Foxfield Races

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The Foxfield Races are an annual horse steeplechase race held on the Foxfield course on Garth Road in Albemarle County. The event began in 1978. [1]

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Public safety

To contend with the large numbers of intoxicated attendees, Albemarle County sets up a temporary magistrate's office to process the many arrests. In April 2013, 38 arrests were made and 61 traffic citations were handed out. [2]

Lawsuit, Conservation Easement

A suit was filed in late December 2016 to stop the Foxfield Racing Association from selling the property. [3] The suit alleged that the sole remaining member of the association's board of directors was about to violate the terms of the will of the the late Mariann S. de Tejeda. [4] Judge Cheryl Higgins ruled in early June 2017 that the suit could continue to discovery. [5]

The situation was resolved in 2019 when the Foxfield Racing Association agreed to place the land under an easement held by the Albemarle Conservation Easement Authority. [6]


  1. Web. Albemarle prepares for a day at the races, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, April 27, 2013, retrieved April 29, 2013.
  2. Web. Police arrest 38 at annual Foxfield Races in Albemarle County, most charges alcohol-related, Associated Press, Washington Post, April 28, 2013, retrieved April 29, 2013.
  3. Web. Group files suit to prevent sale of Foxfield, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, January 9, 2017, retrieved December 25, 2017.
  4. Web. Foxfield development proposals revealed in new court filings, Tim Dodson, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, May 25, 2017, retrieved December 31, 2017.
  5. Web. Discovery to move forward in Foxfield case, Tim Dodson, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 5, 2017, retrieved December 31, 2017.
  6. Web. Conservation easement resolves long-running Foxfield dispute, Allison Wrabel, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, December 24, 2019, retrieved December 26, 2019. Print. December 25, 2019 page A1.

External Links

official site