Maryland’s spring season kicks off with the Foxhall Farm Trophy Team Chase this Sunday, March 20, and follows with a different meet each weekend. 108 horses are signed up to run as teams of three, with a 1 p.m. post time (and the tailgating is free). To find out who is riding this weekend, click here.

One of the oldest horse sports in Maryland, steeplechasing today draws more spectators than any other equestrian sport in Maryland (except for the flat and harness tracks), regularly drawing thousands of horse people and non-horse people to picnic on hillsides and tailgates while watching Thoroughbreds fly fences (or ponies introducing young riders to the “need for speed”).  The Equiery is a proud sponsor of the 2016 Maryland Steeplechase Association’s Governor Cup Series, which is presented by Farm Credit. Click here to learn more about the Series!

Meanwhile, the Maryland Hunt Cup, which this year has upped its purse to a cool hundred grand, announces a record number of early nominees (29). The envelope please…

HORSE (Owner/Trainer)

  • ALMARMOOQ (Irvin S. Naylor, Katherine S. Neilson)
  • AND THE EAGLE FLYS 
(Mrs. William D. Class Jr, William Meister)
  • ANY KEY 
(Straylight Racing LLC, William Meister)
  • BALLYLIFEN-Ire 
(Bruton Street-US, Jack Fisher)
  • CARRICKBOY-Ire 
(Morning Star Farm, Ricky Hendriks)
  • CATCH THE ECHO 
(Gerry L. Brewster, Joseph G. Davies)
  • CLASS BRAHMS 
(Rosbrian Farm, Tara Elmore)
  • DERWINS PROSPECTOR 
(Gerry L. Brewster, Joseph G. Davies)
  • DONT TELL SAILOR-Ire 
(Rosbrian Farm, Tara Elmore)
  • DRIFT SOCIETY-Ire 
(Bruton Street-US, Jack Fisher)
  • FOYLE (Merriefield Farm, Bruce Fenwick)
  • GUTS FOR GARTERS-Ire 
(Stewart Strawbridge, Sanna P. Neilson)
  • HUNT BALL-Ire 
(Hunt Ball LLC, Elizabeth Voss)
  • ILLUSTRATION (Conrad Somers, same)
  • IMPERIAL WAY 
(Merriefield Farm, Elizabeth Voss)
  • JOSHUA G. 
(Armata Stables, Katherine S. Neilson)
  • JUST BARELY (William Meister, same)
  • MECKLENBURG 
(Rosbrian Farm, Tara Elmore)
  • MR TACK 
(Straylight Racing LLC, William Santoro)
  • OLD TIMER 
(Kinross Farm, Christopher Read)
  • RAVEN’S CHOICE 
(Ann Jackson, Todd J. Wyatt)
  • SAINT DYNAFORMER 
(Kinross Farm, Christopher Read)
  • SCHOOLHOUSE WOODS 
(Kinross Farm, Christopher Read)
  • SENIOR SENATOR 
(Irvin L. Crawford II, Joseph G. Davies)
  • SERENE HARBOR 
(Welcome Here Farm, Todd McKenna)
  • SKY COUNT 
(Daniel R. Baker, Mark Beecher)
  • SOVEREIGN FUND 
(Upland Partners, Todd McKenna)
  • SPENCER ROAD 
(Russell-Brewster-Tydings, Joseph G. Davies)
  • TERKO SERVICE (Frank A. Bonsal Jr, Ann D. Stewart)
WILDCATTER 
(Armata Stables, Elizabeth Voss)