Show
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.

To learn more about the Upperville Colt & Horse Show, please click here.

About the Loudoun Benefit Horse Show
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.

For more information about the Loudoun Benefit Horse Show, please click here.


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