POCOPSON – Time is running out for the exciting 79th Annual Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point on Sunday, April 3 at the Myrick Conservation Center in Pocopson Township.
This annual event is an exceptional opportunity to see obstacle racing at its best on a 318-acre property overlooking the beautiful landscape of southern Chester County, featuring up to 17 jumps.
But Brandywine Hills is more than just a horse race, because in addition to the chance to watch the horses and riders race the course, there are a host of activities for the kids, making it a premier family event. plan in the spring in Chester County.
Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and races start at 12:00 p.m. as well as children’s activities from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For kids wanting to commemorate their point-to-point visit, there’s a photo booth where they and their friends can take pictures with their phones or cameras. Lenape lore activities, a planting table, glitter tattoos, and jewelry making are also included in the offerings.
Perhaps the most popular youth events are headline and pony races.
Even children as young as 3 years old are invited to race to the finish line riding their own ponies. There are two: one for 3 to 5 year olds and the second for 6 to 8 year olds.
For younger kids keen to ride, the frontline pony races start at 1:15 p.m. Kids ride their ponies and parents train them on a short course for the prize.
Shortly after the youth races comes the event adults and children love: the Radnor Hunt Foxhound Parade. They and their master come to wriggle up the hill and wave to the crowd, rushing and barking for attention. They are not there to touch, but they are delighted to be photographed.
Children who attend the races will also have the pleasure of seeing races of small, medium and large ponies, ridden by young jockeys of remarkable finesse and great speed.
Races begin at noon with the Field Master Chase. It is followed by the children’s races, the adult ladies’ race resuming at 1h45 after the dog parade. The Amateur Apprentice race is at 2:15 p.m.; the Novice race is at 2:45 p.m.; open race is at 3:15 p.m.; and the Foxhunter’s Race closing the day at 3:45 p.m.
Visitors are encouraged to purchase $10 raffle tickets for chances to win prizes ranging from artwork and restaurant gift cards to tickets to other equestrian events, including box seats of the Devon Horse Show.
The main sponsor of the Brandywine Hills point to point races is the Radnor Hunt Foxhunters & The Hounds Foundation. Food is available onsite for purchase at Saloon 151
The HE Myrick Conservation Center is the headquarters of the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance (BRC). Privately owned and open to the public during the day, the center is in Pocopson Township along Highway 842, 10 km west of West Chester and 5 km east of Unionville. General admission parking is $25, with preferred parking near the finish line for riders, owners and coaches. Sponsorships are available online at www.brandywineredclay.org or by calling the BRC office at 610-793-1090.