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Steeplechase and Equestrian Events 

Horses racing photo 
How better to spend an afternoon of early spring?

 

Thoroughbred racingPhoto of a horse race.

139th Running of the Preakness Stakes - May 17, 2014
Marylanders love their horse racing and few tracks are as storied as Pimlico.  The day before the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, is Black-Eyed Susan.  This race for fillies dates back to 1919, and features the Women in Business Networking Luncheon with keynote speaker Mariel Hemingway.

Then it's on to the legendary Preakness Stakes, the race that shaped the legacies of champion horses like Seabiscuit. This year's event boasts fun-filled infield events featuring great live music.

Steeplechase races over timber is a Maryland tradition that goes back some 100-plus years. Few sports can boast the tradition of family participation which characterize these races.

Originating in the United Kingdom as a cross-country race from church steeple to church steeple, Maryland has enjoyed this exciting sport for more than 100 years. Expect plenty of tailgating at the  annual Potomac Hunt Races in May. Gates open at 11 a.m. at the Kiplinger estate in Poolesville (Montgomery County) with activities begining at noon. Tickets are $30 and are available online.

The Fair Hill Races have been held on the 5,600-acre former estate of William duPont Jr. since 1934.

Maryland Hunt Cup - April 26, 2014
Maryland Junior Hunt Cup - April 27, 2014 
Howard County Cup Races - May 3, 2014
Potomac Hunt Races - May 18, 2014
Fair Hill Races - May 18, 2014
The Legacy Chase - September 27, 2014

Horse trials and shows

MCTA Horse Trials at Shawan Downs
- May 3-4, 2014
Sweet Rock Stables Open Schooling Dressage Show -
May 4, 2014

Read more about Maryland's Horse Heritage

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