Author: Annika Kraft

Who You Can Find At This Year’s Vendor Village!

Wondering who will be at this year’s Steeplechase Vendor Village??

American College of Building Arts
Ashley River Chiropractic 
Bluegrass Provisions
Booze Pops
Carol Wells Collection
CBD Metal Designz
Centene Corporation

Charleston Hemp Company
Charleston Shoe Company
Chucktown Fitness
DarlingClutch Co.

Dubarry of Ireland
Evening Post Books
Fascinated by Hats
Fernanda Sullivan Handcrafted Jewelry
For All the Tea in China
Foxy Fossils
Fred Famous
Hands on Pottery
Heartland Home Foods
Jahde Leather Atelier
Kellie Jacobs Fine Art
Lexus of Charleston
Luxe Mobile Cigar Lounge
Magdalene House
Maker’s Mark
Margerite & Motte
Meena Creations
ReBloom Elegant Garden Art
Refreshing Moments with Sharon
Salt and Mane
Sister Act
Soccer Shots
Southern Industries/Gutter Guard

The Island Pearl
Therapy Life & Style
Virginia Peacock
Well Care
Wise Woman Weaves
Sweetgrass Vodka
Ace Basin
Air Transport of the Carolinas
Saw Bus Sisters
Shrunk 3D

Vendor Village Gift Guide

Welcome to the Vendor Village!

The Post and Courier's Steeplechase of Charleston 2020 may have come to a close, but Vendor Village does not have to with this gift guide!

We compiled descriptions and contact information from all of our incredible vendors from this year's vendor village.

These small businesses, local and far, are amazing places to purchase holiday gifts from!

Take a moment to stroll, or scroll, through our "virtual" Vendor Village this holiday season.

We hope this gift guide makes your holiday shopping experience magical!

Local Vendors Gift Guide

BEMER Group – North Charleston, South Carolina

Free demonstrations for horses and humans for better circulation, better health & better life.

Charleston Shoe Co. – Charleston, South Carolina 

Charleston Shoe Company offers handmade, affordable, comfortable and versatile shoes for the everyday woman who needs to be on her feet all day. Machine – washable!

Erika Lynn Handmade – Charleston, South Carolina 

Handmade Leather handbags and accessories using high quality genuine and exotic leathers.  All are handmade by Erika Lynn in Charleston.

Horseworks – North Augusta, South Carolina  

Awe-inspiring horse art from Stephanie M. Dunatov.

Margerite & Motte – Charleston, South Carolina

The Lowcountry’s ONLY oyster shell jewelry made with hand-gathered, locally – sourced oyster shells and real gold.

Nine Yards Intl. – Daniel  Island, South Carolina 

Luxury Accessories & gifts inspired by Charleston’s historical and artistic icons.

Old McCaskill’s Farm – Rembert, South Carolina

Old McCaskill’s Farm makes wool blankets; freshly made canned jams, jellies, pickles, and relishes, and other local products; and farm fresh frozen lamb, pork, beef, and goat.

Southern Tribute – Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina 

Handcrafted Gifts, Jewelry and Home Decor from the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

Ultimate Gutter Guard – North Charleston, South Carolina 

Home improvement company offering free estimates on windows, roofing, siding, gutters, insulation, and bath/showers.

Vanessa Grebe Fine Art – Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Unique and whimsical oil paintings right here in South Carolina.

Other Incredible, Small Business Vendors

Anna Irion - Houston, Texas

Bespoke collection of cashmere pieces, handbags (made in Italy,) jean jackets, knits, and fur accessories. All handcrafted in NYC and Houston. Anna Irion Collection can be found here for just today! We are not Retailers, we are the Source!

Bear Food 

Gourmet Virginia peanuts and other beary good snacks.

Ben & Lael - Nashville, Tennessee

Handmade serving pieces & tableware from copper & silver using traditional metalsmithing. The purest metals & naturally-shed antler, sourced in the USA.

Bluegrass Belts LLC - Atlanta, Georgia

Bridle leather belts and accessories hand-crafted in Lexington, KY. Customize your belt or accessory with a bracelet engraved plate. Official belt for Breeders Cup 2020.

Blue Moon Art 

Offering hand crafted fluid acrylic trays and other inspiring artwork.

Carol Wells Collection - Saratoga, New York

Carol Wells Collection produces a line of equestrian jewelry including sterling silver, Italian glass, reproductions from antique pieces and freshwater cultured pearls.
|| (518) 527-5424

Georgia Jewels 

Earthy, eclectic artisan jewelry with natural gemstones and pearls. Sterling, gold and copper, all handcrafted and one-of-a-kind.
|| (706) 449-2753

Heartland Home Foods 

We are a bulk, organic, and all-natural in-home food delivery service.

Horseworks - North Augusta, South Carolina  

Awe-inspiring horse art from Stephanie M. Dunatov.

KingFisher Leatherworks

Craftsman of timeless leather bags, belts, and accessories. Made in the USA. Lifetime Warranty.

LuXe Mobile Cigar Lounge 

LuXe is a mobile cigar lounge. Providing services for weddings, golf tournaments, birthday parties, tailgates and much more.

New York Life

Contact New York Life's insurance agent Riley Knudsen for financial planning services.

Pagoda Paper & Lilly Grace Gifts 

Pagoda Paper products are made from high-quality paper; selling stationery, coasters, and prints.

Poachers Pocket 

Handmade walking sticks and whips as well as fox, dog, and jockey statues.
 || (336) 788-2750

Robinson Exfile Knives 

Using a mix of reclaimed materials, we have a variety of cutlery and tools for use in the kitchen, in camp, and at the grill.

Surcee Jewelry 

Hand-crafted jewelry with semi-precious stones.

Highlights: Steeplechase of Charleston 2020

November 15, 2020, starts with sunshine and smog rolling over the hills of the Stono Ferry Racetrack. Clouds pushing through bringing soft rain throughout the morning as people trickle into place. The skies open up and give way to miraculous sunshine just in time for the races, leading to a gorgeous fall day at Steeplechase of Charleston.

With amazing sponsors and numerous tailgaters, Steeplechase of Charleston 2020 is one for the books. 

The opening ceremonies kick off with a high note as Grammy award-winning artists Quiana Parler and Charlton Singleton from Ranky Tanky perform the National Anthem for Steeplechase of Charleston. All of which stream internationally on the National Steeplechase Association (NSA), Blood Horse, and Horse and Country TV! Click here to watch! 

As the riders begin to take off, Opening Ceremonies sponsor Hopkins Law Firm gave the first “Riders Up!” followed by Mark Peper of Peper Law Firm who also gave a “Riders Up!”

A Crowning Achievement!

Steeplechase of Charleston became the qualifier of NSA’s trainer and jockey of the year Hall of Fame 

trainer,  Jonathan Sheppard, and jockey, Gerard Galligan, who both left with winnings from 4 out of 5 of the races, a total of $50,000 in purse money. Read more about the winners here.

Another big winner? James Schelb winning the first-place raffle prize, a trip to Haig Point on Daufuskie Island! Charlie Black coming in second-place winning the raffle prize of a unique equestrian bottle of Blanton’s Bourbon. The raffle overall raising $2,100 for Hollings Cancer Center. Fun for a good cause!

Vendor Village

Between the races, guests enjoy the opportunity to explore the vendor village. Whether it was holiday shopping for designer boots at Charleston Shoe Co., handmade jewelry from Georgia Jewels, or boutique handbags from Darling Clutch Co., the most extravagant gifts were found!

Then, come time for a recharge, guests stop for a snack at Flight food truck or nitro cold brew from Pourly Grounded Coffee.

A popular destination throughout the day: LuXe Mobile Cigar Lounge.  Guests found an immersive cigar experience and a moment to take in all of Steeplechase.

Enjoyed By All!

Even Southern Charm star Madison LeCroy and The Righteous Gemstones actor Danny McBride are spotted taking in all the excitement of Steeplechase 2020!

The volunteers and Steeplechase team pulled off a wonderful, safe event. 

Thank You!

A huge thank you to all the vendors for providing both their time and their resources to enhance the Steeplechase experience. The day would not have been the same without these amazing businesses and organizations! View the full list of vendors and sponsors here

Steeplechase of Charleston 2020 Results

Steeplechase of Charleston 2020

So, what were the Steeplechase results?

The day of November 15, 2020, starts with sunshine and smog rolling over the hills of the Stono Ferry Racetrack. Clouds pushing through bringing soft rain throughout the morning as people trickle into place. The skies open up and give way to miraculous sunshine just in time for the races, leading to a gorgeous fall day at Steeplechase of Charleston.

There were a total of 5 races throughout the day. First, the Evening Post Cup, with $7,500 in purse money. High Sierra winning this first prize.

Then, the Publisher Cup with another $7,500 in purse money up for grabs. Penitence wins this one. However, High Sierra’s jockey and trainer were riding and training Pentience. Galligan and Sheppard win another cup with a different horse.

Third race up, the Post and Courier Cup with $20,000 up for grabs, the most of each race. Galligan and Shepherd grab a third win on another horse, Bet The Pot.

The fourth cup, Editor Cup (a $15,000 prize), goes to Zoom Zoom Zoe on Galligan and Shepherd yet again!

Finally, the Alston Cup worth $15,000. Dalton and Dalton clench this win from Galligan and Shepherd on horse Mr. Sarinana!

Top winners trainer Jonathan Sheppard and jockey Gerard Galligan leftwith winnings from 4 out of 5 of the races, a total of $50,000 in purse money. Additionally, the duo became NSA’s Hall of Fame trainer and Jockey of The Year. Steeplechase of Charleston was the qualifier for these titles. 

Here’s to Steeplechase of Charleston 2021!

Horse (jockey, trainer)

Evening Post Cup ($7,500 purse)

  1. High Sierra (Galligan, Sheppard)
  2. Lemon Again (Mitchell, Thompson)
  3. Vincent Van Gogo (Watters, Morris)
  4. Western Crusader (Dalton, Dalton)
  5. Lovely Sunset (Geraghty, Gomena)
  6. Duellist (Foley, Davies)

Publisher Cup ($7,500)

  1. Penitence (Galligan, Sheppard)
  2. Yankee Doodle Boy (Foley, Fout)
  3. Sim Card (Dalton, Dalton)
  4. Choklitcoverdonut (Geraghty, Wofford)
  5. Argentic (Macauley, Morris)
  6. Bowled Over (Mitchell, Dowling)

Post and Courier Cup ($20,000)

  1. Bet The Pot (Galligan, Sheppard)
  2. Thomas Cubitt (Mitchell, Young)
  3. Compass Zone (Watters, McDermott)
  4. Sherkali (Macauley, Kingsley)
  5. Eagle Fifty (Foley, Fout)
  6. Thomond Park (Geraghty, Gomena)

Editor Cup ($15,000)

  1. Zoom Zoom Zoe (Galligan, Sheppard)
  2. Notjudginjustsayin (Mitchell, Fisher)
  3. Animal Kingston (Watters, Morris)
  4. Mighty Mark (Dagle, Neilson)
  5. Junonia (Dalton, Morris)
  6. Undisclosed (Foley, Fout)

Alston Cup ($15,000)

  1. Mr. Sarinana (Dalton, Dalton)
  2. Lap of the Gods (Galligan, Sheppard)
  3. Cainudothetwist (Macauley, Kingsley)
  4. Koko Star (Foley, Fout)
  5. Bogey’s Image (Watters, McDermott)
  6. Heaven Made (Geraghty, Sheppard).


2020 Raffle Winners

Congratulations to Our 2020 Steeplechase of Charleston Winners!

While the races had many winners and participants at this year’s Steeplechase of Charleston, the Post and Courier’s 2020 raffle winners have been announced!

Raffle Winners | First Place: James Schelb

James Schelb won two nights at the Historical Haig Point Lighthouse in Daufuskie Island, South Carolina! In addition to his stay, Schelb and his guest will have a choice of tennis, horseback riding, or two rounds of golf on the Award-Winning Rees Jones Signature Golf Course.

Not only are those great activities included, but Ferry Service and a Transportation Cart are also being provided.

Congrats, James Schelb!

Raffle Winners| Second Place: Charlie Black

Charlie Black received second-place in the raffle. Black will receive a unique, custom equestrian bottle of Blanton’s Bourbon. Blanton’s Bourbon is handcrafted Kentucky Bourbon that revolutionized the bourbon industry by creating a “super-premium” category.

This bourbon enhances the richness and flavor of traditions with the horse and jockey bottle stoppers. Each stopper containing a letter of “Blanton’s” making it a showstopping novelty sipped on by all those in the winner’s circle.

A priceless value!

Congrats, Charlie Black!

Proceeds Benefit A Great Cause

While James Schelb and Charlie Black won these amazing raffle prizes, the real winners are those of the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center. The proceeds from this raffle benefit the Hollings Cancer Center. The total proceeds? $2,100.

Thank you to all who participated in this amazing, philanthropic contest! Each raffle entry was important and made a difference.

Stay tuned for next year’s Steeplechase of Charleston 2021 Raffle by following up on Facebook and Instagram.

Looking for the winners of the horse races? Check out our Winner’s Circle for the latest!