Montpelier Hunt Races Announces New Chairman

Montpelier Hunt Races is pleased to announce the appointment of David Perdue as the new Chairman. Perdue succeeds Charlie Seilheimer who served in the position for 25 years.

Perdue is a native of Atlanta, GA, and a real estate developer and investor. His uncle George E. Chase, Sr., co-founded the Atlanta Steeplechase.

Perdue and his family moved to Somerset, VA, in 2003. He is a Fox Hunter, and a member of the Keswick Hunt Board of Governors and a steeplechase horse owner, with a win at Foxfield Races in the fall. Interested in land preservation, Perdue and has served on the Piedmont Environmental Council Board. He has been active in historic preservation with both professional real estate development activities and Board service in Atlanta to the Preservation Center and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

David Perdue, Reynolds Cowles, Brooke Royster and Jack Sanford at Mr. Seilheimer’s retirement party.

“David is exactly the right person to take the Montpelier Hunt Races into the future” states Charlie Seilheimer. “He has all the qualifications and more importantly, the enthusiasm for steeplechase racing and all that it involves”.

Perdue has served as Co-Director of Racing for the Montpelier Hunt Races for the past two years. “The first Saturday in November is my favorite day of the year, and I am thrilled to be able to continue this great tradition for Orange County and steeplechase racing in general. I’m looking forward to taking our sport forward and introducing it to a new generation and embracing the changes that are sure to come” states Perdue. His tenure begins January 1, 2023.

Montpelier Hunt Races are held the first Saturday in November at Montpelier, Home of James and Dolley Madison. Proceeds from the races benefit Montpelier and other community organizations. Tickets go on sale July, 2023, for more