The promotional video for the Middleburg Spring Races, a steeplechase in Virginia:
From the “What to Wear” section: “Country Chic Attire – Stylish, But Comfortable!”
“Ladies – your feet are going to be walking all over a farm like setting while you visit with friends, see the horses in the paddock and shop for all sorts of fun hats and accessories. Flat and comfortable shoes are the order of the day. You will see everything from jeans and tweed to dresses, but, you’re not going to the Kentucky derby. Hats are always in order and it is a good idea to bring along a few items for layering—the races run sun, rain or snow!
“Gentlemen – Most men will be in sport coats and ties. Hats are always a good idea as are comfortable shoes and a bit of layering depending on the weather. Binoculars are excellent as well!”
Indeed, bring those binoculars so you can see things like this – from the 2021 edition held this past Saturday – up close and personal: “Georgie Hyphen was pulled up after the 4th fence with a fractured left radial. He was euthanized on the course.”
The final comments from the stewards: “The course was in excellent condition and the weather was perfect.”
Yes, a good time was had by all – except, of course, the dead horse. Vile. Simply vile.