Rappahannock Hunt Point -to-Point Recap; First Live Racing of 2023

The Rappahannock Hunt Point-to-Point (PTP) Race took place over the weekend, and it was an exciting event for equestrian enthusiasts and fans of steeplechase racing. The race took place on Saturday, March 4, 2023, in Boston, Virginia.

The Rappahannock Hunt is one of the oldest Point-to-Point races in Virginia, dating back to 1951 when the first races were held. The event attracts riders and horses from all over the region, and it has become a popular fixture in the local equestrian calendar.

The spring PTP season continues at the Airlie Race Course March 18 with the Warrenton Hunt Point-to-Point, followed by others at the Salem Course in Upperville March 25 (Piedmont Fox Hounds), the Ben Venue Farm in Ben Venue April 8 (Old Dominion Hounds), the Woodley Farm in Berryville April 16 (Blue Ridge Hunt), Morven Park in Leesburg April 23 (Loudoun Hunt) and Glenwood Park in Middleburg April 30 (Middleburg Hunt).

Overall, the Rappahannock Hunt Point-to-Point Race was a great success, with excellent weather, a lively atmosphere, and some fantastic racing action. Equestrian fans will no doubt be eagerly anticipating next year’s event, which promises to be even bigger and better than ever before.

Thanks to Douglas Lees for the Exceptional Photography!

Maiden Flat Race Winner Thundra with Trainer Arch Kingsley and Jockey Taylor Kingsley
Maiden Flat Race Winning Jockey Taylor Kingsley
Open Flat winner Fightinirishtabit with owner Daniel Denefrio
Shooting The Breeze ridden by Parker Hendriks, with trainer Kathy Neilson
Open Timber race winner Fletched Ridden by Elizabeth Scully leading second place Mo’s in the House ridden by Gerald Galligan
Maiden Timber race Winner Barrister Ridden by Colin Smith leading Second and Third Place horses Adjustment and Bet the Pot
Large Pony race left to right approaching stretch: James Wyatt on Goose, Carly Kern on Georgie Boy, and Yomar Ortiz, on Douglas
Yomar Ortiz congratulates his medium Pony winner in the winner’s circle
Medium Pony race at Rappahannock Yomar Ortiz won on #3–Blueberry
Arch Kingsley with his daughter Taylor
Oliver Brown, MFH and Co-Chairman of the races with his son Michael Brown, MFH and former Huntsman
Small Pony Race Winner Cami Kern Riding Mallory