Cheshire Races

The 77th Running of The Cheshire Races was a great success! See you in 2025!!

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Venue Sponsor: Mr. Cuyler Walker

Race Day Sponsors: Samuel Slater and Eleanor Forbes, Joy Slater, Finally Farm, Michael and Anne Moran, Ashwell Stable, Carol Fanning Young, FlyAdvanced, BNYMellon, Selkirk Partners, Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation, Quarry View Building Group, National Steeplechase Association.

Cocktail Party Sponsor: Brown Advisory, LLC., Quarry View Building Group, Michael & Katherine Bucklin

Race Sponsors: Cadwalader & Associates, Inc., National Bank of Malvern, Laurel Hill Farm, Mrs. Wendy Hendriks, C.J. and Sarah Martin, Don Cochran, Lamplight Farm.

Hospitality Tent Sponsor: Brandywine Conservancy.

Fence Sponsors: The Hain Family, Archer & Buchanan Architecture, JD Mushrooms, Mr. & Mrs. R. Dixon Thayer, Phoebe Driscoll, Mr. Charles Coyne, Zack's Automotive Services

NSA/EMS Sponsors: Tapeta Footings, Mr. William Wylie, Windurra USA

Volunteer Food Sponsor: Landhope Farms. 

View photos of each year's races by Official Race Photographer Jim Graham

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. Trainers aimed for the Cheshire Bowl as it was a challenging course that would help to get horses ready for the ultimate prize in timber racing, the Maryland Hunt Cup.

Today the Cheshire Races offer a full day's race card including pony races, flat races, timber races and sidesaddle races.  Held in late March, these races signify the start of the race season in the Mid-Atlantic!