It's almost time for the second steeplechase of 2011 at Foxfield Races. It is a great tradition here in Charlottesville, VA area. We've gone to the fall event every year that we've lived here (okay that's only been 2 years so far) and are looking forward to it again this year. Each year we've had a wonderful time. The weather in 2009 was absolutely gorgeous fall weather - sunny, slight breeze and in the 70's. Last year was a bit chilly with a hint of mist in the air. This year - who knows?
The races take place on Sunday September 25th, gates open from 10:00am to 5:00pm. There are six exciting steeplechase races you can watch from the rail - up close and personal as the horses zip by. Before each race you can view the horses in the paddock area. Besides the horse races there are Jack Russell Terrier Races, a race course walk, and bagpipers. You can also watch the jockeys weigh in at the beginning and end of the races. The first year we went there was also a sky-diver to start the races.
This year's race benefits two charities - Kid Pan Alley and our area food bank. Kid Pan Alley is an organization that inspires and helps children to be creators of music and not just consumers. They help children learn about teamwork, the value of other people's ideas and collaboration through a group songwriting process. It helps our children express their feelings through music.