Warrenton Hunt Point-to-Point Races
First time visiting Virginia and first time going to a Point-to-Point race at Airlie Race Course Town of Warrenton, thanks to my friends Shannon and Charlie Brown. After Foxhunting all morning with the Old Dominion Hounds we made it to the Airlie Race Course Town of Warrenton in time for the last two races. Special thanks to Betsy Burke Parker for inviting me to shoot along side her--out on the track, and hang out with her in the VIP area. Several Hall of Fame celebrities on hand. So much FUN to watch these amazing steeplechase stars compete over flat, timber and brush jumps with the Blue Ridge Mountains as the backdrop.
A Bit About Point-To-Point Races
"They are the ‘original’ steeplechase. Started in 1752 in Ireland, steeplechasing followed the colonists from Great Britain to America and steeplechasing has taken place in the U.S. ever since.
Virginia has the most steeplechases, and point-to-points, in the nation — there are 18 hunt-sponsored point-to-points held each spring.
Point-to-points, barely differ from National Steeplechase Association sanctioned races. The sport is the same — races over hurdles, timber and on the flat — and the participants are largely the same group of owners, trainers, riders and horses. The only difference are the prizes — the point-to-point circuit is known as the ‘pots and pans circuit’ as the only award to the winner at a point-to-point is a silver trophy. NSA races, in contrast, offer purse money ranging from $5,000 to $250,000."*
Above: Four Virginia Gents' Albus (Kieran Norris) won the novice timber race at Warrenton Hunt Point to Point, Airlie Race Course, Warrenton, Virginia.
The 2018 Old Dominion Hounds Point to Point Races is coming up!
The Friends of the Old Dominion Hounds cordially invite you to enjoy the thrill of the 'chase at the 2018 Point to Point races.
Old Dominion Hounds Point-to-Point
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Gates open 10 a.m.
First race 12 p.m.
Nine races on the program -- hurdles, timber, turf
Join us for a great day of steeplechase racing and outdoor fun in beautiful Rappahannock County.
Put forth your best tailgate and wear your fanciest hat as this year, there will be a judged competition for both!
Sponsorship, Advertising and Ticket information can be found on our website at: http://olddominionhounds.weebly.com/advertising-and-ticket-options.html
The Carolina Cup is just around the corner!
Note: *extracted from the Old Dominion Hounds Website