Steeplechase Tradition Still Going Strong in Charleston, SC
hen the bugle blows on a gorgeous fall Sunday in Charleston, a beloved tradition will return, with a few new twists in store. Steeplechase of Charleston returns to the Holy City on November 17, as some of the nation’s fastest horses and most agile riders jockey for generous prizes.
Horse racing in the South has a storied past - much like the second oldest colonized city in the United States. Ever stylish, Charleston puts on quite a show each year with a celebration of eques���������������������������������������tality (as evidenced by the elaborate picnics guests often incorporate in their day at the races). This quintessential Southern event will deliver experiential fun with horse races, tailgating, high fashion, local vendors, live music and more. All activations are set to ignite the excitement and tradition of horse racing in the ���������������������������������������� In an interesting twist, ownership of the race has transferred to Evening Post Industries. The owners of the oldest daily newspaper in the South, The Post 40
and Courier, now preside over one of the most storied sports in the South. The newspaper follows suit with many other media companies by lending its brand and resources to a community event. “Steeplechase celebrates speed, beauty, athleticism, strength, community and more,” said P.J. Browning, publisher of The Post and Courier. “Our aim is to make this a must-do event every year, and one that becomes the signature way to experience Charleston in the fall.” ������������������������������������� least $75,000, this is the last race of the ������������������������������������ation season will put a tidy bow on the sport for 2019. “Steeplechase racing is a sport that www.EliteEquestrianMagazine.com
you are born loving, or you will soon grow to love,” said Toby Edwards, race director and former jockey. “With at least $75,000 in purse money and an illustrious past, Steeplechase of Charleston is known nationwide as a superb event. We are thrilled to work with the entire team to continue making it a world-class experience.” MORE THAN A RACE: Seasoned or new to the sport, it matters not. Steeplechase offers much in the way of see-and-be-seen experiences, and Charleston kicks that all up a notch. Locals bring tailgating to an artform. Each ticket allows guests to do it as they like, either hauling a beer cooler, ����������������������������������������� �����������������
Elite Equestrian magazine Sept/Oct 2019 fall issue