Horse going over a jump

History

Steeplechase racing is a form of horseracing that originated in Ireland in the eighteenth century and spread rapidly to England and to the United States thereafter. In a time when church steeples were often the highest landmark in a neighborhood, racing from an agreed-upon starting point to the church over whatever lay in between – ditches, fallen timber, and the like – was an exciting form of racing. Nowadays, steeplechase races are conducted on regular racecourses and generally vary in length between two and four miles.

Horse going over a jump

Above and top photo: Chris Weber

The first running of the Potomac Hunt Races took place in 1952, and has been an annual tradition ever since. Each year, the Potomac Hunt partners with a charity which benefits from the proceeds of the races.