UNIONVILLE, Pa--For many, the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup defines the fall season.
The clock goes back, the air is crisp, and the Unionville landscape is filled with color.
This year on Sunday, Nov. 3, the tradition continues, and the crowd will gather for four breathtaking timber races and more.
If you go, you will instantly understand why people say the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup is the “real thing.”
This is the place where neighbors gather to watch horses and riders gallop over fences and up and down hills usually covered by the Cheshire Hunt.
It is authentic, and its mission is to stay that way and serve the community that surrounds.
Proceeds from the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup benefit the important work of the Chester County Food Bank.
Over the years since the races moved to its current location at Newark and Street Roads the event has been able to donate over $1million to local charities.
There's a lot to do and see on race day.
Reserve a tailgate spot and enjoy a fall picnic with friends, family and other tailgaters (it's a friendly crowd).
Between the races watch the parade of antique carriages, ladies side saddle style, and of course, the hounds of the Cheshire Hunt.
Or, take a walk down to the “big tent” for something to eat and some shopping.
Fall fashions and holiday gift items are waiting there.
Reserve your tailgate spot or general admission parking pass, which includes admission for everyone in the vehicle, at pahuntcup.org.
General admission parking will also be sold on race day, at an increased price – so purchase today!
Gates open at 10:30, and Pony races begin at 11:30.
Timber racing begins with the Lewis C. Ledyard Memorial at 1:30, the Arthur O. Choate, Jr. Memorial at 2:15, and The Pennsylvania Hunt Cup at 3. The day ends with The Athenian Idol (flat) race at 3:30.
For more information and a complete schedule, visit pahuntcup.org
Support the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup and its beneficiary, the Chester County Food Bank, by dining at Sovana Bistro in Kennett Square, Sunday, Oct. 6. Mention the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup and 20 percent of your check will go the races.