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Friday, April 10, 2020

Spring/Summer Show Previews & Trainers 2020

Cheshire Point-to-Point, now scheduled for June 14, features exciting timber racing

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.

Cheshire 1We 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.

Cheshire 2In 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.

Cheshire 3The 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

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.


Alex Matz opens a training and sales barn

COATESVILLE, Pa--Alex Matz is opening a training, competition and sales barn for jumpers in Coatesville, Pa.

Alex MatzMatz, 23, has had a successful career as a jumper rider and has trained with Jos Lansink of The Netherlands, who won a team gold medal at the 1992 Olympics, and with John and Beezie Madden, two time team gold medalist and one of the most successful show jumper riders in the world.

Alex matz rightMatz began his riding career, of course, with his father, Michael, a top show jumping rider with an Olympic team silver medal, before turning to training race horses including Barbaro and Union Rags, and with his mother DD, a top amateur owner jumper rider who also competed at the highest level, earning two Pan American games bronze medals.

Matz, 23, is setting up a show jumping barn on Doe Run Road and already has a few horses for sale.

He will develop young horses up to the grand prix level.

He can meet riders at shows for training or take them  in for lessons.

Alex Matz head shouldersPresently showing at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., Matz is going out on his own as a trainer at the end of the season in Florida.

He already has two horses for sale.

Contact Matz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Penn State's 18th annual student run quarter horse sale

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.--Penn State Students are prepareing for the 18th student run Quarter Horse Sale.

Penn state 1Students enrolled in several courses are preparing for the 18th annual Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale.

The event will take place on May 2 at the Snider Ag Arena on Penn State’s University Park campus.

Students involved with the Equine Marketing class are preparing all aspects of the sale including advertising, sponsorship, web site maintenance, social media, and even food preparation for the day.

Meanwhile, the students enrolled in the Horse Handing and Training class are preparing the horses and starting them under saddle.

The group plans to offer thirteen 2 year olds and one 3-year-old at this year’s sale.

Penn state 2Horses in this year’s sale are by PSU Dynamic Krymsun, PSU He Rox The Nite, Mechanic and Red White N Good.

All of the horses offered were born and raised at the university farm and have been managed and handled by students through all phases of their life to date.

Other events occurring during sale day include a demonstration of sale horses, a trade show with industry partners, a tour of the university farm and a silent auction to help support the Horse Farm Endowment.

Penn state 3For more Information, visit or contact Brian Egan at 814-863-0569 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For updates on the sale follow the Penn State Quarter Horse Sale on Facebook and Twitter (@PSUHorseAuction).

See you at the Tent Event at the Warrenton Horse Show grounds

WARRENTON, Va.--In the spring of 2019, Trailer Country LLC hosted a tent event at the Warrenton Horse Show showgrounds.

trailer country 1We were so pleased with the outcome of that three days of showing trailers in one of the largest equine regions on the East coast that we decided to do it again in 2020.

this year's sale takes place April 3 - 5.

The tent event is a stand alone event that we set up to showcase our top quality brands.

This year our event will once again be held at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds in the quaint town of Warrenton, Va.

This is in the equine rich Fauquier County and just a short distance from major areas such as Washington, DC, Charlottesville, Va.,and Southern Maryland.

This venue is easy to find and easy to maneuver horse trailers in and out for our convenience and the convenience of those coming with trades and those leaving with their new trailers.

trailer country 2We are excited! It's quite an undertaking for Trailer Country LLC, and if you've been to one of our events or seen us at expos and shows, we don't take our visits "off farm" lightly.

We want to do things right and give our best possible presentation at every turn.

We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information, call 757-630-8664 or 757-646-7315 or go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Maryland Steeplechase Ass'n.’s 2020 Vision: Focusing on the Spring Chases

Go or no go? On or off? Here or there? Stop the press! Redo, rework, reprint – roll the presses!

Md steplechaseIt’s already been an exciting season, and the first start flag has not even dropped yet; from date changes to venue changes, the Governor’s Cup Series committee has scrambled to keep up!

Now it’s done. The 2020 season has sorted itself out. So what’s new?

It's been scramble again due to the coronavirus.

For 2020, both the Fair Hill Point-to-Point and the Maryland Junior Hunt Cup will be on hiatus.

As many are aware, Fair Hill is undergoing a dramatic capital infrastructure overhaul and the course is temporarily unavailable, but organizers are looking forward to reviving the meet in 2021.

For the better part of two decades, the Junior Hunt Cup has provided young riders in the mid-Atlantic region with opportunities to learn about and participate in racing.

Hundreds of horses, ponies, and children have come under the starters flag and have felt the thrill of the race.

A tip of the hat to the original founders of the Junior Hunt Cup and a salute to race secretary Alix Smith for her 20 years of dedication. We hope to see it return in a future year.

An anticipated new Point-to-Point being considered 2020 has been tabled for this year, and Goshen Hunt Club will look instead towards 2021.

Meanwhile, the Foxhall Farm Team Chase, to be hosted this year by Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club, has  been cancelled.

Like the Fair Hill Point-to-Point, the Fair Hill Races were originally also on hiatus for 2020 (due to the same capital infrastructure facility overhaul).

But a true 11th hour Hail Mary deal was struck with the Maryland Jockey Club to host a limited card of Fair Hill races at Laurel Park – thanks to the hard work of steeplechase diehards Ross Pearce and Jay Griswold.

All MarylaNd's racing dates are in The Horse's calendar - go to the website ad click oN CALENDAR.

The 2020 Maryland Steeplechase Race Conditions Book is available online: click here for the digital version. If you would a hard copy of the Conditions Book mailed to you, please contact Crystal Brumme Pickett This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Stables at Fox Crossing monthly schooling shows have been cancelled for now

COCHANVILLE, Pa.--The monthlyschooling shows at The Stables at Fox Crossing have been cancelled until the end of the coronavirus shutdown.

Willowdale Steeplechase has been cancelled

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa.--The Willowdale Steeplechase, previously rescheduled due to the coronavirus to June 6 has been cancelled..



Winterthur Steeplechase has been cancelled

WINTERTHUR, Del.--Winterthur Steeplechase, scheduled for Sunday, May 3, has been cancelled and is not rescheduled.


Brandywine Point-to-Point Races has been cancelled

WEST CHESTER, Pa--The 78th running of the Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point, scheduled for Sunday, April 5, has been cancelled.


Radnor Hunt Races have been cancelled

MALVERN, Pa.--The Radnor Hunt Races, scheduled for Saturday, May 16, have been cancelled.

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