Cheshire Hunt Races

Sunday, March 27th, 2022

Cheshire Races

Dear Friends of the Cheshire Hunt Races,

We are thrilled to invite you to the 75th running of the Cheshire Hunt Races on Sunday, March 27th 2022! This years races, held in honor of Mrs. P.F.N. Fanning, will feature three NSA Sanctioned Races, including the Buttonwood Farm Maiden Timber, the Cheshire Bowl, and the Louis Neilson III Memorial Apprentice Timber!
We are also happy to announce that this year we are hosting a Cheshire Weekend! The weekend kicks off with an invitational co-ed ‘Mason-Dixon’ Hunt on Saturday, March 26th, a Cocktail Party/Live Auction Saturday evening and of course, finishes with the Cheshire Hunt Races on Sunday! This is a critical annual fundraiser for the Cheshire Hunt Conservancy, not to mention an exciting twist on a time-honored tradition.
Sunday’s Cheshire Hunt Races will also include pony races and a side saddle race. We invite you to join us in the Partners in Preservation Tent for food, drink, and fun throughout race day! Please see below for Race Day Sponsorship opportunities, parking map, and ticket information.

Saturday’s Mason-Dixon Hunt is open to all subscribers as well as guests, Cap Fee is $200 per guest.  We will depart from the Kennels at 11am.
Saturday Evening’s Cocktail Party will feature a silent-auction, live-auction, hors d’oeuvres, and bar. Cocktail Party will be generously hosted at Nancy and Crosby Woods’ Brooklawn from 5pm to 8pm. Tickets are $80 per person and $150 per couple.
For those who attend all three ‘Cheshire Weekend’ activities: Mason-Dixon Hunt, Cocktail Party, and Cheshire Hunt Races, we will be offering you a special surprise gift on race day!
We invite you to show your support through attendance and donations to make our Cheshire Hunt Races community weekend a great success.  

Contributions can be made by check to:
Cheshire Hunt Conservancy
Post Office Box 528
Unionville, PA 19375.

We look forward to seeing you all March 26th and 27th!

With many thanks,
Kathy, Sally, and Anna

Cheshire Hunt Races Sponsorship Opportunities and Ticket Information:

Race Day Sponsor - $5,000
Exclusive Reserved Parking, Partners in Preservation Picnic Basket on Race Day, recognition on NSA live stream
8 Tickets for Race Day
8 Tickets for Brooklawn Cocktail Party

Cheshire Hunt Sponsor - $2,500
Premium Reserved Parking, Partners in Preservation Picnic Basket on Race Day
6 Tickets for Race Day
6 Tickets for Brooklawn Cocktail Party

Fence Sponsor - $1,000
Official Reserved Parking
4 Tickets Race Day

Finish Line Parking - $250
Reserved Parking
4 Tickets Race Day

General Admission - $50
Field Parking
1 Ticket Race Day

Note that all tickets include entrance to the Partners in Preservation Party Tent
Generously Sponsored by the Brandywine Conservancy!

Race Parking

Cocktail Party Tickets
$80 per person
$150 per couple

Cocktail Party

Please see below contacts for more information or to get involved!

General Race Information & Ticket Reservations: Cheshire Hunt Secretary Kelley Ford at

Race Director: Kathy Neilson at / (484) 883-8094




The Cheshire Hunt Races are held on Sunday, March 27th, 2022 at the Plantation Field course, just off Route 82 outside Unionville.

Brief History of the Cheshire Races

Mr. Stewarts Cheshire Foxhounds was founded in 1914 by Plunket Stewart, the stepfather of Nancy Penn Smith Hannum, who made her joint master with him in 1945. In 1946, after the war, they started the races because it was fun. Back then, the event consisted of just three races: a ladies race, a heavyweight race and the open race for the Cheshire Bowl. This was a race people pointed to because the big prize in timber racing is to win the Maryland Hunt Cup and the Cheshire Bowl was the kind of course with the kind of fences that would help to get a horse ready.

Please Note

All government Covid-19 protocols will be followed, if you wish to participate in this exciting event, please respect your friends and neighbors by being fully vaccinated, or by wearing a mask and social distancing.