Cheshire Races

The 77th Running of The Cheshire Races
Sunday, March 31st, 2024
Plantation Field, Route 82, Unionville, PA.

Join us for the 77th Running of the Cheshire Races! This annual community tradition will be held at Plantation Field in the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania. Join us to celebrate Open Space and experience the adrenaline rush of timber racing. Whether you're a horse enthusiast or just looking for a fun day out, this event is perfect for everyone. The event runs rain or shine, so dress appropriately!

This year's Person of Honor is the legendary trainer, Jonathan Sheppard. We will be marking his achievements throughout our Cheshire Weekend. Saturday evening kicks off the festivities with the Cheshire Races Cocktail Party & Live Auction, held at Ben Barnett and Missy Shaffer's stunning Laurel Hill Farm. Sunday will be an action-packed Race Day, with a full card of Pony Races, including the crowd-favorite Leadline Race, a parade of Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds, 3 NSA Sanctioned Timber Races, a Side-Saddle Race, and more! 

We have a variety of Sponsorship and Tailgating/Entry options, from General Admission up to Title Sponsorships, so contact us to get involved!

General Admission is $50/person or you can reserve a group tailgating spot with friends.  For our popular tailgating packages, we are excited this year to offer the all-new Cheshire Crest, along the west end of the hillside with great views of the course. Don't delay in reserving your spot today!

All attendees have access to the Partners in Preservation hospitality tent, including catered lunch, generously hosted by the Brandywine Conservancy.

Mark your calendars and Purchase Your Tickets Below for an unforgettable day at the 2024 Cheshire Races!       


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.

Cocktail Party Sponsor: Brown Advisory, LLC.

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, Mr. & Mrs. R. Dixon Thayer.

NSA/EMS Sponsors: Mr. William Wylie.

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!