A perfect way to take a fence.
Photo by Carole Dell/The Almanac
On Sunday, May 21, families, friends and horse-lovers turned out to enjoy a day of racing and camaraderie at the 65th running of the Potomac Hunt Races in Poolesville. Crowds roamed the fields on Partnership Road, while others gathered at tailgate parties or simply spread out their own picnic as they watched the races.
In addition to the thrill of watching the horses thunder past as they take the jumps with breathtaking speed, the day’s festivities have something for everyone. A mounted police demonstration, vendors and a kid’s zone are popular attractions. For those who dare to risk getting wet in a shallow pond, children could try their skill at stand-up paddle boarding.
This annual event celebrating the beauty and athleticism of steeplechasing and its horses since 1952 also serves as a fundraiser and benefited TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, an organization that provides comfort to those who have lost a loved one while serving in the Armed Forces. “We are proud that we have been able to support our charities each and every year,” said Skip Crawford, co-chair of the event and joint master of the Potomac Hunt.