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P.J. Browning, president and publisher of The Post and Courier. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

As The Post and Courier continues to grow and serve our community, we are excited to offer new and diverse experiences that enrich our Lowcountry lifestyle. Steeplechase of Charleston is the perfect blend of centuries of equestrian tradition coupled with family fun, tailgating spirit and incomparable Southern camaraderie.

This weekend, you can experience five magnificent races along a course that challenges both horse and jockey to excel in distance, speed and jumps. The history of horse racing in Charleston dates back to 1734 when the South Carolina Jockey Club was established. In 1754, the New Market Course was developed, and in 1792, the Washington Race Track was built and encircled what is now known as Hampton Park. The races, much like the races centuries ago, promise sport, fashion, local flavors and an official welcome to fall in the best place on earth.

The official charity of Steeplechase of Charleston is the Good Cheer Fund, established in 1927 to feed the hungry, clothe the poor and help families in crisis during the holiday season. We encourage you to read the accounts of how the fund can provide for Lowcountry residents in need published daily in The Post and Courier from the Sunday after Thanksgiving to Christmas Day. You also can make a donation or learn more about the fund at goodcheerfund.com.

We’d like to thank our sponsors, partners and army of volunteers for supporting a day at the races and invite you all to continue following us at steeplechaseofcharleston.com. We’re already planning next year’s race, and our vision is to become the Kentucky Derby of South Carolina!