Fair Hill Point-to-Point celebrates fifth year
— 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
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.”
Racers head toward the finish line during the Junior Field Master’s Chase on Sunday.
A rider heads toward the finish line in the Large Pony Race.