Off to the races at Winterthur

Archive photo of George "Frolic" Weymouth driving carriage

Entering its fifth decade as the Brandywine Valley’s premier springtime event, Point-to-Point at Winterthur will return May 5 with all the steeplechase racing action and pageantry that have made it a much-beloved tradition. Pack a picnic lunch, dress your best, and don your finest hats for a day of fun. Tailgate spaces and admission wristbands are on sale through May 4, 2019.

Enjoy the spectacle and thundering hooves of professional steeplechase races over a 3.2-mile course with eight fences that are jumped by each horse and rider 17 thrilling times for a total $71,000 in purses. Marvel at one of the largest processions of antique horse-drawn carriages in the country during the George A. “Frolic” Weymouth Carriage Parade. Admire an impressive display of historic Rolls Royce and Bentley automobiles. Shop the Marketplace for fabulous fashions, as well as canine and equine finds. And visit the Winterthur Hunt, where kids can enjoy stick horse races, pony rides, canine friendly activities for the pups, and much more.

“Point-to-Point is not just an annual event—it’s a lifestyle. Generations of families use the day to regroup and rejoin each other in a one-of-a-kind setting,” said Jill S. Abbott, race director. “The grounds are filled with excitement, whether it's watching horses jump at 30 mph or the surprise of running into old friends. When you attend Point-to-Point, it’s guaranteed you will create memories for a lifetime.”

Wear the best hat to match your finest ensemble. Expert secret fashion spotters will comb the crowd in search of the best dressed. The winner will receive a $500 hat from Christine A. Moore Milliner, New York, and a $500 shopping spree from the Wilmington Country Store.

Get a taste of membership at the DuPont Country Club Experience Tent. Enjoy complimentary samples from the chef ’s menu. Golf, tennis, and fitness professionals from the club will be available to answer all of your questions. While you visit, take your shot at some of the new technology coming to the club as part of its extensive renovation plan.

See Winterthur’s interactive map online at ptptailgate2019.com and on the PTP Winterthur app to choose and purchase your perfect tailgate parking and tent spaces. Visit winterthur.org/ptp or call 800.448.3883 for more information.

Purchase general admission wristbands on-site at Winterthur, online at winterthur.org/ptp until April 26, by phone at 800.448.3883, or at satellite sales outlets listed online. Prices are $40 for adults, $20 for spectators under 21, and free for children under 12. Pre-order your tailgate picnic lunch online or call 302.888.4855. Admission is discounted for Winterthur Members for advance sales only. No wristbands or tailgate credentials will be mailed after April 26. All parking and admission must be purchased by Saturday, May 4, 2019. There is no will call. No reservations will be processed without payment.

Tailgate parking spaces start at $250 and include four adult tailgate wristbands. Additional tailgate wristbands are available for purchase. Prices are $50 for adults, $30 for spectators under 21, and free for children under 12.

Parking is free for wristband holders. Shorten your walk by purchasing premium parking in limited quantities. Premium parking costs $15–$25.

 Schedule Highlights

 10:30 am

  • Race Raffle begins: Place a $5 wager to win special prizes. Sponsored by
  • Marketplace, Winterthur Hunt, Canine Capers
  • Antique Automotive Display begins: Enjoy Rolls-Royces and Bentleys from the Keystone Region Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club, sponsored by WSFS Wealth.

11:45 am Delaware State Police Pipe Band

12:00 pm Alison Hershbell Pony Races, Parade of River Hills Foxhounds

1:00 pm George A. “Frolic” Weymouth Parade of Antique Carriages

1:50 pm National Anthem

2:00 pm Races begin

2:00 pm Isabella du Pont Sharp Memorial Timber Race—$20,000 purse

2:30 pm Winterthur Bowl—$41,000 purse

3:00 pm Vicmead Plate Amateur Highweight Timber Race—$10,000 purse

3:30 pm Middletown Cup Open Flat Race

3:45 pm Presentation of the Greta Brown Layton Trophy

Proceeds from Point-to-Point support the continued maintenance and preservation of the garden and estate at Winterthur.

Point-to-Point is a rain-or-shine event. No refunds.

Winterthur, located on Route 52, six miles northwest of Wilmington, Delaware, and five miles south of U.S. Route 1.

 

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