October 2016

Two’s Company wins the National Sporting Library & Museum Cup at the VA Fall Races

Irish-bred Two’s Company won the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) Cup at the 62nd Annual Meet of the Virginia Fall Races on Saturday, October 8. While early rain made the course footing soft, it did not seem to stop the seven year-old gelding, owned by Bruton Street – US and piloted by Sean McDermott, from edging out six other horses over the long 3 1/4 mile timber course.

It was anyone’s race until the tightly packed […]

October 2015

TB Retirement Foundation Plein Air “Art at the Races” Event at Montpelier Nov 7

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at Montpelier is hosting the Plein Air  ‘Art at the Races ‘ event at the Montpelier Hunt Races on November 7, again this year.
Noted artists Kelly Coffin, Nancy Wallace, Helen Hilliard, Carol Igleasias, D. Haskell Chuuy, James Erickson,Lilla Ohrstrom, Debbie Kozura,Richard Luschek and Elaine Hurst will be painting outside before the races and at the races. An ’ Art at the Races’ art gallery will be set up at the races […]

May 2014

2014 WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series Debuts at the Devon Horse Show

The 2014 WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series will be held at the Devon Horse Show and at the WIHS. Photo © Shawn McMillen Photography.

April 2014

VA Gold Cup Races May 3, 2014

Come enjoy the 89th running of the world-famous Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase race, Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia. The Virginia Gold Cup is a grand spring tradition as well as a fixture on the social calendar. This race is one of the largest and most popular sporting events in the greater Washington metropolitan area, attended by more than 50,000 spectators. Race day features six hurdle and timber horses races, […]

March 2014

Great Meadow acquires Fleming Farm to host High Performance Eventing

Robert L. Banner, President of Great Meadow Foundation in The Plains, VA reported that on Friday, February 28, 2014, Great Meadow completed purchase of their adjacent 174 acres called Fleming Farm, reuniting parcels that were originally purchased by Arthur “Nick” Arundel in 1982 so that The Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase races could establish a permanent home.

At that time, Arundel separated enough land to adequately host the races and retained interest in the remaining acres.  He established a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, now known as Great Meadow Foundation and donated the racecourse property to the Foundation.  Great Meadow’s mission is to “preserve open space for equestrian and community service.”  Today, the foundation plays host to more than 40 events and draws more than 200,000 spectators through its gates annually.  In addition to being the permanent home of the Gold Cup steeplechase races, the Great Meadow calendar features polo, show jumping, wine festivals, rocketry competition, cross-country foot races, and a very popular July Fourth celebration.

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March 2013

Colonial Downs and Owners of Strawberry Hill Races Resolve Dispute

Colonial Downs and partners of Strawberry Hill Races, Christie Harrell and Mildred Dotson, announce today that their dispute regarding the “Strawberry Hill Races” trademark has been amicably resolved. The Strawberry Hill Races will be conducted in April beginning in 2014 and during subsequent years. Colonial Downs will conduct the Dogwood Classic Races on April 6, 2013 and during subsequent years. There is no relationship between the Strawberry Hill Races and Colonial Downs or the Dogwood […]