Skip to main content

Winning weather for Willowdale

05/14/2014 01:46PM, Published by ACL, Categories: In Print

About half way through the three-mile Maiden Timber race. At the finish line, the horse running fourth in this photo was the winner and none of the other horses pictured finished in the top four.

Gallery: Willowdale Steeplechase 2014 [9 Images] Click any image to expand.

By Nancy Johnson


As might be expected for a race that is traditionally held on Mother's Day, there has been hot 

Image title

weather, cold weather, windy weather, rainy weather and nice weather for the annual Willowdale Steeplechase. It is doubtful that in the 22-year history of the race that there has ever a race day more glorious than the one this past Sunday.

Image title

Families flocked to Dixon Stroud’s racecourse that was designed with the spectator in mind. Unlike many steeplechase race meets, Willowdale’s course across the typical Unionville rolling countryside is almost completely visible from the hillside. Seasoned race-goers and casual spectators alike love that they can watch all the action from one spot and never have to leave their tailgate parties to do so.

Once again, Willowdale offered attendees a great way to spend Mother’s Day—watching beautiful horses, enjoying tailgate party food made by the specially selected vendors, and perusing unique shops. What makes the race even better is knowing that the beneficiaries of the event, Stroud Water Research Center, Quest Therapeutic Services, Inc. and New Bolton Center, are all local, well-deserving organizations that do so much for the local community.

unionville willowdale steeplechase willowdale steeplechase 2014

You might also like

Festival of flight

The Chester County Balloon Festival returns for its eighth year on June 13 and 14

New president named for Unionville Fair

Danielle Chamberlain named new president of the Unionville Community Fair.

Building demolition sparks resident complaints in East Marlborough

Residence said that the demolition of the garage violates the township's historic structure ordinance.

  • Flying Colors Fine Artists Show and Sale

    10:00am — 05:00pm

    Flying Colors will host its Annual Art Show and Sale from October 24 to October 26, 2014 at The M...

  • Taste Kennett Food Tours

    01:00pm — 04:00pm

    Taste Kennett Food Tours, creators of memorable, unique and fun food experiences, offer three-hou...


    03:00pm — 05:00pm

    THE NEWARK SYMPHONY PRESENTS “Fall in Italy” Simeone Tartaglione, Music Director Sunday, Octobe...

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Boo at the Zoo 2013 (All Ages)

    05:00pm — 07:30pm

    Trick-or-Treat at the Brandywine Zoo! Celebrate Halloween Brandywine Zoo-style with this merry, n...

  • Hike Across Delaware

    09:00am — 02:00pm

    Hike Across Delaware will happen on Saturday, November 1. This 14 mile hike follows the C&D cana...

  • Zoo Yoga: OM’ing Otters

    09:15am — 10:15am

    (Ages 4-7 years old) Weekly Saturdays or Sundays, September-November (Classes held in the Educati...

  • Boo at the Zoo 2013 (All Ages)

    05:00pm — 07:30pm

    Trick-or-Treat at the Brandywine Zoo! Celebrate Halloween Brandywine Zoo-style with this merry, n...

Chester County High School Sports