On March 3 Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds launches the 2012 Virginia Spring Point-to-point season at the Thornton Hill racecourse in Sperryville. Post time for the first race is noon when the Junior Field Masters Chase goes under starter’s orders. The race card continues with seven more contests, including two hurdle, two flat and four timber races.

Even better, the action continues on Sunday, March 4 with the first ever Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hunter Pace when the first riders start at 1 o’clock. Divisions include Fast Time, Optimum Time Adult and Junior and Flat. For conditions and entry information, see http://www.centralentryoffice.com

The Virginia Point-to-point Association Hunter Paces allow enthusiasts to get actively involved with this spring series wherein participants earn points toward year-end awards. The series gets underway on February 26 with Casanova Hunt’s very popular Hunter Pace event at Acorn Hill Farm. Thornton Hill Fort Valley’s Pace Event, the following Sunday, is the second on the circuit.