The Fédération Equestre Internationale, also known as the FEI or International Federation for Equestrian Sports, has recognized the Upperville Colt & Horse Show (also known as the Upperville Horse Show) as a high-quality international show by awarding a Concours de Saut International four-star designation to three of the show’s classes.

Concours de Saut International, or CSI, is a ranking system for equestrian show jumping. All CSI events are approved by the FEI.  The CSI is broken down into a starring system, where more competitive events with more prize money have a higher number of stars. Starring goes from one to five.

Upperville Horse Show’s $35,000 Speed Class; $40,000 Welcome Stakes presented by Jim Thompson of Washington Fine Properties, Middleburg, Va. and Wiseman & Associates Wealth Management; and the $216,000 Upperville Jumper Classic, have all been designated CSI Four Star by the FEI for 2016.

“We are delighted to receive this international recognition for a horse show that has grown considerably over the past six years and has quickly become a world-class show,” stated Mike Smith, chairman of the Upperville Horse Show board of directors.  Organizers have spent millions of dollars over the past few years building new rings with high-quality footing, regrading and renovating older rings and improving all of the on-site amenities including the addition of a beautiful ringside club for spectators. “This show has come a long way since it began in 1853,” Smith added.  What began as a one-day show has grown into a week-long tradition with more than 1,500 horse and rider combinations.

The 163rd annual Upperville Colt & Horse Show takes place June 6-12, 2016 under the oak trees where it all began in Upperville, Va., approximately 50 miles west of Washington, D.C.  The venue is spectacular with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Virginia’s signature stone walls and meadows.

The week culminates on Sunday, June 12 with the $216,000 Upperville Jumper Classic CSI Four Star that draws top riders from around the nation.  For more information, call 540-687-5740 or 540-592-3858. For complete schedules and entry information, visit the web site at  www.upperville.com.