A Day At The Races

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

September 24, 2006

Hundreds of people enjoyed the day at the Foxfield races for the 29th year of horse races and rides. Both a fall and springtime event, Sunday's atmosphere catered more towards families.

"All you have to do is look around and see every body's having a great time and it's a wonderful way to spend an afternoon and especially this event, it's so family friendly," Race Director Patrick Butterfield said.

For the kids, letting loose dozens of Jack Russell Terriers was a main event. But it's the stoic stallions that keep adults flocking to the fields year after year.

"The confirmation, and certainly the way they move and out here at this beautiful field, and the way they move across the track," Charlottesville Resident Sally Fields said.

Many people have made the semi-annual event a family tradition for years, others experienced the equestrian entertainment for the first time.

"It's a beautiful course, looks like a great party, and I'm about to see the first race, well actually the second race, but it's my first race," newcomer Barbara Bianco said.

Whether it's young or old, new to the scene or a veteran on the fields, the races continue to draw the masses. And after spending the day with the horses, some have already got a jump on their Christmas list.

"I'm forcing my mom to get one," 6-year-old Hannah said.

Organizers say preparations are already underway for next year's 30th anniversary celebration.

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