Since Colonel Richard Henry Dulany’s seed of thought blossomed into reality in 1853, the Upperville Colt & Horse Show has met under his famous oak trees the first full week of June. And after a year and a half of pandemic uncertainty, the 2021 edition of Upperville delivered an air of comfort and familiarity. Legends battled it out in the ring while little ones in hair bows watched on the rail. For this reporter (who hasn’t held a camera since October of 2019), it felt like coming home. Here are some of our favorite photos from the oldest horse show in the country, which fittingly brought the community together after much time apart.
The Ward Family, consisting of McLain Ward, Lauren Ward and Lilly Ward, trotted to the top of the family class. Teresa Ramsay Photo
Ariana Marnell jumped Casino Cash under the oak trees in the large junior, 15 & under division. Laura Lemon Photo.
It’s always easy to spot Pam Baker in one of her famous hats. Laura Lemon Photo
The heat got the best of some of us. Kimberly Loushin Photo.
Catch Me caught some nibbles with Mimi Gochman. Laura Lemon Photo
The coveted blue. Kimberly Loushin Photo.
Brianne Goutal-Marteau showed that form does follow function with Tanael Des Bonnes. Laura Lemon Photo.
Samantha Schaefer gave Baylee McKeever some last-minute tips before McKeever, riding Salvatore, went in the ring for her first USHJA International Hunter Derby class. Kimberly Loushin Photo.
Olivia Sweetnam guided Goldmark to the blue in the first over-fences class of the large pony hunters. Laura Lemon Photo
This is Johnny. He was adopted last week. He is so happy for how his luck has turned! Laura Lemon Photo.
Rodrigo Pessoa jumped Lord Lucio in the $213,300 Upperville Jumper Classic. Kimberly Loushin Photo
Legends Billy Howland and Walter Jimmy Lee shared a laugh after the 2021 Upperville Wall of Honor ceremony. Laura Lemon Photo
This is the start of a beautiful friendship. Laura Lemon Photo.
Peeking under the trees. Kimberly Loushin Photo
Crowds gathered as changing COVID-19 protocols allowed for the return of ringside spectators. Kimberly Loushin Photo
Jean Sheptoff beamed after her round on Camillo VDL in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Kimberly Loushin Photo
Consent happily takes a snack from Shereen Fuqua. Laura Lemon Photo
Didn’t catch a name but caught a smile. Laura Lemon Photo
Vendors and crowds gathered around the rings. Laura Lemon Photo
The prettiest setting in the world. Kimberly Loushin Photo
Mindful snapped his knees for Jennifer Hannan. Kimberly Loushin Photo
Lillie Keenan turned and burned on Agana Van Het Gerendal Z. Laura Lemon Photo
Grace Walker jumped Caleesi in the large junior, 16-17, division. Laura Lemon Photo
Spectators gathered on Robert H. Smith’s memorial which reads: “He loved the history. He loved the horse show but most of all he loved the trees.” Laura Lemon Photo
Maddie Tosh guided Storyteller in the large pony hunter. Laura Lemon Photo
Selfie time! Laura Lemon Photo
Wheels down for Brooke Kemper and Arpeggi. Kimberly Loushin Photo
We can’t get enough of the oak trees. Kimberly Loushin Photo
Getting ready for the leadline. Laura Lemon Photo
Amanda Derbyshire braved the rain and gave Don’t Touch Du Bois many pats. Kimberly Loushin Photo