Arome and Cathleen Driscoll Accelerate to Win the $62,480 FEI 4* Upperville Welcome Stakes

Cathleen Driscoll and Arome - Photo by Rebecca Walton

Edited Press Release

Upperville, Va., June 8, 2024– Cathleen Driscoll and Arome blazed through the jump off and a field of 32 starters to win the $62,480 FEI 4* Upperville Welcome Stakes at the 171st Upperville Colt & Horse Show presented by MARS Equestrian™. The Welcome Stakes was generously sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Smith of Middleburg, Va.

Driscoll and Arome were 11 out of 32 horse and rider combinations to return for the jump off over Nick Granat’s course on Friday afternoon. The lead changed hands several times before Driscoll and Plain Bay Farm’s 14-year-old bay Selle Francais gelding laid down a quick and efficient second round to win the class in a time of 36.23 seconds, beating second placed Eddie Blue and Devin Ryan by nearly one second. Mimi Gochman was close behind riding Cosmos BH, the entry of Mimi Snow Sport Horse, LLC to third in a jump off time of 37.22 seconds.

“Arome and I have been partnered for several years now, and I’ve jumped up to the five-star level with him,” explained Driscoll, who rides for Katie and Hanri Prudent of Plain Bay Farm in Middleburg, Va. “He’s really shown me the ropes in jumping these bigger tracks as well as going fast. He’s a very reliable partner for me in these types of classes.”

“The first round rode quite well,” she continued. “I’m quite comfortable with him at this height , so I felt like I was able to put a little bit of pressure on, ride everything nice. Arome has a massive stride, so when I watch the others go in the jump off, I know where I can do one less stride here or there.”

International showjumping competition continues through Sunday.

UCHS is the oldest horse show in the U.S. Founded in 1853 as a one-day show to encourage better breeding and care of horses, the show has grown to a weeklong tradition with more than 2000 equestrian and equine pairs competing in a variety of competitive disciplines. Many of the continent’s top professional riders as well as amateurs compete under the spectacular setting featuring the famous oaks at Grafton Farm.

In addition to presenting sponsor MARS EQUESTRIAN, UCHS is sponsored by The Ethel M® Chocolate Brand and Lugano Diamonds (Co-Presenting Sponsors of the 2024 FEI CSI4* Jumper Classic.) Other sponsors include Buckeye Nutrition, Nutro Pet Food, The Salamander Collection, B&D Builders, Delta Air Lines, Markel and Piedmont Equine Practice.

For more information on the show, visit www.upperville.com.

About the Upperville Colt & Horse Show
The Upperville Colt & Horse Show, also known as the Upperville Horse Show and UCHS, is the oldest horse show in the U.S. Founded in 1853 as a one-day show to encourage better breeding and care of horses, the show has grown to a weeklong tradition with thousands of equestrian and equine pairs competing in a variety of competitive disciplines. Many of the continent’s top professional riders as well as amateurs compete under the spectacular setting featuring the famous oaks at Grafton Farm—the same location as 1853. UCHS is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that raises funds for The Churches of Upperville Outreach Program and supports other area charities. For complete schedules and up-to-the-minute results, visit the website at www.upperville.com