Virginia Gold Cup will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Ridley has reserved a tent and would love the chance to celebrate with you in The Plains! Can’t attend but would like to donate? Donate here.


Frequently Asked Questions

Tickets: Your ticket includes transportation to/from the fields (departing from the East Falls Church Metro Station), open bar, beverages, and a buffet throughout the day. Tickets are $75 per person until Friday, April 5. After April 5 ticket prices increase to $100. Register today!

You will not be receiving a paper ticket for this event. There will be a Ridley or Alumni Association representative issuing wristbands to registered guests when the bus arrives at the races or at the tent for guests that are driving. 

Location: Great Meadow
5089 Old Tavern Rd
The Plains, VA 20198

Ridley Tent: The Ridley tent at Gold Cup is plot number 139. Food and beverages will be served throughout the day. 

Time of Event: Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Races begin at noon.

Parking: A limited number of parking passes are available for $20 and can be purchased here

Traveling to Gold Cup: The Gold Cup shuttle bus will depart from the East Falls Church Metro stop (2001 N Sycamore Street, Arlington, VA, 22205) at 9:45 a.m. sharp. Please plan to arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. to ensure time for parking and boarding. Board members will be on hand to provide assistance and direction. 

Departing from Gold Cup: The Gold Cup shuttle bus will depart at 5:30 p.m. and return you to the East Falls Church Metro stop no later than 6:45 p.m.

“What do people wear?” “Afternoon dress is suggested for this event. Women guests on Members Hill customarily wear summer/spring dresses and hats. Flat heels are suggested. Men wear lightweight sport coats and ties. Shorts are not appropriate for Members Hill. Attire on the rails is marginally more relaxed – we recommend a sportswear look for women and khakis with collared shirts for men. Jeans are rarely seen at Gold Cup.”


For more information on wagering and other race day activities, please visit the official Virginia Gold Cup website