Golden mo­ments for horses, jock­eys and fancy hats

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WEATHER -

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT: Mick­a­lyn Valen­tine, right, gath­ers with other women for the hat con­test dur­ing the 92nd an­nual Vir­ginia Gold Cup Races at Great Meadow in The Plains. De­spite the rainy weather, sev­eral peo­ple en­joy drinks at the re­gion’s premier horse steeple­chase event. A man watches from above as the horses are in­tro­duced be­fore the Sec­re­tariat Stakes. Other ac­tiv­i­ties at the hunt coun­try tra­di­tion in­cluded pony races and Jack Rus­sell ter­rier races.

PHOTOS BY MATT MCCLAIN/THE WASHINGTON POST

To see more pic­tures, go to wapo.st/2017­gold­cup.

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