On Saturday, April 16th, the My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase Races, one of Maryland’s oldest and most competitive days of timber racing, will be run for the benefit of Ladew Topiary Gardens. Since 1909, this exciting day of equestrian sport has marked the beginning of Spring in the Harford County countryside! The afternoon includes 4 steeplechase races: The My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase Race with a $30,000 purse (and the first of Maryland’s Steeplechase Triple Crown), The John Rush Streett Memorial (two divisions $15,000 purse in each), and The John D. Schapiro Memorial ($15,000 purse). The day is presented by PNC.
In addition to the races, guests will enjoy live bluegrass music, food vendors and horse-themed merchandise tents and exhibits. The paddock, where horses are paraded before the jockeys are mounted, is open to the public. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. The first race is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. This is a rain or shine event.
The My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase Races are held on Jarrettsville Pike (MD 146) at Pocock Road in Monkton, Maryland. Admission is via parking passes; no additional admission ticket is required to the races. General parking passes purchased in advance are $40 ($50 at the gate); Family parking is $60 ($70 at the gate). All parking passes — including preferred parking on the race course ($150 & up) and admission to the Champagne Reception for the 2016 My Lady’s Manor Race winner, can be purchased through www.LadewGardens.com. General and Family parking passes are also available at Dogwood Tack, Hess Country Spirits, and Wine Merchant. Guests may bring picnics and coolers. No unleashed dogs, please.
Directions to My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase Races: Jarrettsville Pike (MD 146) at Pocock Road in Monkton, MD—from the south: 13.8 miles north of I-695, exit 27B. From the north: I-95 to exit 74 (MD 152) northwest to the end to left on MD 146.
Ladew Topiary Gardens has been named “One of the Top 5 Gardens in North America;” deemed “the most outstanding topiary garden in America” by the Garden Club of America; and featured as one of “10 Incredible Topiary Gardens Around the World” by Architectural Digest. Ladew is located on Jarrettsville Pike (MD 146), 14 miles north of the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), exit 27B (Dulaney Valley Road North). For more information, please call 410.557.9570 or visit www.ladewgardens.com. Ladew Topiary Gardens is a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is “to maintain and promote the gardens, house and facilities in keeping with the creative spirit of Harvey S. Ladew for the public benefit and for educational, scientific and cultural pursuits. Both House and Gardens are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.