Upperville, Va. – March 6, 2019 – The Upperville Colt & Horse Show (UCHS) is pleased to announce the return of official presenting sponsor, St. Bride’s Farm, a prominent Virginia-based show jumping stable and breeding operation. For the second year in a row, St. Bride’s Farm joins the show’s list of notable sponsors.
St. Bride’s Farm owner Barbara Roux and her family made the move from California to Upperville, Virginia, in 2012. Roux spent three years renovating the historic home and original barn at St. Bride’s Farm and added an additional barn, an indoor arena as well as paddocks. What started as a private training facility has grown into a small breeding operation with some of its first homebreds recently beginning their careers in Europe.
“Shortly after relocating to Virginia, the UCHS extended an invitation to me to join its board of directors, which I proudly accepted,” said Roux. “Since joining the board and becoming president, I have been privileged to help grow and evolve this prestigious event into one of the nation’s most respected competitions. Upperville is a unique and special home for my family and business, and I am pleased to support such a great institution.”
St. Bride’s Farm is also now home to horses competing at the national and international levels under U.S. Olympian Laura Kraut. Most recently, Kraut was selected to be a member of the bronze medal-winning NetJets® U.S. Show Jumping Team aboard St. Bride’s Farm’s Confu for the $290,000 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of the United States of America CSIO5* at the Palm Beach Masters Series in Wellington, Florida, in February.
Roux has been involved with many initiatives for the UCHS since joining. Now, as president of the board, she is especially enthusiastic about having established the 1853 Club for premium viewing and hospitality as well as modernizing the historic event with many technological advancements.
“I am very excited to see how the show has embraced new technology to enhance its online presence through Upperville Live, a suite of digital projects and programs that include online entries, live streaming for both hunter and jumper competitions, enhanced broadcast-level coverage of signature events simulcast on both Facebook and USEF Network and live updates from the Upperville Colt & Horse Show’s various social media outlets,” said Roux.
The historic event is rooted in tradition and community. For 166 years, the UCHS has hosted top national and international athletes for elite competition, treating spectators from northern Virginia, Washington D.C. and the Mid-Atlantic Corridor to a unique equestrian event. This year, the FEI-ranked CSI4* event will take place Monday, June 3, through Sunday, June 9, culminating with the Upperville Jumper Classic CSI4* on the final day.
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About the Upperville Colt & Horse Show:
The Upperville Colt & Horse Show, founded in 1853, is the longest running horse show in the United States. Held June 3–9 in picturesque Upperville, Virginia, under the oaks, this iconic seven-day event has been highly regarded as a boutique attraction and a fixture on the schedules of Virginia locals as well as world-class equestrians. Featuring a FEI CSI4* rating and World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) designation, this is a can’t-miss event for both competitors and spectators alike.