Fifty-thousand of the finest horses and tailgate hounds flocked to Great Meadow in Fauquier County this weekend for Virginia's legendary annual Gold Cup Steeplechase, now in its 85th year. As it does each year on the elite Member's Hill, the horse racing competes with the fabulous spectator side show.
Ladies in their Spring finery enjoy the the annual VA Gold Cup, held in VA the same day as the Kentucky Derby.
Fifty-thousand of the finest horses and tailgate hounds flocked to Great Meadow in Fauquier County Saturday for VA's legendary annual Gold Cup Steeplechase, now in its 85th year. After the races, spectators stay to watch the pre-game show to the Kentucky Derby.
Anthony Gaskins (in white), owner of The Hattery, outfitted many of the lovely ladies in his finest toppers.
Roxana Serbanescu and Stephen Whitman enjoy the day on Member's Hill.
One way too cool off in the 90+ degree heat.
Miss DC 2009 Jen Corey enjoys the 85th Anniversary of the legendary Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase with her boyfriend.
Amanda Deatherage and friend visit their tailgating friends.
Spectators at a theme tailgate enjoy specialty drinks to cool off during the hot day.
Horses racing during the Infinitive Steeplethon, the second race of the day.
A steeplechase just isn't as spectacular without homemade cherry pie.
The winners of the 2010 Tailgate Competition -- The Trainwrecks -- rock the theme "May Day is Lei Day."
Christine E. and friends celebrate a day in horse country.
Fifty-thousand friends gathered at Great Meadow to watch the annual Spring races.
Ladies compete in the annual hat competition and the chance to be the 2011 Race Cover Girl.