Top West Chester, PA Events
The Brandywine’s Horse Races
Depending upon when you visit, you may want to ask us to get tickets for you to one of the area’s horse events. In April, there’s the Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point which has been held for more than 70 years and includes fun and exciting horse and pony steeplechase races, a parade of foxhounds, and many children’s activities. Gates open at 11:00 a.m., first race at 12:00, on the grounds of the 318-acre Myrick Conservation Center. It’s the oldest Point-to-Point in the Delaware Valley.
Winterthur’s Point-to-Point steeplechase races are held in early May and signal the “unofficial” start of the tourist season. Point-to-Point is more than just the races. It is a place to see and be seen, with antique horse-drawn carriages and historic autos on display. Attendees over the years have made an art of tailgating. Shop for the latest style of equine-inspired apparel or join the families for Nine Holes Anywhere croquet golf. For the kids there are the stick horse races, pony rides, and an amazing scavenger hunt! Get your wristbands early for this event, it is always a sell out drawing people from up and down the east coast.
Also in May are the Willowdale Steeplechase races held on Mother’s Day. This family-friendly event is enjoyed by over 10,000 spectators who spend a casual yet sophisticated day in Chester County’s horse country wiich includes seven exciting horse races, Jack Russell Terrier and Pony Races, antique cars, boutique shopping, tailgate competition and much more.
Toward the end of May is the Radnor Hunt Races, with its six exciting steeplechase races featuring horses galloping over hurdles and timber fences for purses totaling $180,000. Enjoy a tailgate picnic with friends and family while helping to support the land and water preservation programs of the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
Not far from the Inn, on Philadelphia’s Main Line you can attend the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair. This 10 day happening includes all types of horse competitions in divisions for hunters, jumpers, saddlebreds, Hackney horses and ponies, Roadsters, Friesians, Coaching and other driving competitions including Open Tandem and Unicorns. The Country Fair offers all sorts of entertainment with family days, ladies days with the popular Ladies’ Hat Contest and there is even a plant sale at the end of the show.
For thoroughbred racing enthusiasts, Delaware Park is not more than 25 minutes from the Inn. The Park is an old school racetrack designed by William du Pont, Jr. Opening in June, 1937 with a 30-day summer race meet, the Park became a summer racing destination with its beautiful tree covered paddock area where fans are able to get a close view of the horses before the post parade, much like at Saratoga.
Barbaro, winner of the 2006 Kentucky Derby, won his first race at Delaware Park in October of 2005. Delaware Park renamed the Leonard Richards Stakes, a Grade III race for three year olds, the Barbaro Stakes in his honor. Check their website for stakes race schedule.