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 63rd running of the Virginia Fall Races held at Glenwood Park in Middleburg, Virginia on Saturday, October 14th, 2017: Post Time 1 PM.
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 fare 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 co-feature race of the day, the $40,000 National Sporting Library & Museum Cup timber classic and new this year will be the $50,000 Randolph D. Rouse Memorial Stake Race. “Randy” Rouse passed away in April of this year and was a major player in the both the Virginia fox hunting and jump racing worlds. As a leading trainer and rider, he won many awards over the years with many of his wins occurring right here at Glenwood Park.
Also, there will be vendors, a food truck, Concours d’Elegance, and a “Family Fun Fair” with a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting and big slide – all provided free of charge sponsored by the INOVA Loudoun Hospital Foundation. 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 am.
Gates open at 8 am; post time for the First Race is at 1:00 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. General Admission is $50.00 per car (4 people maximum). Or visit our website at 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 the right.