The Legendary International Gold Cup

A Time-Honored Virginia Tradition

Virginia has a rich heritage of steeplechase racing and equestrian events, with many of the country’s most eagerly anticipated annual races taking place at the esteemed Great Meadow Foundation right here in Warrenton, VA. As the permanent home of the Virginia World Cup, which takes place each spring, and the International World Cup, taking place every autumn, Great Meadow is an equestrian destination like no other.

Encompassing thousands of acres of majestic rolling hills, wooded forests, and a central course, Great Meadow is one of the most impressive settings for steeplechase in the country. Experience an exciting and convivial atmosphere complete with tailgating, wagering, hat contests, and more classic race day traditions. Show off your finest race day fashions, enjoy a mint julep, and cheer on the competitors for a total of eight races throughout the day.

Off to the Races!

Located less than a ten minute drive away, Airlie is ideally located for guests attending races and events at Great Meadow. Our Off to the Races Package is specifically designed for visitors attending the races, and includes a one-night stay, deluxe Southern breakfast, a picnic for the races, and complimentary stadium chair. Click here to learn more.

Twilight Polo 2015

Twilight Polo runs from May through September. Opening night is May 9. 

The 2015 Viginia Gold Cup

The Virginia Gold Cup will take place on Saturday, May 2. 

The 2015 International Gold Cup

The International Gold Cup will take place on Saturday, October 24. A day at the races is a family-friendly activity for equestrian enthusiasts of all ages. We highly recommend visiting the Virginia Gold Cup Races Website for full details on parking passes, tailgating options, and other information that will help you plan a lively and memorable day!