MIDDLEBURG, VA — The 67th annual Virginia Fall Races will run on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Glenwood Park in Middleburg, VA. Gates open at 8:00 am and post time for the first race is 1:00 pm.

Witness the nation’s best steeplechase horses and riders as they contend for total purse money of $110,000 over the pristine turf course at Glenwood Park, which offers the best view in jump racing, amongst the century-old oaks of the Virginia countryside.

The $30,000 National Sporting Library & Museum Cup returns as the day’s marquee race, a timber race run over three and one-quarter miles. New this year is the addition of the $25,000 Magalen O. Bryant Memorial, run in memory of Mrs. Magalen O. Bryant, an entrepreneur, conservationist, and staunch supporter of thoroughbred racing in the US and Europe. For decades, a loyal advocate and friend of the community, Mrs. Bryant’s family continues her grand legacy at the Virginia Fall Races.

Photo by Douglas Lees

Spectators are encouraged to arrive early and behold the excitement and pageantry of the Theodora A. Randolph North American Field Hunter Championship Final, which kicks off at 9:00 am. Foxhunting enthusiasts from across the country will compete for the title and $4,000 in prize money.

General Admission and Reserved Parking arrangements can be made by calling the Race Office at (540) 687-9797 or emailing the Secretary at secretary@vafallraces.com. Race day General Admission is $50.00 CASH ONLY per car (admits one vehicle and four occupants). More information is available on www.vafallraces.com as well as Facebook and Instagram.

The Virginia Fall Races has run at Glenwood Park in Middleburg since 1955.  All proceeds from the race weekend benefit the INOVA Loudoun Hospital Foundation in nearby Leesburg, Virginia. Virginia Fall Races has consistently contributed more money to the foundation than any other sporting event.


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On the Hunt… for Hats

by Summer Stanley

Time is ticking. You may only have a few days to find an Easter bonnet, but lucky for you April brings spring races just around the corner, and Virginia Gold Cup (Derby Day) follows closely in May. Triple the fun for your crown! So where can you find the sometimes dainty and sometimes show­stopping accessory that fits your personality?

Photos provided by Tops of Old Town and Forget-me-Nots

Grab a friend and pop on over to Tops of Old Town, a high fashion boutique in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. Try on an array of styles, fabrics and colors to get yourself race ready.

“Tops’ priority is customer service; we strive to make every customer excited about their purchase. Whether you are a first time hat wearer or an experienced one, Tops’ staff will ensure that you not only get a hat, but you get YOUR hat!” promises the shop owner of 29 years, Willie Mae Mitchell. They even have chapeaus for the beaus!

Check out Middleburg’s Forget­-me­-Nots to have a custom­ designed hat just for you. Patty Milligan embellishes hats using exquisite pieces such as vintage brooches, pins and feathers. Send her a picture of your dress and she’ll work with you to find the perfect hat.

“As a milliner, it is always fun having the challenge to create something original, spectacular, and well suited for my client!” Milligan says.

This is especially enticing for those of you planning to enter the “Best Bonnet” competition at the next Point-to-Point! With hats ranging from casual to dramatic, there’s something for every budget.

In addition to custom orders, Patty also has an inventory of ready-to-go hats, with a selection of them carried at Patina, an antique, jewelry and gift shop located in the heart of Middleburg.

Where to hunt:

The Fun Shop, 115 W Washington St., Middleburg, 540-687-6590; www.thefunshop.com

Patina, 103 East Federal St., Middleburg; 540-­687­-6620; patina­shop.com

Forget­-me­-Nots, Mountville Rd, Middleburg; 571­-218­-5901; facebook.com

Tops of Old Town, 2400 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria; 703­-836­-4511; topsofoldtown.com

Piccadilly LTD., 80 Main St., Warrenton; 540-­347­-5300; piccadillyltd.com

Tri­-County Feeds, Fashions, Finds, 7408 John Marshall Hwy, Marshall 540­-364­-1891; tricountyfeeds.com

Horse Country Saddlery, 60 Alexandria Pike, Warrenton; 540­-347­-3141; horsecountrylife.com

Special tip: Browse through the online store at horsecountrycarrot.com under “country clothing” to find a brilliant assortment of fascinators in every color to match your frock or tailgate theme! So while the kids are hunting eggs, you’ve got your eyes on another prize. On your mark, get set, go!