Fancy a Day at the Races? Vancouver’s Annual Deighton Cup Returns to Hastings Racecourse

photo: Jonathan Evans

Dig out your fanciest fascinators and flashiest bow ties, and get ready for one of Vancouver’s most stylish affairs featuring horse racing, cocktail-swilling, whisky-and-cigar pairings and a fashion runway show-down. The ninth annual Deighton Cup hits the Hastings Racecourse on Saturday, July 22, from 11am to 6pm, and this year organizers have pulled out all the stops to transform this old-fashioned derby into one of the hottest events of the summer.

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Fancy a Day at the Races? Vancouver’s Annual Deighton Cup Returns to Hastings Racecourse

Triple Crown Dreams? Unique club lets you own a Vancouver racehorse for $250

Photo credit: colink.|flickr

Photo credit: colink.|flickr

Have $250? Always wanted the thrill of owning your own thoroughbred racehorse? Vancouver’s Hastings Racecourse has the deal for you.

A new club is giving race fans a chance to pony up a few hundred dollars for fractional ownership in real racehorses. All that’s needed to join the new Hastings Race Club is $250, no horse experience required. Currently capped out at 200 members, the group has already proved a runaway hit, according to an article in the Globe and Mail by Wendy Stueck.

Members get special perks like reserved grandstand seating at the race track, as well as access to the backstretch, where they can mix and mingle with the other owners and their horse. And, of course, should their steed end up in the winner’s circle, owners get their share of the purse.  Continue reading:
Triple Crown Dreams? Unique club lets you own a Vancouver racehorse for $250

Tickets Now On Sale For 7th Annual Deighton Cup: Vancouver’s Most Glamourous Race Day

DeightonCupHighlight_img39The Deighton Cup is cantering back onto Vancouver’s social scene on July 25th at the Hastings Racetrack for its lucky seventh annual celebration of horse racing culture, summer style, cocktails, champagne and good times. Tickets are on sale now and we spoke with event organiser Jordan Kallman from The Social Concierge to find out more.

For regular Deighton Cup fans, what’s new this year?

It’s a big step up for us this year as we’re extending onto the concourse to make the event bigger and grander than it’s ever been. We’re expecting to sell 3,000 tickets this year, but eventually we want to take over the whole racecourse. It’s going to be much more accessible to people this year, because we’re now opening up half the concourse with lower priced tickets which have lots of extra value. The Concourse GA tickets which start at $35 can add in a boxed lunch too for $12 from Cocktails and Canapés, and $5 from every ticket sold will go to the Variety Children’s Charity to add a philanthropic edge to the day, it’s a great cause and we’re excited to raise money for them. Continue reading:
Tickets Now On Sale For 7th Annual Deighton Cup: Vancouver’s Most Glamourous Race Day

Off to the the races! Hastings Racecourse opens for 2015, Deighton Cup set for July in Vancouver

Photo credit: Hastings Racecourse on Facebook

Photo credit: Hastings Racecourse on Facebook

And there they go!

This coming Saturday and Sunday (April 25 and 26), the thoroughbreds will be off and running as Hastings Racecourse marks its opening weekend in Vancouver.

Whether or not you’re interested in betting, the scenic spot is a good place to enjoy some high-energy excitement on a nice day.

The season’s first stakes races happen this Sunday (April 26): the $50,000 George Royal and $50,000 Brighouse Belles. In 2015, the 50-day meet runs through October 12, with four tentative dates later in October.

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Off to the the races! Hastings Racecourse opens for 2015, Deighton Cup set for July in Vancouver

Southlands Country Fair rolls out some old-fashioned fun

You can get close to the horse-jumping action at Southlands Country Fair. Photo by Noriko Tidball.

You can get close to the horse-jumping action at Southlands Country Fair. Photo by Noriko Tidball.

Vancouver may be a cosmopolitan city, but this weekend, it’s a little bit country.

The Southlands Country Fair happens this Sunday (September 14) in Southlands, an area that many Vancouverites don’t even know about. In this leafy residential neighbourhood, it’s not unusual to see people leading their horses along the quiet streets and on the trails of Pacific Spirit Park.

In addition to the people who live there, the upscale area is home to about 300 horses, housed in three major boarding barns and stables on private property.

The centre of the action is Southlands Riding Club, where riders bring their horses for training and practice in jumping, racing, and more. The annual Southlands Country Fair is a rare opportunity to check out what goes on at the club and spend a crisp fall day in place that feels like the country yet is in the heart of the city.

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Southlands Country Fair rolls out some old-fashioned fun

Vancouver Has a Horse Track?

Photo credit: Remy Scalza

Among Vancouver’s must-sees, one place that almost never gets mentioned is the old Hastings Racecourse, squirreled away next to the Playland amusement park.   Maybe it’s because horse racing has a bit of a seedy rep.  Or maybe it’s the location, out on the edge of town.  Whatever the reason, it’s a shame because a day at the races is a lot of fun.

I checked out the Racecourse for the first time on a recent Sunday. I’d never been to a race before and wasn’t sure what to expect.  My first big surprise: It’s free to watch.  You can just wander right into the racetrack area: No tickets, not even any security.

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Vancouver Has a Horse Track?