Among other things, the Montpelier Hunt Races (steeplechase) in Virginia offers:
“Jack Russell Terrier Races”!
“Stick Horse Races for children 2-11”!
“Tailgate Contest – Great prizes and lots of fun!”
“Hat Contest – Always a big hit, judged on elegance, or best race theme, even a group prize!”
But, the organizers remind, “Excessive drinking and offensive language are not tolerated.”
That’s right, no excessive drinking or offensive language. Animal cruelty and animal killing? No problem!
Yesterday, 7-year-old Song for Someone “won” the 7th race at Montpelier, but then, the chart notes, he was “vanned off.” In truth, he never made it off the track alive. This from National Steeplechase Association safety chairman Dr. Reynolds Cowles: “I was on him quickly and we started cooling him, but within 30 seconds it was apparent he was expiring and died very quickly.”
I’m out of words.