Steeplechase Events

Maryland’s steeplechase tradition is the perfect excuse to tailgate and horse around.

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The Maryland Hunt Cup
The Maryland Hunt Cup
Photo By: Katherine O. Rizzo
The Maryland Hunt Cup, a steeplechase race run on the last Saturday in April, has become a popular spectator event. Tailgating is a favorite way to watch the race.
The Maryland Hunt Cup, a steeplechase race run on the last Saturday in April, has become a popular spectator event. Tailgating is a favorite way to watch the race.
Photo By: Katherine O. Rizzo

Steeplechase races over timber is a Maryland tradition that goes back some 100-plus years. Few sports can boast the tradition of family participation which characterize these races.

Originating in the United Kingdom as a cross-country race from church steeple to church steeple, Maryland has enjoyed this exciting sport for more than 100 years. Expect plenty of tailgating!

Where to See Steeplechase Races

The Fair Hill Races have been held on the 5,600-acre former estate of William duPont Jr. since 1934.

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