Oct. 7, 2019 | Virginia Fall Races
Love horses? Come one hour West of Washington, DC, to Virginia’s lush hunt country to experience great all day outdoor family fun during the 65th running of the Virginia Fall Races held at Glenwood Park in Middleburg, Virginia on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Post Time: 1 p.m.
Like the leaves that change each fall, horse lovers traditionally descend upon Middleburg for this annual weekend to enjoy jump racing, fox hunting, meander country roads, visit Civil War sights, tour wineries, eat local faire at the many restaurants, shop for antiques and perhaps spend a night or two at a local resort, inn or bed & breakfast. Witness the nation’s top jump racing horses and riders as they compete over timber, brush and turf courses. Entertain amongst the shade of 100-year-old oak trees and experience what is called “the best view in jump racing” – where you can see the excitement of every fence.
Saturday’s highlights include the running of the $40,000 National Sporting Library & Museum Cup timber classic. In addition, there will be vendors, food trucks and a “Family Fun Fair” with a petting zoo, pony rides, and other activities. Along with a full card of racing, spectators are encouraged to come early as they will get a taste of fox hunting with the finals of the Field Hunter Championships which are held right on the race course starting at 9 a.m.
Gates open at 8 a.m.; post time for the first race is at 1 pm. Tickets, box seats, rail side and tailgate picnic parking spaces can be purchased in advance by calling the Race Office at (540) 687-9797. Race day General Admission is $50.00 per car (4 people maximum). More info on www.vafallraces.com or on Facebook.
Race sponsorship opportunities and hospitality tents are also available. Groups and tour buses are welcome with advance arrangements. All proceeds from the race weekend to benefit the INOVA Loudoun Hospital Foundation in nearby Leesburg, Virginia.
To reach Glenwood Park from the Washington DC area, take I-66 West and exit Route 50 West (Exit 57B towards Winchester). Drive approximately 25 miles to Middleburg and turn right at the one stoplight in Middleburg (Route 626, Foxcroft Road). Proceed 1 mile to entrance on right.