Photos by Focal Point Creative

The 97th Annual Middleburg Spring Races were held April 22 at Glenwood Race Course. Despite a lack of cooperation on the weather front, the rain did not dampen the enthusiasm for the region’s oldest and most celebrated steeplechase event.

It was in 1911 that famed Middleburg sportsman Daniel Cox Sands organized the first race. The following year, the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association sanctioned the event. This was more than a decade before the first running of the Gold Cup in Warrenton, Virginia.

Sands oversaw the event until his death in 1963. Others have kept the event alive through the years that followed. Today, trustees David Quanbeck and F. Turner Reuter manage the Spring Races, but it is a small army of volunteers who make the event a reality.

Middleburg Life was on hand this year to capture a few of the moments that make the Middleburg Spring Races such a popular event. ML

Middleburg Spring Races—Race Winners

Race

Horse

Rider

Owner

Trainer

First

AL (GB)

Jack Doyle

Robert A. Kinsley

Elizabeth Voss

Second

OSMOZ

Gustav Dahl

Irvin S. Naylor

Cyril Murphy

Third

CORNHUSKER (GB)

165 Kieran Norris

Armata Stables

Alicia Murphy

Fourth

SCORPIANCER (IRE)

Sean McDermott

Bruton Street-US

Jack Fisher

Fifth

WILD DYNAFORMER

Brendan Crowley

Woodslane Farm

Jack Fisher

Sixth

ABLE ARCHER

Kieran Norris

KMSN Stable

Jonathan Sheppard

Seventh

SALUDA SAM

Jeff Murphy

Irvin S. Naylor

William Meister

The winners of the Middleburg Hunt Cup.

The winners of the Middleburg Hunt Cup.

Spectators braved the rain.

Spectators braved the rain.

Sam Cockburn, Whitney Porter, James Gable and Kelly Carberry.

Sam Cockburn, Whitney Porter, James Gable and Kelly Carberry.

Owner Robert A. Kinsley congratulates jockey- Jack Doyle after his win in the Middleburg Bank Plate training flat race.

Owner Robert A. Kinsley congratulates jockey- Jack Doyle after his win in the Middleburg Bank Plate training flat race.

Kieran Norris rides Cornhusker through a downpour during the final stretch.

Kieran Norris rides Cornhusker through a downpour during the final stretch.

Jeff Murphy talks things over with Chris Kolb and Carl Rafter after the Middleburg Hunt Cup.

Jeff Murphy talks things over with Chris Kolb and Carl Rafter after the Middleburg Hunt Cup.

Georgia Derrico and Martha McKee.

Georgia Derrico and Martha McKee.

Brendan Crowley, riding Secret Reward, placed third in the Middleburg Bank Plate training flat race.

Brendan Crowley, riding Secret Reward, placed third in the Middleburg Bank Plate training flat race.

Alison and Peter Leonard Morgan with Denise McGovern and Kurt Abendschein.

Alison and Peter Leonard Morgan with Denise McGovern and Kurt Abendschein.