The 2016 Maryland steeplechase season bolted out of the gate on Sunday, March 20, with the running of the historic Foxhall Farm Cup Team Chase. The competition was hosted by Green Spring Valley Hounds in Glyndon, Maryland.
This event is a team chase, where teams of three negotiate a four-mile course across five farms with twenty-four obstacles in Green Spring Valley's home country.
Young Colin Smith, veteran of six seasons' hunting, pilots 12.2hh Bailey over this stiff timber fence. Robert Keller photo.
This year saw very deep entries, with more than thirty-three teams completing the course. Awards are given for fast time, and for the closest to the average of all times over the course. Entries included some of the top timber horses in the country, among them multiple stakes winners, and many prospects pointed for the 2016 Maryland Hunt Cup.
As a testament to the preservation efforts of this community, it is of note that today's course virtually mirrors the course that was used in the 1950s. Green Spring Valley would like to extend its deepest gratitude to the landowners who make this event possible: Helen and Frank Bonsal, Ann and Chammy Green, Julia Jitkoff and Stas Maliszewski, Wendy and Bew Griswold, and Carol and Gillian Fenwick.
Junior Brooke Leatherman well over an obstacle on Crazy for Daisy. Robert Keller photo.
Under a new agreement, the event will rotate for two year terns between Green Spring Valley (MD), Elkridge-Harford Hunt (MD), and Cheshire (PA), beginning in 2017 when it goes to Cheshire. View compete results at www.marylandsteeplechasing.com.