On October 30th, 1920, Renowned American sportsman, Foxhall P. Keene, initiated a race over timber at his Monkton, Maryland home, Foxhall Farm. Keene's intent was to encourage participation in the sport.
The race was to be run by teams of three all regular followers of a recognized hunt, and the four and one half mile course, which consisted of over thirty fences and water jumps was said to rival that of the Maryland Hunt Cup. Among those riders who competed in that first running were Ambrose Clarke and A.J. Devereux. The list of those who officiated and attended reads like a "Who's Who" of American timber, turf, and hunt elite and includes Samuel D. Riddle, S. Lurman Stewart and John R. Valentine. Spectators from Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Virginia came by train, automobile and horse-drawn conveyance.
To honor the winning team, Keene commissioned a challenge cup which was to be held by the victorious hunt until the next renewal if the race. Of sterling silver, it is one of the most impressive trophies in the sport.
Please join us March 16, 2014, as we salute Foxhall P. Keene and continue the tradition he began ninety-two years ago.