Montpelier Hunt Races always hosts seven races. The first race post time is 12:30 PM and the last race usually begins between 4:30 and 4:45PM. Two races are on the flat and 5 are over fences.The premier race is the sixth race and is run over Montpelier’s signature brush fences. Most races are over 2 miles and the horses make over 2 turns around the course.
Viewing is available right at the rail and is exhilarating beyond belief. Watching the horses being saddled and walked in the paddock is also a popular with spectators. A traditional presentation is made in the Winner’s Circle below the Race Tower for the winning horse, jockey and trainer.
Jockey’s silks distinguish the owners and are described in your race program. Other information about the horses, their recent race record, the weight they will be carrying, their color, sex and breeding are also included in the Race Program. Programs are for sale on Race Day.
Groom’s Awards for the best turned out horse sponsored by
With the mansion’s architectural restoration complete, come witness the investigation, discovery, and installation of Madison furnishings and décor. Watch as curators bring James and Dolley Madison’s home back to life.
Poster Art Info
This year’s poster art is by Virginia artist, Sandy Lawrence. This highly detailed pencil drawing shows Marion duPont Scott’s horse, Battleship, leading over Becher’s Brook in the Grand National on March 25, 1938. This year marks the 75th anniversary of his Grand National win which put him down in the record books as the first American bred and American owned horse to win the Grand National. He is still the smallest horse to ever win, with the youngest jockey, Bruce Hobbs who was only 17.
This win catapulted Marion duPont Scott and her Montpelier Racing stable into international fame. See more about the story on this website at Story of Battleship page.
Sandy Lawrence’s art education was with the community of artists of Virginia. She studied decorative arts at Ina Marx’s Finishing School in Great Neck, NY and her work is represented in many homes in Virginia as well as Mary Baldwin College and the National Paint and Coatings Association in DC. She lives in Charlottesville and is pursuing her love of portraiture.