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Steeplechase of Charleston returning this November with renewed energy, new ownership

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Steeplechase of Charleston will return to the Race Track at Stono Ferry on Sunday, Nov. 17.

Steeplechase of Charleston, a National Steeplechase Association sanctioned event, will return to the Race Track at Stono Ferry on Sunday, Nov. 17. This quintessential Southern event will deliver experiential fun with horse races, tailgating, high fashion and local vendors and music − all fit for all ages. This will be the last race of the year on the national circuit.

The Steeplechase of Charleston is an annual equestrian event, dating back to 1792. And organizers promise to help strengthen the bonds between the sport and the city that has long embraced it.

“Steeplechase celebrates speed, beauty, athleticism, strength, community and more,” said P.J. Browning, publisher of The Post and Courier, which obtained ownership of the race earlier this year. “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.”

“Horse racing is a sport that you are born loving, or you will soon grow to love,” said Toby Edwards, race director and former jockey. “With at least $70,000 in purse money and a storied 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.”

The Post and Courier purchased Steeplechase of Charleston from The Randolph Company, whose owners successfully re-branded the event in 2018 to make it more community-oriented than it had been in recent years.

On-site experiences at Stono Ferry, just 20 minutes from downtown Charleston, will include:

  • Five high-stakes races with coveted titles on the line
  • A Marketplace, featuring local shops, vendors and artisans for holiday shopping
  • Regional food trucks and restaurant pop-ups
  • General admission tickets with access to the in-field
  • VIP Chalet, which includes open bar and lunch service
  • Family-friendly activities

Tickets will go on sale this summer. To stay up to date on the ticket release, please sign up online.

A portion of proceeds will benefit the Good Cheer Fund, which helps fund seven local organizations: Association for the Blind, Carolina Youth Development Center, Catholic Charities, the Lowcountry Food Bank, Salvation Army, Star Gospel Mission and the Charleston Leadership Foundation. To learn more, visit

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