Since 1979, Point-to-Point at Winterthur has been one of the most anticipated events of the spring. Steeplechase racing action, a parade of antique carriages, lavish tailgate parties and family fun have made it a tradition that cannot be missed. The event is held annually each May on the course here at Winterthur.
In 1978, Winterthur Trustee Greta Layton was looking for a way to increase Winterthur’s visibility within the Delaware Community. Fellow trustee, Julian Boyd suggested a steeplechase. Given the popularity of horses and horse racing within the region, it was a perfect fit. Originally riders won silver trophies that were inspired by the silver in the Winterthur Collection. In 2006, Winterthur was able to offer cash prizes and Point-to-Point became officially sanctioned by the National Steeplechase Association.
Along with the race, other traditions captivate Point-to-Point guests, such as the carriage parade. In 1979, Frolic Weymouth, along with several of his friends began the procession of antique horse-drawn carriages complete with period garb. This procession is now the largest event of its kind nationwide.
Point-to-Point continues to grow each year. The proceeds from the event benefit the educational programming at Winterthur.