Protocol, a 12-year-old gelding owned by Mardie Faucette and ridden by Danny Robertshaw and Michael Newman, accumulated 27 points in three divisions to win the grand champion hunter award at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show yesterday.
Grand champion junior hunter went to Magic Word (16 points), owned by Carolyn Foster and ridden by Kristen Foster.
In the pony hunter division, champions were Old Fashioned (small pony), owned by Kelly Badrock; Woodland's Magic Cloud (medium), owned by Juliana Gundel Falk, and Dow Jones (large), owned by Nicole Petrin.
Accomplished equestrian Rodney Jenkins was given permission to ride in today's $30,000 Michelob-Upperville Jumper Classic by the president of the American Horse Show Association. Jenkins, who is judging hunter divisions here, had to request a waiver of the AHSA rule that states a judge may not compete.
Jenkins has competed for the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team and has won 64 Grand Prix events during his career. Jenkins says he will probably enter four horses, including Aerobic, who won the Grand Prix at the Devon (Pa.) Horse Show last week.
The Upperville Grand Prix, scheduled at 2:30 p.m. today, matches some of the world's best riders against fences more than 5 feet high and as wide as 13 feet.
"Winning a Grand Prix class is the apex of any horse career," said course designer Laura Devendorf. The course here is particularily challenging, she said, because of the natural hilly terrain. In Grand Prix level jumping, horse and rider teams must clear complicated combinations of fences and beat the clock to qualify for jumpoffs that determine the winner.