Hedley named new director for Willowdale Steeplechase

Elizabeth Hedley Race Chairman W. B. Dixon Stroud, Jr., and the Board of Directors of the Willowdale Steeplechase welcome Elizabeth Hedley as their new Executive Director. Elizabeth replaces retiring Race Director Leslie (White) Carpenter who served for a total of almost 10 years. During her tenure, the Willowdale Steeplechase has developed into a world class steeplechase event and contributions from...

What To Do: Fountains at Longwood, Willowdale Steeplechase and so much more for Mothers’ Day

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Longwood Gardens There are many annual events that are eagerly anticipated by visitors to Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, www.longwoodgardens.org) such as the Christmas display, the “Orchid Extravaganza” and the just-concluded “Spring Blooms.” But the one that attracts visitors more than any other is the annual “Festival of Fountains.” The...

Neilson named to Willowdale Steeplechase board

Katherine S. Neilson Race Chairman W. B. Dixon Stroud, Jr., Race Director Leslie Carpenter and the Board of Directors of the Willowdale Steeplechase welcome award- winning steeplechase trainer Katherine S. Neilson to the board. “We’re privileged to have Kathy join the Willowdale board”, said Stroud.  “Her knowledge, insights and incredible talent will help us continue to bring the best of...

Willowdale Steeplechase to return, May 8

Plans for the 28th running of the Willowdale Steeplechase are moving forward! The races will run on Saturday, May 8, 2021 as the kick-off to Mother’s Day weekend. “We are grateful to the supporters who helped us survive the losses brought on by the pandemic – and to be able to run the races this spring! “said Race Director Leslie Carpenter. “The safety and well-being of our spectators,...

Wolf orders Chesco to ‘Stay At Home”; local cases spike to 30

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Gov. Tom Wolf issued a “stay at home” order for six counties, including Chester County, as cases of COVID-19 spiked locally and across the state, including six deaths across the state. Wolf announced the order Monday afternoon, which will be effective Monday night at 8pm. “Today, I’m issuing a Stay at Home order for Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe,...

Longwood Gardens, Willowdale Steeplechase team up for special Mothers Day package

Action from the Willowdale Steeplechase can now be combined with time at Longwood Gardens. File photo. EAST MARLBOROUGH — Longwood Gardens, one of the great gardens of the world, together with one of the region’s finest horse racing events, the Willowdale Steeplechase, invites visitors to spend Mother’s Day weekend in the charming bucolic countryside of the Brandywine Valley, Chester County,...

Changes in store for 2019 Willowdale Steeplechase

A few changes are in store for this year’s running of the Willowdale Steeplechase. The 27th Running of The Willowdale Steeplechase presented by the 24th Fund will take place on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, 2019.  This Chester County tradition is a spectacular rite of spring and a traditional Mother’s Day event for people throughout the Brandywine Valley and beyond.   ...

What To Do: The Willowdale Steeplechase is Sunday

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Without question, the Brandywine Valley is known for being horse country. It has established its reputation as an area known for staging top-flight equestrian events. The 2018 equestrian season had its unofficial start last weekend with a big annual point-to-point event in Delaware.    Send article as PDF    ...

Willowdale Steeplechase course walk on May 11

Willowdale Steeplechase Race Chairman Dixon Stroud and steeplechase jockey and trainer Ivan Dowling will once again host an entertaining and educational walk of the Willowdale Steeplechase race course on Friday, May 11, 2018.  Anyone who would like to attend should meet at the Tower on the race course just before 5:00 pm.  Enter through Gate 4 on Route 82. This will be an up close look at the fences...

Willowdale Steeplechase tweaks lineup for 2018

EAST MARLBOROUGH — The 26th Running of The Willowdale Steeplechase on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13 has some new excitement to offer this year! The Chester County tradition is a spectacular rite of spring and a traditional Mother’s Day event for people throughout the Brandywine Valley and beyond.     Send article as PDF