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IN BRIEF: Equestrian news

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At Sunday’s Middleburg Hunt Point-to-Point, Connor Hankin and Lord Justice, far right, edged past leader Petrichor (Parker Hendriks up) at the head of the Glenwood Park homestretch for the win. Pik Em (Graham Watters) was third. Steeplechase returns to the area for the May 29 Virginia Gold Cup races at Great Meadow. Find ticket details at Complete results and more photos are at

The show must go on – And you can go watch

The Upperville Colt and Horse Show returns after a year’s hiatus, June 7 to 13 at the historic showgrounds just east of Upperville at Salem and Grafton farms.

Spectators are being welcomed to attend the show this year and admission will be free.

Tickets are not required.

One gate will be used for entry, with temperatures taken and wristbands given out daily.

Classes run on both sides of U.S. Route 50 from 8:30 a.m. daily. Hunter classes are held in two arenas on the south side of the highway, jumpers in two arenas on the north side. Breeding classes and specialty classes will be held on the polo field on Saturday.

A $25,000 hunter derby is Saturday afternoon, with a $213,000 FEI**** jumper classic Sunday afternoon.

Details are at

Taste test on the trail at May 15 event

The Old Dominion Hounds will host a Whiskey and Beer Tasting ride this Saturday, May 15. The ride crosses Hungry Run, Big Woods and High Meadow properties between Orlean and Flint Hill, and includes sips from a dozen local distilleries and breweries. There is a special price for the ride only, with no tastings, for minors and drivers. Details are on the ODH Facebook page or at

Crystal Crown judged series ride Sunday

The Crystal Crown judged pleasure ride series continues this Sunday, May 16, with an event hosted by the Sprout Therapeutic Riding Program at Oatlands south of Leesburg. The 10-mile trail will be dotted by judges scoring entries on typical trail horse tests – from opening and closing a gate to crossing a stream and more.

Other rides are slated July 10 from Camp Highroad near Middleburg, Sept. 11 at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville and Sept. 26 at the Manassas National Battlefield Park.

Details are at

Memorial Day show slated at Great Meadow

The Casanova Warrenton Pony Club will host a jumper show on Memorial Day Monday, May 31, at the Fleming Farm arena at Great Meadow near The Plains. Divisions run in two arenas, and classes are from poles to upper levels.

Email for a prize list:

Local hunt recognized by State House

The Orange County Hounds, kenneled near The Plains, were recognized last week with a House of Delegates resolution – HR 309 – for dedication to conservation and protection of open space and farmland. OCH was established in Orange County, New York in 1900, and started hunting territory between The Plains, Marshall and Middleburg in 1905.

The club placed its 71-acre kennel property into conservation easement, joining landowners of more than 100,000 in Fauquier County preserving open, rural space in perpetuity.

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