VEA Sponsoring Event at Middleburg Fall Races

The Virginia Equine Alliance along with the Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation are hosting an event at the Virginia Fall races on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Glenwood Park in Middleburg. Post time for the first race in 1:00pm.

The event will feature a tented viewing deck, with a gourmet catered lunch and an afternoon filled with “the sport of kings! To RSVP contact the VEA via  jeb.hannum@virginiaequinealliance.com

Glenwood Park it the oldest continuous race course in the state of Virginia. Located on 112 acres, the facility is located a short distance from the historic village of Middleburg.

Jack Skinner, Paul Mellon, and Daniel C Sands in Middleburg, VA, April 10, 1948. (Photo by Bert Morgan/Getty Images)

The first race meet was run in 1911, organized by Daniel C. Sands, MFH of the Middleburg Hunt. Despite a hiatus during World War I, it still endures today. Glenwood Park was eventually donated by Sands in 1963 to help preserve the open spaces required for equestrian events. It is maintained today by a private trust left to the people of Virginia and it hosts equestrian and community events that include Steeplechase Racing, Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, Pony Club Competitions, Charitable Events and Corporate Outings.

According to the Virginia Fall Races web page, “In 1955, Dwight Eisenhower stored his golf clubs at the White House. Twenty-two thousand people lived in all of Loudoun County and the inaugural running of the The Virginia Fall Races was held at Glenwood Park.”

The 1955 edition of Steeplechasing in America reported that a new group was organizing and running The Virginia Fall Races. Realizing that the autumn season in Virginia was too short, the late George L. Ohrstrom, Russell M. Arundel and Alexander Mackay-Smith quickly agreed to a suggestion by the NSA to organize an additional meet.

Glenwood Park circa 1938. (NSLM photo)

According to Visit Loudoun.org, Glenwood Park has “the best view in steeplechasing.”

While Great Meadow may argue the point, the old historic facility most certainly has the most charm.

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