Experience the thrill of steeplechase horse racing at the 82st running of the Montpelier Hunt Races on the historic grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier. Montpelier Hunt Races always hosts seven races. The first race post time is 12:30 PM and the last race usually begins between 4:30 and 4:45PM. Two races are on the flat and 5 are over fences.The premier race is the sixth race and is run over Montpelier’s signature brush fences. Most races are over 2 miles and the horses make over 2 turns around the course. Viewing is available right at the rail and is exhilarating beyond belief. Watching the horses being saddled and walked in the paddock is also a popular with spectators. A traditional presentation is made in the Winner’s Circle below the Race Tower for the winning horse, jockey and trainer. Additional arts and craft vendors kick off the holiday shopping season.