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Point-to-Point at Winterthur

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Pony Racer (Courtesy of Winterthur, photo by Ben Fournier)

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The back stretch. (Photo by Stephanie Peters)

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Third from left: P. Allen Smith, Tom Savage, Stephanie Peters. (Courtesy of Winterthur, photo by Rich Veight)

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Liz Farrell, Winterthur's communications manager. (photo by Stephanie Peters)

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Courtesy of Winterthur. (Photos from left: Ben Fournier, center and right: Stephanie Peters)

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A social event. (Photo by Stephanie Peters)

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Courtesy of Winterthur, (photos by Ben Fournier)

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Courtesy of Winterthur, (photo by Bob Leitch)

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Herbert Kohler, Executive Chairman & CEO of Kohler Co. (Courtesy of Winterthur, photo by Rich Veight)

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Courtesy of Winterthur (photo left: Ben Fournier, right: Stephanie Peters)

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Courtesy of Winterthur, (photo by Bob Leitch)

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Outriders and the hounds. (Courtesy of Winterthur, photo by Bob Leitch)

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Elegant style abounds. (Courtesy of Winterthur, photos by left: Ben Fournier, right: Stephanie Peters)

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Tom Savage, director of Winterthur museum affairs.(Courtesy of Winterthur, photo by Ben Fournier)

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Courtesy of Winterthur (photo by Ben Fournier)

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Rolls Royce and Bentley display. (photo by Stephanie Peters)

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Courtesy of Winterthur, (photo by Ben Fournier)

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The carriage procession. (Courtesy of Winterthur, photo by Ben Fournier)

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Courtesy of Winterthur, (photo by Ben Fournier)

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Courtesy of Winterthur, (photo by Ben Fournier)

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A charge to the finish. (Courtesy of Winterthur, photo by Bob Leitch)

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Courtesy of Winterthur, (photo by Ben Fournier)

 A RITE OF SPRING

Every year thousands of steeplechase fans turn out at Winterthur Estate in Delaware to spend a full day of timber racing, tailgating, and socializing with friends and family.

Overcast skies, brisk chilly winds, and periodic showers were no match for the 16,000 steeplechase enthusiasts who turned out for the 39th annual Point-to-Point at Winterthur event. Held on May 7th amid the splendor of Henry Francis du Pont’s Winterthur Estate in Delaware’s Brandywine Valley, the signature equestrian event has become a highly anticipated spring tradition.

People of all ages came out to enjoy a full day of professional timber races, elegant tailgating, pony and stick-horse races, vintage cars, and dog-friendly activities. A premier attraction that precedes the races at Winterthur is one of the nation’s largest processions of antique carriages. The parade, founded by George “Frolic” Weymouth who passed away last year, now bears his name.

There is a definite polish and panache to the festive day of sporting tradition. Point-to-Point at Winterthur has become a long-standing event on the calendar with generations of families carrying on the time-honored traditions of lavish tailgating, donning spring’s finest pastel fashions and sporting imaginative headgear that typically includes a festooned hat.

Throughout the day, racing fans rise to the sounds of thundering hooves as horses and riders navigate the three-mile course of flats and fixed wooden-rail fences and bound towards the finish line. Between races, guests mingle over canapés and champagne while relishing the day’s festivities.

Liz Farrell, Winterthur’s communication’s manager, recently told Delaware online, “It’s become something of a rite of spring. You come to Point-to-Point after the long winter, you reconnect with the community, have a great day, and enjoy the outdoors and magnificent steeplechase racing.”

 

 

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