Cheshire Point-to-Point, now scheduled for June 14, features exciting timber racing
- February 27, 2020
- By Staff Writers
UNIONVILLE, Pa.--The 74th running of the Cheshire Point-to-Point Races has been rescheduled from Sunday, March 29th in Unionville Pa., to Sunday, June 14 at Willowdale, with the gates opening at 10 am, and the racing kicking off with the pony races at 11:30.
We are excited to introduce our first ever NSA sanctioned race, the Louis Neilson, III Amateur Apprentice Race which is sponsored by BNY Mellon Wealth Management and Selkirk Partners and presented by Donald Cochran.
Thanks to our sponsors, we are able to offer a $10,000 purse which will be sure to attract a full card of entries.
Among the entries are Skyler McKenna and her cousin Parker Neilson.
They grew up pony racing against each other and they will ride against each other in the $10,000 Louis Neilson memorial timber race.
The race is named for Skylar and Parker’s grandfather who was a legendary timber jockey featured on 60 minutes.
He was a champion amateur jockey and Master of the Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Hounds.
In 2019, Skylar Neilson McKenna did something no other 16-year-old female has done in the 125 years of steeplechase racing in America.
She raced against and beat professional jockeys in the maiden timber race at the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup.
She rode Royal Ruse, a well bred horse owned by Charles Fenwick and trained by her aunt Sanna Neilson, who was a history maker herself by being the third woman to win the prestigious timber race Maryland Hunt Cup.
Sanna's son Parker Hendriks is now 16 and happens to be Skylar’s best friend.
The last race of the day will feature the The Joy Valentine Side Saddle Field Master Chase showcasing the beauty and tradition of side saddle.
Returning this year is the Partners in Preservation hospitality tent presented by the Brandywine Conservancy.
This year’s larger tent will offer a fabulous view of the race course situated right on the finish line, live streaming of the races and lunch provided by our sponsor Hearth Kitchen.
Access to the PIP tent is included with your parking pass.
Paddock Parking passes are $80, Finishline parking passes are $150 and passes are available for sale on our website www.cheshirepointtopoint.com
Rain or shine, we will gather to celebrate the end of Cheshire’s 107th season, horses racing across Cheshire country and the remarkable and enduring partnership that has preserved so much open space in Chester County.