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Pony Races at Winterthur Point-to-Point to Honor Alison Hershbell

Winterthur, DE April 9, 2007—Winterthur will honor the memory of jockey Alison Hershbell by renaming its pony races, which allow riders under the age of 16 to compete in two events at Point-to-Point.

The Alison Hershbell Pony Races at the Winterthur Point-to-Point will be run at noon in two races, kicking off the May 6 race day events. The first race is for small ponies under 13 hands, and covers a length of about four furlongs. The second is for ponies from 13 to 14.2 hands, and covers about six furlongs. Riders for both races must be under age 16 as of January 1, 2007.

Alison Hershbell, who competed at Point-to-Point from age 7 to 16, passed away at age 30 earlier this year. She began riding at age 2, and, at age 7, participated in fox hunting and point-to-point racing throughout the area. She went on to realize her life-long dream and became a professional jockey, beginning her career at Delaware Park in early 1994. She raced for more than 11 years, and won more than 550 races throughout the United States, with rides at some of racing’s biggest venues. Hershbell retired from racing in late 2004, having been the leading female rider at Delaware Park for many years.

This year, young riders from Work to Ride will again participate in the pony races. Work to Ride is a non-profit organization, community-based prevention program that aids disadvantaged urban youth though constructive activities centered on horsemanship, equine sports and education. Last year, 11-year-old Daymar Rosser, a Work to Ride jockey from Philadelphia, won the small pony race.

Winterthur Pony Races

The 29th running of the Winterthur Point-to-Point takes place rain or shine. The annual event also features steeplechase races, an antique carriage parade, and other activities, with proceeds benefiting educational programming at Winterthur year-round.

Gates open at 9:30 a.m., rain or shine. Wristbands are available by advance sale only ($25, adults; $15, ages 12–20; and $5, ages 5–11; children under five are admitted free but must have a wristband). They may be purchased in person at Winterthur, online at http://www.winterthur.org, and at any Delaware ShopRite supermarket (Concord, Newark, and Stanton). Wristbands may also be purchased at the restaurant partners: Centreville Café; Harry’s Seafood Grill; Iron Hill Brewery (Newark, West Chester, and Wilmington); Kelly’s Logan House; Mikimoto’s Asian Grill & Sushi Bar; Presto!; and The Whip Restaurant (Coatesville, Pennsylvania).

Point-to-Point sponsors include The Care of Trees; Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association; Friess Associates, LLC; Glenmede Trust Company; NKS Distributors, Inc; Jean Ellen Shehan; Reflective Learning; Valero Delaware City Refineries; Wilmington Area Toyota Dealers; Weymouth and Smith Insurance, Inc.; and WSFS Bank.

Winterthur Museum & Country Estate—known worldwide for its preeminent collection of American antiques, naturalistic garden, and research library for the study of American art and material culture—offers a variety of tours, exhibitions, programs, and activities throughout the year. Winterthur has been named one of the country’s “10 great places of historic proportions” by USA Today; “one of the 10 grandest mansions in America” by Budget Travel; and one of the “10 best art museums for kids” by Child magazine.

The “Winterthur Experience” ($20 for adults; $18 for students and seniors; $10 for ages 2–11) includes one guided Discovery Tour of the mansion or garden as well as access to the Galleries, special exhibitions, the garden, a narrated tram tour (weather permitting), the Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens, and Enchanted Woods (the children’s garden). Additional tours may be added for $5; tickets are valid for two consecutive days. A Garden & Galleries Pass for self-guided tours is also available ($15 for adults; $13 for students and seniors; $5 for ages 2–11).

Museum hours are 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday–Sunday. Winterthur, located on Route 52, six miles northwest of Wilmington, Delaware, and five miles south of U.S. Route 1, is closed Mondays (except holidays and during Yuletide), Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. Winterthur is committed to accessible programming for all. For information, including special services, call 800.448.3883, 302.888.4600, or TTY 302.888.4907. Online, visit http://www.winterthur.org.

 

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