Plenty of family fun at Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point
By J. Chambless
The 77th Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point will be held
on Sunday, April 7, at the Myrick Conservation Center in Pocopson Township.
This annual event is an opportunity to see steeplechase racing at its finest over a 318-acre property, including as many as 17 jumps. In addition to the chance to watch the horses and riders traverse the course, there are plenty of activities for children.
The gates open at 11 a.m., and the races begin at noon, along with a host of children’s events. There will be Pennies in the Hay, during which the kids are invited to scour a stack of hay for coins. There will also be an opportunity to express their creativity with mural painting. For kids who are eager to memorialize their visit to the point-to-point, there is a photo booth where they and their friends can take shots with their phones or cameras. Also included in the offerings are Lenape Lore and Ponyless Steeplechase.
Perhaps the most popular youth events are the lead line and stick pony races. Children as young as 3 years old are invited to race to a finish line while riding their own stick ponies. For those who want to ride, the lead line pony races begin at 1:15 p.m. The children mount their ponies, and the parents lead them along a short course for the prize.
Shortly after the youth races comes the Radnor Hunt foxhound parade. Children who attend the races will also be pleased to see small, medium and large pony races.
The races begin at noon with the Field Master Chase. It is followed by the children’s races, with the adult Ladies Race resuming at 1:45 after the parade of hounds. The Heavyweight race is at 2:15 p.m.; the Novice Race is at 2:45 p.m.; the Open Race is at 3:15 p.m.; and the Owner-Rider Foxhunter’s Race closing out the day at 3:45.
Visitors are invited to purchase $10 raffle tickets for chances on prizes that range from artwork and restaurant meals to tickets for other horse events, including Devon Horse Show box seats.
The Brandywine Hills Point to Point races are sponsored by the Radnor Hunt. Food is available for purchase. The Myrick Conservation Center is in Pocopson Township along Route 842, six miles west of West Chester and three miles east of Unionville. General admission parking is $20.