We ♥♥♥♥ Upperville – oh yes, we do! and sincere apologies for not posting about Sunday on Sunday night, but we were knackered and had some deadline stuff to deliver… The spirit was willing, but the flesh very weak in terms of posting about the Elizabeth Busch Burke $75,000 Upperville Jumper Classic, but better late than never! Today, Tuesday, we’re finally starting to feel much less sun-addled – it rained! – and slightly less frazzled from the daily commute (nearly an hour). Lucky the folks who parked campers on the west end of Upperville’s hunter side: we would love to do that next year… The weather was gorgeous on Sunday, but hot hot hot
Well, actually, it’s Sunday morning – we returned home from the 159th Upperville Colt & Horse Show by around 8:30, answered emails for an hour or so and then had to stretch out with a book: woke up around 12:30 and downloaded Saturday’s photos from two cards and answered more emails. Saturday started and finished as a gloriously bright day of sunshine. Upperville’s “shade” proved how smart everyone was in terms of preserving those old oak trees on the hunter side when they did the footing (green oases within the main hunter ring). The whole week has been a tribute to how well the show committee treats spectators and exhibitors with lots of tents to augment the trees that dot the open fields that comprise the jumper side. The gazillion details that make Upperville such a fabulous show depend in great part on the incredible generosity of the landowners of the farms on each side of Route 50/John Mosby Highway, which provide the uniquely beautiful settings for Upperville . Okay, we didn’t want to admit it, but we are tuckered out, trying to keep up with the action in all the rings, even with that United Metro golf cart !!! Too much going on all the time. We hardly got to the second hunter ring all week.
This is a verbal nightcap – no adult bevvies and too late for coffee! Lovely day, but long, and we’re weary. We’ll do a quickie recap of some of the action, but honestly, peeps, you would have such a great time if you head out to Upperville, an easy drive westward on Route 50 if you start somewhere in northern VA on the Route 66 side… if you decide to travel to Upperville on Rt. 66, you will have to wend your way over scenic winding back roads from lovely little towns like The Plains, Marshall, Delaplane etc… Got a GPS – easy peasy – or google for map & directions. We’re still rattling all over both sides of the road, enjoying Upperville in the United Metro golf car t… Our CEO (canine executive officer) has been outstanding all week for her 2nd Upperville - she's such a great doggle and a rescue from Middleburg Humane. © Lauren R Giannini QUICK HEAD’S UP!!! Friday around 5 p.m. the $25,000 Welcome Stakes take place in the T.
Yipes: *originally Wed PM – sun-fuddled fatique! This is a verbal nightcap – no adult bevvies and too late for coffee! Lovely day, but long, and we’re weary. We’ll do a quickie recap of some of the action, but honestly, peeps, you would have such a great time if you head out to Upperville, an easy drive westward on Route 50 if you start somewhere in northern VA on the Route 66 side… if you decide to travel to Upperville on Rt.
Greetings! Upperville Colt & Horse Show is younger than ever for all it is 159 years old!!! The last few years have seen a physical makeover from the grandstands on the hunter side to the new footing of the hunter rings and now the new jumper ring – we are so impressed by what Upperville is doing to keep its rural tradition alive and well in the 21st century! Lots going on and several photos to post with this morning’s entry about the new jumper ring and a few words about Upperville from Joe Fargis. He happens to be one of our all-time favorite rider/trainers, but he has a thing about not talking about himself. If Joe weren’t such a gentleman, we think he might be tempted to run like blazes when he sees yours truly about to approach him. We’re sincerely sorry, because we respect and admire and like Joe. As a horseman, he gets it right. Plus, we know for a fact that the horses come first, because of a good friend who has improved his riding immensely, thanks to Joe. Joe Fargis - world class all the way, just like his Olympic gold medal horse, Touch of Class, and all his other great jumpers.