History

"Program of the first Maryland Hunt Cup, won by Johnny Miller owned and ridden by John McHenry.
Program of the first Maryland Hunt Cup,
won by Johnny Miller owned and ridden by John McHenry.

In 1894, the members of the Elkridge Fox Hunting Club challenged the members of Green Spring Valley Hunt Club to a timber race: the first Maryland Hunt Cup. The race organizers wanted the race to be run over natural hunting country; ridden by amateurs; and have no commercial activity.

In 1922, Worthington Valley became the permanent home of the four mile, twenty-two fence racecourse. Since then, the size and spectacle of the race has grown as fans bring their friends and families for an afternoon of tailgating and picnicking on the hillside that overlooks the racecourse. Join the crowd of spectators as they stand on the same place that their grandparents did and watch as the top equine athletes compete for the Maryland Hunt Cup.

If you are interested in learning more about the Maryland Hunt Cup, visit the Books and Video page to purchase a history of this great race.

Past winners of the Maryland Hunt Cup

News Archive:

Maryland Hunt Cup 2021 Program

Maryland Hunt Cup Post Time 2020 – Gone Away! Click Here.

2020 Running of the Maryland Hunt Cup, written and narrated by Joe Davies Credit: TGSF Click Here

“I Remember…The First Maryland Hunt Cup”  by George Brown, Jr. Read More.

Acquisition of New Challenge Cup Announced   Read more.

Maryland Hunt Cup Centennial Video 1994 narrated by Jim McKay from the Maryland Historical Society. Click Here

Watch Senior Senator win his third Maryland Hunt Cup in great drone footage here

April 29, 2019 first page of NSA’s Monday Report, He did it!

Senior Senator captures 123rd Running of Maryland Hunt Cup: Official race chart and NSA coverage

The Maryland Hunt Cup Celebrating 125 Years book signing

Winning Hunt Cup trainer Tom Voss receives racing’s highest honor. Read more.

To view the 60 Minutes feature on timber racing from April 8, 2017, click here. And don’t miss the 60 Minutes Overtime section on  Michelle St. John, the Maryland native and 60 Minutes producer and horse expert.

Did you miss it? A segment on Maryland Hunt Cup on Maryland Farm and Harvest aired December 15 on MPT. It is posted in full on line here.