“The Celebrated Horse, Sir Archie” will be the subject of a program at 3:00 p.m. on October 14th at the Deep Run Hunt Club. This Goochland-bred horse became a major foundation sire of the American Thoroughbred racehorse.
Sponsored by the Goochland County Historical Society and the Deep Run Hunt Club, the program is free and open to the public.
James Payne Beckwith, Jr. is a descendant of one of Sir Archie’s owners. He will give an illustrated presentation, “All in the Family: Diomed, Sir Archie, and Henry from the 1780 Epsom Derby to the Great Match Race of 1823”. He will discuss the major horses in the development of the American Thoroughbred, including Diomed, the imported English horse that was Sir Archie’s sire, and the later offspring that represented North vs. South in the Great Match Race of 1823. Held on Long Island, this race so captured the interest of the young country that 60,000 people were in attendance, the Stock Exchange closed and Congress adjourned for the event.