Fair Hill Point-to-Point cel­e­brates fifth year

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— For the fifth year in a row, horse rac­ing fans from near and far flocked to the run­ning of the Fair Hill Point-to-Point.

The event is part of the Delaware Point-to-Point Se­ries and fea­tured a num­ber of dif­fer­ent races in­clud­ing pony races, field master’s chase, flat, open, novice, fox hunter’s race and the newly added ladies’ race. Out­side of the horse rac­ing, the fam­ily-friendly event also in­cluded a clas­sic car show, horse and car­riage pa­rade, live mu­sic, ven­dors and raf­fles.

All pro­ceeds from the event ben­e­fit the Fair Hill Na­ture Cen­ter, a non­profit that teaches en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship to the com­mu­nity through pro­grams and events, many aimed at stu­dents.

Many spec­ta­tors at the Point-to-Point took ad­van­tage of the good weather

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and set up tail­gates in front of the race track. One of those tail­gates be­longed to sis­ters Mar­i­lyn Mitchell and Gail Sellers, who drove down from Covert Farms in Not­ting­ham, Pa., for the Point-to-Point.

The two came to Fair Hill to spend time with fam­ily. Mitchell’s grand­daugh­ter Priscilla God­soe was the field master for a few of the races. The group doesn’t usu­ally tail­gate, God­soe said, but made an ex­cep­tion on Sun­day be­cause one of their fam­ily mem­bers had a birth­day and an­other group was head­ing back home af­ter an ex­tend- ed visit.

“It’s a big cel­e­bra­tion,” God­soe said.

Though horse rac­ing is a bit of a fam­ily tra­di­tion, Sellers, who owned an an­tique shop for many years, said she’s the ex­cep­tion.

“I’m the in­door girl and those are the out­door girls,” Sellers said with a laugh. “But I do love an­i­mals and I do love be­ing with my fam­ily.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

Rac­ers head to­ward the fin­ish line dur­ing the Ju­nior Field Master’s Chase on Sun­day.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

A rider heads to­ward the fin­ish line in the Large Pony Race.

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