Virginia Gold Cup

The legendary annual Virginia Gold Cup steeplechasing classic, now run before a sellout crowd of over 50,000 people, comes from much simpler beginnings.

Steeplechasing in Virginia has been a way of life since early Colonial times when the horse was the primary way of transportation, farming and war. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson met in sporting competition over fences.

Today, the International Gold Cup presented by Porsche attracts 35,000 spectators and features the Fegentri World Cup of Nation’s where the top international amateur jockeys vying for the series title.

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Photography by Shilpa Ahlawat

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