Horse racing, steeple chases, dressage, and polo matches are long standing traditions in Virginia. Many annual events take place in the scenic horse country surrounding Charlottesville and Northern Virginia. When attending a historic horse event, you’ll feel immediate excitement and experience why spectators have enjoyed the sport for so many years.
Secretariat Birthday Celebration – Born and bred in Caroline County, the Secretariat “Super Horse” in 1973 became the first Triple Crown winner the nation had seen in 25 years. Celebrate the legend’s birthday at Meadow Event Park with activities and family fun for all ages.
The Virginia Gold Cup & International Gold Cup – Both steeplechases take place annually in May and October, respectively, at Great Meadow in The Plains of Northern Virginia. Drawing over 50,000 spectators, race day activities include terrier races, tailgating, shopping, hat contests and more.
Virginia Horse Festival – The annual festival takes place in early May at Meadow Event Park, just 25 miles north of Richmond. The three day equestrian event offers the best in clinics, seminars, agility shows, and demonstrations including dressage, jumping, and much more. Don’t miss Derby Day on Saturday with delicious derby fare, mint juleps, live music, and hat contests.
Montpelier Hunt Races – The hunt races at James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange have been running for more than 85 years. Always taking place the first Saturday in November, you’ll find steeplechases, terrier races, tailgating, and much more.
Last Updated: 4/16/2019