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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Upperville Colt and Horse Show Day

WHEREAS, Carrstown, later named Upperville by the Virginia General Assembly, was established by Josephus Carr in 1797; and

WHEREAS, Upperville, situated near Pantherskin Creek, thrived largely due to the creek’s ability to turn millstones grinding corn and wheat; and

WHEREAS, Upperville, located in southwestern Loudoun County, is home to the most prestigious and oldest horse show in America; and

WHEREAS, the Upperville Colt and Horse Show was established in 1853 by Colonel Richard Henry Dulany to encourage better treatment of young horses and to improve the local breeding stocks; and

WHEREAS, Colonel Dulany chose Grafton Farm, known for its stately oaks and Tupelo trees, as the site for this annual competition that will mark 170 years in June 2023, and is America’s oldest horse show; and

WHEREAS, in 2021, Upperville was named Horse Show of the Year by the Virginia Horse Shows Association; and

WHEREAS, Grafton Farm was added to the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmark’s Register in December 2021 acknowledging 170 years of historic and environmental integrity;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize June 11, 2023, as UPPERVILLE COLT AND HORSE SHOW DAY in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA and call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.