Tweed, Timber and Thoroughbreds: the 63rd Blue Ridge Hunt Point to Point Races; Woodley Farm, Berryville, Virginia; March 10, 2012
by MG Bernier, Jump Start Solutions LLC
Mother Nature couldn’t have been any kinder as sunny spring weather graced the 63rd Blue Ridge Hunt Point to Point races at Woodley Farm, in Berryville, Virginia. The event was packed with spectators, horse owners, trainers and race enthusiasts. Tailgates ranged from modest to magnifique, and families and friends enjoyed the races from their picnic spreads while children rolled down hillsides and climbed field stones. Boots, hats and tweeds were the fashion of the day.
Woodley Farm has been the home of the Blue Ridge Hunt Point to Point Race for the past 63 years. Traditionally, the Point to Point is always held in March, which offers an advantage for the trainers and owners. The Point to Point races usually serve as training grounds for young horses, and as a step stone for horses to move forward to sanctioned races, which involve larger purses. Once again, the Thoroughbreds demonstrated their need for speed, and their extraordinary heart as they flew over timbers!
Well, hell, why didn't you TELL US you were going to be there??! Did you see my horse in the 5th???! He's one several of the CotH newbie crew have hunted, as is my lead pony!!
Are you coming to Warrenton this Saturday? PLEASE make sure to check in. There'll be a pack of CotH'ers there.
Hey I was there! I'm always there. I love being there! I'll be there THIS saturday too. I like to go there to see my peeps...and Hunter Rest and her peeps....it's all good there.
Hello; I'm Wateryglen....I'm a point to point junkie....I can't stop going there...no matter where there is. Hope to see you there.
Couldn't make it down to Blue Ridge last weekend, but will be at Warrenton this weekend. I will have one running in the open hurdle (and if another trainer stays true to his typical forgetfulness, he will call me Friday to ask that I run his two as well, haha).