Charlottesville to host second steeplechase race in 2023 National Series;
Portion of proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville
(Charlottesville, VA – July 10, 2023) – Albemarle County’s signature steeplechase racing event, the Foxfield Races return with the second steeplechase race of the National Steeplechase Association’s 2023 series. The Fall Races are normally a tradition for friends and families, and will take place on Sunday, October 1. Tickets are on sale now at foxfieldraces.com. Foxfield will once again partner with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, which will receive a portion of proceeds from tickets sold and additional philanthropic support from Foxfield’s corporate sponsors. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville received $50,000 in both 2021 and 2022.
Foxfield, which most recently hosted the Spring Races event on April 29, has been hosting nationally recognized steeplechase races in the heart of Virginia for over 40 years, giving residents and visitors alike the opportunity to witness spectacular horse racing and enjoy the beauty of the countryside. In 1977, Mariann de Tejeda generously purchased the property for the Foxfield Racing Association and designed and built the race course. Today, the bi-annual races host upwards of 17,000 attendees and feature a strong field of horses and riders, free fun for friends and family of all ages, vendor village, local food trucks, truck touch and more.
“Foxfield is able to maintain and preserve open space because of the community’s support. We look forward to welcoming friends and families on October 1 as well as many passionate and supportive corporate and business sponsors,” said Foxfield Racing Executive Director Kelsey Cox. “ Foxfield’s mission is to bring the community together and in turn support philanthropic partners, like our partner, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville. “
Tickets are on sale now with various pricing options available. General admission tickets start at $45 now through Thursday, September 14 (prices increase to $55 on September 15). Free admission for children age 12 and under. A Family Ticket Package is available for the first time ever! For information on the schedule, pricing, parking and to purchase tickets, visit foxfieldraces.com.
WHAT’S THE EXPERIENCE LIKE?
- Gates open at 9:30 a.m. and the first race begins at 12:30 p.m. (races run rain or shine).
- A Vendor Village, Truck Touch, food trucks and a Children’s Tent will all be open beginning at 10 a.m. The Children’s Tent will feature:
- Engaging in the races is the main event! Enter Foxfield’s FREE TO PLAY game in the Stable Duel App. Learn about each horse, rider, and trainer. Pick 10 horses for your stable. Top winners share the $2,500 prize. Make certain to pick up a race program or head to foxfieldraces.com.
- For the full schedule, visit foxfieldraces.com/schedule/.
FOXFIELD’S COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Foxfield Races has given back to the local community from the earliest days, and its dedication to continuing the tradition is strong. Foxfield is committed to not only monetarily supporting its philanthropic partners after race day, but actively engaging in their programs and work throughout the year, celebrating and supporting their community work by amplifying their messages, and spreading their missions to a broader community. The Foxfield Races fall partner is Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, with a special focus on their Southwood neighborhood.
CORPORATE 500 PARTNERS
As one of the top sporting events in Virginia, the Foxfield Races offer a unique opportunity for business entertainment, sponsorship, advertising, and promotions. Foxfield 500 Corporate Sponsorship offers an elevated experience to welcome corporate groups to race day in a fabulous tent by the finish line while sponsoring a race and supporting Foxfield and their philanthropic partner. For more information, please contact Kelsey Cox kelseycox@Foxfieldraces.com. The 2023 Corporate 500 Partners include: Flow Audi of Charlottesville; Virginia National Bank; Virginia Eagle Distributing; Faulconer Construction Company; Brown Advisory; Tiger Fuel; and Marsh McLennan Agency.
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ABOUT FOXFIELD RACES
The Foxfield Races conduct steeplechase racing in Albemarle County, Virginia, twice a year on property conserved under easement. The races are managed by the Foxfield Racing LLC as a subsidiary of the Garth Road Preservation Foundation, both not-for-profit 501(c)3 organizations. For more information and updated schedule details, visit www.foxfieldraces.com.