2022 Upperville Colt & Horse Show Welcomes MARS EQUESTRIAN™ as Presenting Sponsor

Jordan Coyle and Ariso, Winners of the 2021 Upperville Jumper Classic CSI4*. Photo © Anne Gittins.

Edited Press Release

UPPERVILLE, Va., March 1, 2022 – The 2022 Upperville Colt & Horse Show is proud to welcome MARS EQUESTRIAN™ as the Presenting Sponsor of UCHS, the oldest horse show in the U.S. This year, the show celebrates its 169th year.

“We are honored to have MARS EQUESTRIAN partner with UCHS again this year,” said Joe Fargis president of the Upperville Colt & Horse Show. “This company’s commitment to the equestrian world has been exceptional and its support of the UCHS has become an important cornerstone of our horse show.”

MARS EQUESTRIAN Sponsorship launched in 2018 to extend Mars, Incorporated’s long-time support of equestrian sports and to honor an equestrian legacy through purposeful partnerships.

“We are delighted to support the Upperville Colt & Horse Show,” said Dr. Bridgett McIntosh, director of Mars Equestrian. “We look forward to welcoming back the equestrian community and the fans of this iconic horse show.”

Along with recognition as the Presenting Sponsor of the UCHS, MARS EQUESTRIAN will have multiple touchpoints across the 2022 showgrounds including: Sponsorship of the Hunter and Jumper Riders Lounges, which will be open to riders, trainers and grooms, and recognition of The Ethel M® Chocolate Brand as the Co-Presenting Sponsor of the 2022 FEI CSI4* Jumper Classic.

The UCHS is an FEI CSI4* event that attracts hundreds of world-class equestrians year after year. The equine and human athletes compete in disciplines ranging from international level show jumping, hunters and equitation to local ponies, in-hand conformation classes, and women in traditional, elegant sidesaddle. In addition to its CSI4* designation, the competition boasts a Premier/AA and Jumper Rating Six classification with US Equestrian, is sanctioned by the Virginia Horse Shows Association and the Maryland Horse Shows Association and is a World Championship Hunter Rider recognized show. UCHS is also one of a handful of qualified Heritage Horse Shows across the United States.

The week-long show culminates on June 12 with the excitement of the $216,000 Upperville Jumper Classic CSI4* featuring top world-class equestrians. The day’s entertainment includes junior and amateur riders, a hat contest and the Horses & Horsepower car show. Vendors throughout the show offer a variety of food as well as equestrian, sporting, and fashionable clothing, milliners, tack and leather goods, jewelry, art and hand-crafted gifts. The venue is beautifully located in the heart of Virginia’s hunt country.

For more information and the weeklong show schedule, visit www.upperville.com.