The wishes of the founder of Foxfield, Mariann Tejeda, are continuing to be fulfilled. In her will, Mrs. Tejeda requested the “perpetuation of the Foxfield Races in Albemarle County for the recreation, education and enjoyment of the people of Albemarle County and their friends and visitors and of Virginia who appreciate the equestrian sports, competition, and related activities.”
To this wish, the Foxfield Racing Association is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached to ensure the future of the Foxfield Races. Beginning June 1, 2020, the management and oversight of the Foxfield Races will be transitioned to the newly formed Foxfield Racing LLC.
Under the guidance of Dr. Reynolds Cowles and fellow members, Foxfield Racing LLC will continue under two five-year leases to run the spring and fall race meets, which are sanctioned by the National Steeplechase Association.
Thomas J. Dick, who was appointed to the Foxfield Racing Association board as vice president in 2014, began to oversee the operations of Foxfield Racing Association and succeeded his brother Ben in 2015 as chairman and president.
Over the past year and a half, Tom Dick in cooperation with Dr. Cowles developed a new governance structure going forward under local leadership. Dr. Cowles, a past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, is a former NSA board member and currently chairs the NSA’s Safety Committee.
The Foxfield Racing Association’s Mr. Dick has developed a plan to place the historic 178-acre venue into an open-space easement and is working closely with Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation in Richmond and the local Albemarle Conservation Easement Authority (ACEA).
Chaired by county resident Jay Fennell, the ACEA has approved the easement application, and all final documents have been forwarded to the Department of Conservation and Recreation for final review of the easement. The Property will be protected from future development in perpetuity. Under this easement, a long list of beneficial public activities will be permitted, such as the Women’s 4-Miler and other charitable fundraisers.
The Marian Tejeda Foxfield Memorial Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization, will be established to support equine activities and organizations specializing in supporting children with special needs.
The Spring 2020 Foxfield Race will be held on Saturday, April 25. The Foxfield Racing Association and Foxfield Racing LLC are committed to continuing the steeplechase tradition and maintaining the open-space easement.
For more information about the Foxfield Races, tickets and reserved parking, please visit foxfieldraces.com.