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Sharp as a Tack at the Track

Men’s Fashion Feature

Half of the fun on race day is seeking out the biggest and the boldest ladies’ hats across the racetracks. But a creative day of fashion isn’t reserved for just the women. In this blog, we’ve composed a men’s fashion feature: because masculinity and style meet at the tracks.

The Hats

Start with the essentials– you’re not you without a race day hat. The options are overwhelming, but this classic fedora hat goes with almost any color scheme. A herringbone flat cap or a Mannes hat perfectly complement darker colors; whatever you decide on, you’ll be tastefully representing Derby style.

The Jacket

You’re in luck– with the cooler climes of our November race day, a stylish jacket checks off the boxes of looks and practicality. Be as loud or as sleek as you like: the options are endless. Explore patterns of traditional race day themes: roses, horseshoes, and stripes are sure to catch attendees’ eyes. For a more toned-down look, experiment with solid pastel suits or a darker, autumn-y approach. Mix and match these tones, or stay consistent with a color scheme.

The Shoes

From head to toe, you have to look the part on race day. Slip on these comfortable loafers or whip out your boat shoes to finish off your preppy attire. Worried about the mud? Try a pair of boots and complete a more rugged race day look.

The Accessories

Little details matter. Spice up a pair of darker shoes with patterned socks, or break up a monotone jacket with a bold bowtie or a striking belt. Watches, pocket squares, and sleek sunglasses can elevate any outfit. If you’re keeping away from a louder jacket, these smaller accents offer the perfect hints of Derby fashion.

Whatever you decide to model, we can’t wait to see it! Stay tuned on social (@Steeplechaseofcharleston) to get exclusives on where to shop for your Steeplechase look. Go as bold or as simple as you like! You’ll look good either way– you’re at Steeplechase of Charleston. 

It’s Tailgate Time!

Steeplechase of Charleston is less than four months away and it’s tailgate time! We’ve assembled a list of THE best tailgate ideas to bring the class of a VIP ticket and the intimacy of a rail-side experience all into one. Relinquish the painstaking Pinterest scrolls and aimless Google searches, and look no further– we’ve got you covered.

Set Up

It’s all about the table set up. Get in touch with the artisans of our Vendor Village and get your setup on display with a cute tablecloth and platters of your best dishes. Keep in touch with Derby fashion and go bold! Think bright, pastel colors and intricate patterns. Adorn the table with flower arrangements and decorative horse ribbons.

Try your hand at coordinating a theme! Rep your university, deck out with preppy patterns or create a Steeplechase-esque theme with small horse statues and bouquets. Pull at classic fall elements with pumpkins for decoration or a warmer color scheme.

Food

You’ve got a full day at Steeplechase of Charleston, so make sure to cover all of your cravings. Get in touch with Charleston cuisine by making these pimento cheese deviled eggs or chicken and waffle skewers. Top it all off with a classic mint julep or a bloody mary and elevate your tailgate to classy cuisine.

Pack your Yetis and bundle up your bottles– fashion a wine cooler amongst your spread and keep all your tailgaters happy. Finish the day with some sweet lemon bars or cream cheese brownies for the chocolate lovers.

Kid-Friendly

Bringing the whole family to Steeplechase of Charleston? Get ready for a full day of eager munchers with these kid-friendly recipes. Keep the kids happy with these mini corn dogs and reward your efforts with a mint julep. Stock up on extra napkins for sticky fingers and switch out the juleps for some homemade lemonade

Don’t forget dessert! Bring out the crowd pleasers with simple, bite-sized treats like these mini whoopie pies or these beautiful sugar cookies.

Things to Note

Don’t forget the essentials– patterned napkins and cutlery will be essential for staying tidy on race day. While we want your bellies to be satisfied and your platters to be full, we ask that attendees refrain from bringing grills with an open flame or propane. Prep those items beforehand, get creative in your menu, and leave it all on display! Inspire attendees with tailgate ideas for #SteepleCHS 2022.

Have you gotten your 2021 Steeplechase of Charleston tickets yet?

We’re Back

After months of patience and eager daydreaming, the wait is finally over. Tickets for the 2021 Steeplechase of Charleston are officially live and it’s time to get excited about THE race to end the season. Even in last year’s subdued Covid-19 restrictions, the 2020 SOC was a day to remember. Now, we’re back and better than ever.

Tickets

Three different ticketing options provide for a full spectrum of race day experiences; tailgate, general admission, and VIP tickets are listed and at your leisure, with each being individually thrilling yet unique. Read below for details on each.

Get up close and personal with a tailgate spot. Tucked under a personal or SOC provided tent, you can feel the breeze of the horses alongside 10 of your closest friends and family. Get creative with your tailgate setup (cute tablecloths, flowers, creative recipes) and become the tent that everyone wants to hang out at. Be a part of the race day experience – adjacent to the tracks with the horses, serving food with the vendors and cheering loudly with the fans.

With general admission, you get a little bit of everything: an intimate race experience, the Vendor Village at your fingertips, and killer views of the Stono Ferry tracks. Wander amongst our cute boutiques and live music before settling into great race views. With free admission for 12 and under, GA is the perfect option for the whole family.

Want a little more refinery for your race day experience? The VIP Chalet ticket was made for you. A mouthwatering food service and open bar will complement your views of the finish line. Staying cool under the tent with meals at your fingertips… what could be better? Not to mention, the VIP restrooms and parking…

COVID-19 Adjustments

Last year, we had to bring the race day excitement under modified standards. Now, we’re back in full swing. Fill your tailgates and tents, rope in your friends and neighbors, and don’t worry about a mask disrupting your race day outfit

Early Bird tickets are available now until July 11th and provide 10% off of GA tickets. Use code EB2021 at check out to redeem your discount. We dialed it back last year – now it’s time to go big. 

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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. 
Cwcollection@hotmail.com
|| (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.
susanv.jgm@gmail.com
|| (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.
jjbluebear70@gmail.com
 || (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.

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!