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Club (England). He was president of the Four-in-Hand Club, founder of the Vicmead Coaching Club, and past Chairman of the Board of the Brandywine Polo Club. Weymouth passed away in 2016, marking the first time in 38 years that the procession’s founder did not lead the way. Point-to-Point is the second largest professional sporting event in Delaware and is sanctioned by the National Steeplechase Association. Prize purses for the three hurdle races go up to $25,000. In 2013, Top Events USA, which identifies the most popular events around the country, named Point-to-Point as one of the best events in the nation. In addition to the carriages, antique Rolls-Royces and Bentleys are on view along with a range of attractions including shopping, food and a host of activities to engage and entertain kids including the Winter- thur Hunt. Point-to-Point is Winterthur’s largest annual fundraiser and benefits the maintenance and preservation of the Winterthur Garden and estate. For additional information, call 800.448.3883 or 302.888.4994, or visit Radnor Hunt Races As the weather warms, many area residents begin preparing for the tradition of tailgating and tent parties at the 87th Radnor Hunt Races in Malvern, held each year in mid-May. This is considered one of the nation’s top-rated meets, attracting the best horses, riders and trainers in the country, along with 20,000 spectators enjoying a day in the countryside. In addition to six thrilling jump races, the Radnor Hunt Races feature a full day of events including a spectacular antique carriage parade, the much-loved parade of foxhounds, a sensational tailgate picnic competition, a chapeau contest for ladies and children, and prizes to the gentlemen with the best-themed ties. The races take place rain or shine, and having your own tent is a plus. “Tents provide shade on a sunny day and shelter from the rain if the clouds roll in,” says Carol Griffin, Radnor Hunt Races coordinator. “Just choose the location you like on the rail and a tent to fit your party.” In addition to these entertaining options, spectators may choose to reserve box seats or a tailgating spot. Admission to the event is sold in advance. For 2017, the tailgate picnic competition theme is “Frolic Along the Brandywine,” honoring the Brandywine Conservancy’s founder, George A. “Frolic” Weymouth, who died in 2016. Weymouth’s four-in-hand antique carriage led the carriage parade at the races each year. Entrants create elaborate picnics around the theme, using food, flowers, costumes and props. Judges—local chefs and celebrities—will award prizes to individual and group tailgates. For 38 years, the Brandywine Conservancy has been the sole beneficiary of the Radnor Hunt Races. Funds raised provide support for the conservancy’s vital efforts to protect open space and water resources in southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. To date, more than 63,000 acres are permanently protected, including the Radnor Hunt race course itself and surround ̸)ȁѥɵѥ́ȁ٥ͥ )ܹɅɡչɅ̹ɜ)A٥ɕMյȀ܁̹