The Pennsylvania Hunt Cup is an annual steeplechase held in Unionville, Pennsylvania. The course is four miles of “fair hunting country” – to “approximate conditions found during a day of foxhunting” – and 22 fences “of stacked rails, board and post and rail.” Sunday’s 80th running unfolded thus:

Seven horses began race 1 – two finished (with the winner sealing the deal “under strong urging”). “WINGO STAR…fell at the second-last fence; ADIOS DIABLO…gained uphill to the thirteenth fence but was pulled up; HERE COMES BADNESS…pulled up before the twelfth fence; TENNESSEE BEND…bid for the lead near the twelfth fence, fell and was vanned off; NEW LEVEL was pulled up after the third fence…”

In the 2nd race, 5 started, 3 finished. “ALMARMOOQ was bumped hard and stumbled at the third fence…drew off under strong urging; SUPER SATURDAY…was far back until the eleventh fence…and fell at the second-last fence; DRIFT SOCIETY was bumped hard at the third fence and unseated his rider.”

And in The Cup itself, two horses hit the second-to-last fence.

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To those who patronize these events, we remind that “tradition” is no defense for the exploitation, maiming, and killing of intelligent, sensitive creatures. Please show mercy on these animals – find entertainment elsewhere.

photo credit: The Telegraph