Seven Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss Steeplechase of Charleston 2022

by Ryan Biddix

Photography by Jessica Yurinko

  1. The Horse Races

The premiere attraction at the Steeplechase of Charleston is our five, high-stake horse races: The Charleston Cup, The Post & Courier Cup, The Editor’s Cup, The Lexus Cup, and The Alston Cup. This year we’ve bumped up the purse prize to $100,000, making the stakes higher than ever before. In addition, we will be crowning champions at the end of each race.


  1. Corgi Cup

In partnership with Lowcountry Corgis, we will be hosting the first-ever Corgi Cup. Over ten stubby and short-legged corgis will be competing in two races around the racetrack for the ultimate prize of the Corgi Cup crown.

Photography by Caroline Herring

  1. Merchant Market

From leather goods to fine art and jewelry, Merchant Market is the perfect place to do some early holiday shopping. With over thirty different merchants, you are bound to find the perfect gift for that perfect someone. Check out our list of confirmed merchants here

Photography by Caroline Herring

  1. Live Entertainment

Coming to the stage this year at Steeplechase of Charleston are Southbound 17 and the Yum Yum Boys Old Time Jazz, both local to the Charleston area. They will surely have your feet tapping and mouths moving to the melodic tunes of folk and jazz.

Photography by Caroline Herring

  1. Opera Performance by Halo

Holy City Arts and Lyric Opera, aka HALO, will be performing the National Anthem in an operatic style during the Opening Ceremony. This local nonprofit arts organization takes an all-inclusive approach to exploring the world of opera. Offering school programs, historical walking tours, opera courses, house concerts, and full-scale productions, the goal of HALO is to make opera more accessible to everyone.

Photography by William Quarles

  1. Color Guard Ceremony by Citadel Cadets

The Color Guard ceremony, which takes place during the Opening Ceremony, will be performed by the Citadel’s Regimental Color Guard, advised by Lieutenant Colonel Remsen (SCSG), Citadel class of ’94.

Photography by Caroline Herring

  1. Food Trucks

With seven different food trucks, you are sure to find food that suits your taste buds. Coming to Steeplechase this year are Verde, Booze Pops, Fed Up Food Truck, Hamby Catering Food Truck, Mama Dot’s Food Truck, Prancing Pony Coffee Truck, and the RiverDogs Food Truck.