After some fickle spring weather, April 21st was a perfect day for the 98th Annual Middleburg Spring Races.  Brisk but not cold and with plenty of sunshine, everyone enjoyed turning out in style for this yearly tradition. 

The tailgating was replete with tasty spreads and high spirits as the sport took center stage for the day.  Horses and riders did not disappoint as the competition got underway, with some wonderful performances seen over the course of the afternoon.

We hope you enjoy these moments captured by photographers Joanne Maisano and Middleburg Photo. Congratulations to all the winners and participants, and make sure to put this on your calendar for next year! ML

Patricia Ann Bates. Photo by Middleburg Photo.

Patricia Ann Bates. Photo by Middleburg Photo.

Dr. Andrew and Jane Bishop. Photo by Joanne Maisano.

Dr. Andrew and Jane Bishop. Photo by Joanne Maisano.

Alan Moir, Anne D'ignazio, Kevin Ramundo, Patty Mulligan, Jacqui and Jacob Porter. Photo by Joanne Maisano.

Alan Moir, Anne D’ignazio, Kevin Ramundo, Patty Mulligan, Jacqui and Jacob Porter. Photo by Joanne Maisano.

One of the beautiful spreads enjoyed under sunny skies. Photo by Middleburg Photo.

One of the beautiful spreads enjoyed under sunny skies. Photo by Middleburg Photo.

3rd Race The Middleburg Hunt Cup. Photo by Middleburg Photo.

3rd Race The Middleburg Hunt Cup. Photo by Middleburg Photo.

Middleburg Hunt Cup winner Super Saturdays owned by Irvin Naylor, ridden by Gerard Galligan and trained by Katherine Neilson. Photo by Joanne Maisano.

Middleburg Hunt Cup winner Super Saturdays owned by Irvin Naylor, ridden by Gerard Galligan and trained by Katherine Neilson. Photo by Joanne Maisano.

Jennifer Rooney and Katherine Allen. Photo by Joanne Maisano.

Jennifer Rooney and Katherine Allen. Photo by Joanne Maisano.

Karen Crane and Mary Pat Guest. Photo by Joanne Maisano.

Karen Crane and Mary Pat Guest. Photo by Joanne Maisano.

Winner of 1st race Number 10 Front Line Paige, ridden by Kieran Norris, owned by Lana Wright. 2nd place, Norse Star, ridden by Jack Doyle. Photo by Joanne Maisano.

Winner of 1st race Number 10 Front Line Paige, ridden by Kieran Norris, owned by Lana Wright. 2nd place, Norse Star, ridden by Jack Doyle. Photo by Joanne Maisano.

Winner of the Glenwood Hurdle race Iranistan, ridden by Darren Nagle, owned by Hudson River Farm and trained by Jonathan Sheppard. Photo by Joanne Maisano.

Winner of the Glenwood Hurdle race Iranistan, ridden by Darren Nagle, owned by Hudson River Farm and trained by Jonathan Sheppard. Photo by Joanne Maisano.