2018 Steeplechase Race Calendar, Beneficiaries and Sponsors
From Point-to-Point at Winterthur to Willowdale Steeplechase to the Radnor Hunt Races, make the most of race day with these schedules.
Point-to-Point at Winterthur. Photo by Len Hook.
Sunday, May 6
5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington
- General-admission gates open, and pony rides begin.
- Race Raffle: Place a $5 “wager” for a chance to win $500. Winners announced after each race.
- Marketplace: Shop for hats, clothing, jewelry, accessories and more—including the exclusive Winterthur Anniversary necklace designed by local artist Anna Biggs.
- Winterthur Hunt and Canine Capers: Enjoy special activities designed for kids of all ages and their canine friends, from crafts and contests to fun treats for your favorite pet.
- Pony rides: $5 per ride, sponsored by Weymouth, Swayze & Corroon.
- Rolls-Royce and Bentley Auto Parade and Display, sponsored by Stanley-Laman Group.
- Stick Horse Races: All eyes are on the youngest jockeys as they take to the course. (1:30 p.m.: ages 4 and under, 2:15 p.m.: ages 5-7, 2:45 p.m.: ages 8-10.)
Delaware State Police Pipes and Drums.
- Alison Hershbell Pony Races
- Parade of River Hills Foxhounds
George A. “Frolic” Weymouth Antique Carriage Parade.
Presentation of the Tailgate Picnic Competition Award by Skyler Bouchard, food blogger and host and founder of Dining with Skyler.
2 p.m.: Races Begin
Isabella du Pont Sharp Memorial Maiden Timber Race ($15,000 purse).
Winterthur Bowl Open Timber Race ($40,000 purse).
Vicmead Plate Amateur Highweight Timber Race ($15,000 purse).
Middletown Cup Open Flat Race.
Presentation of the Greta Brown Layton Trophy.
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, a unique national treasure founded by collector and horticulturalist Henry Francis du Pont in Winterthur, Del., is home to three generations of the du Pont family. Winterthur was opened to the public in 1951, and it is known internationally for its world-class collection of American decorative arts, naturalistic garden, research library and graduate programs.
Winterthur Museum houses the premier collection of American decorative arts, with more than 90,000 objects made or used in America circa 1640-1860. The collection is displayed in the elegant 175-room house, much as it was when the du Pont family lived there. Selected works also are exhibited in the permanent and changing exhibition galleries.
The 60-acre Winterthur Garden is one of the oldest continually operating naturalistic gardens in North America, with year-round harmonious color and successively blooming plantings. As a preserved historic landscape, the garden is a resource for scholars, landscape architects and horticulturists.
The Winterthur Library provides staff, students and the general public with research materials about American decorative arts. Since opening in 1952, it has become an internationally renowned center for the advanced study of America’s artistic, cultural, social and intellectual history from colonial times to the 20th century. The library is open to the public without appointment or charge.
Winterthur’s roots as an academic institution are founded in two graduate programs sponsored in conjunction with the University of Delaware: the two-year Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, founded in 1952, and the three-year Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, founded in 1974. Each provides essential academic training and intellectual support for established scholars and rising stars in the fields of material culture studies and art conservation. More than 700 alumni fill leadership roles in museums, universities and other institutions dedicated to enhancing the public’s understanding of American decorative arts and material culture and advancing the study and preservation of cultural heritage.
Winterthur features a range of educational programming that includes popular and scholarly lectures, films, academic conferences, and intensive study programs on decorative arts. Weekly family programs in the museum and garden attract a wide age group, and musical performances attract fresh crowds each month. Nearly 100 garden programs a year have a loyal following while also attracting new visitors. School-age children and college students participate in a variety of educational opportunities and classes, and Winterthur also provides programs for regional libraries and training workshops for teachers.
Willowdale Steeplechase. Photo by Bob Plant.
Sunday, May 13
101 E. Street Road, Kennett Square
- Gates open.
- Willowdale Shops, restaurant booths, Kid’s Alley Tent and antique car display open.
Jack Russell Terrier Races.
The Whip Tavern Tailgate Competition.
Miss Nancy Nicholas Memorial Side Saddle Race.
Amateur Training Flat: The Liam Magee.
Maiden Claiming Hurdle: The Folly.
Conditioned Claiming Hurdle: Rose Tree Cup.
Presentation: Tailgate Competition winner and Miss Nancy Nicholas Memorial Side Saddle Race awards in front of the OTR tent.
Amateur Steeplechase: Willowdale Steeplechase Stakes.
Maiden Timber: Landhope Cup.
Amateur Apprentice Timber: Marshall W. Jenney Memorial Foxhunter’s Chase.
Each morning, 3-year-old Lily-Kate Boylan wakes up and asks her mom if she’s going to see her horse. And each morning, Sarah-Kate helps her daughter count down the days until her next visit to Quest Therapeutic Services. For this sweet little girl with big blue eyes, seeing Willow is the highlight of her week. For Mom, it’s an important step in helping her daughter build core strength and develop balance.
At Quest, licensed therapists use well-trained horses as part of an overall treatment strategy to improve a child’s gross motor, fine motor, sensory and communication skills. Diagnosed with epilepsy at 2 months, Lily-Kate doesn’t let much stop her. Each week, she mounts Willow and rides forward, backward and sideways. Each change of position focuses on a specific muscle area or sensation. Lily- Kate is challenged to adjust her posture and balance, and with every session, her parents see improvement in her core strength, balance and mental focus.
Every year, Quest raises more than $250,000 and relies on 125 volunteers so kids like Lily-Kate can receive life-changing services. “Quest has been more than a program for our daughter,” says her mother. “The waiting room has become a parent support group where like minds share and support each other—where staff join conversations to offer support and suggestions. Quest provides a platform where children can feel safe, loved and encouraged by both people and ponies.”
Stroud Water Research Center studies and researches fresh water ecosystems around the world, sharing its 50 years of expertise with landowners, municipalities, government officials and other nonprofit organizations. Its environmental education programs serve more than 5,000 students in the region, and its watershed restoration group works with farmers and large landowners throughout the region.
Its mission is to “advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water through global research, education and restoration.”
“The support Stroud Water Research Center receives from the proceeds of the Willowdale Steeplechase directly benefits all departments by going into the annual fund,” says Kristine Lisi, Stroud’s director of development and outreach. “Unfortunately, grants never fully fund the cost of our fresh-water research, environmental education programs, or our watershed restoration efforts, so the generous support we receive helps every staff member fully complete their work without the stress of wondering where funding will come from.”
Willowdale Steeplechase’s tremendous support of Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center has funded its work in advancing veterinary education, research and services, including the Equine Ambulance and the EQUIMAGINE robotics imaging project.
Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital provides an internationally renowned standard of care and advanced methods in equine surgical and imaging procedures.
Set on nearly 700 acres in Chester County, Pa., the New Bolton Center has one of the largest caseloads of any academic large-animal hospital in the nation, handling more than 4,900 patient visits a year. Meanwhile, its field service treats more than 38,000 patients at local farms. The campus also includes a swine center, a working dairy and a poultry unit. All provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.
Radnor Hunt Races.
Saturday, May 19
826 Providence Road, Malvern
Picnic Tailgate Competition. Theme TBA.
- Special Presentation: Mounted Color Guard of the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry.
- National Anthem: Orpheus Club of Philadelphia.
First Race: Milfern Cup Race.
Second Race: Thompson Memorial Steeplechase.
Third Race: Radnor Hunt Cup.
Parade of the Radnor Hunt Foxhounds.
Fourth Race: National Hunt Cup.
Fifth Race: James M. Moran Jr. Steeplechase.
Sixth Race: Henry Collins Steeplechase.
Preakness coverage begins.
Celebrating 88 wonderful years in 2018, the Radnor Hunt Races is built on many traditions—thoroughbred horses at the peak of athleticism, beautiful horse-drawn carriages, dramatic flowered hats, and families cheering along the rail. Above all else is the legacy of protecting the stunning open spaces that make the Brandywine Valley such a beautiful place to call home.
Since 1980, the Radnor Hunt Races have benefited the Brandywine Conservancy, whose work over the past 50 years has focused on protecting water and preserving the breathtaking landscapes, rich history and active farmland surrounding the Brandywine Creek. With the help of the races and many likeminded partners, the Conservancy has protected over 64,490 acres of open space and continues to improve and safeguard water quality along the creek—starting at its source in Honey Brook, Pa., and traveling downstream to Wilmington, Del., providing clean drinking water for over a half-million residents within the watershed.
The Conservancy works closely with private landowners who wish to see their lands protected forever, and also provides innovative land use and environmental planning services to municipalities and other governmental agencies.
Also: A very special thanks to the presenting sponsor BNY Mellon for 34 years of support.