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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.

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

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!

Steeplechase 2020 Sponsors & Vendors

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

The Post and Courier’s Steeplechase of Charleston 2020 was another successful year thanks to our sponsors and vendors!

We want to give a huge thank you to all the vendors for providing both their time and resources to enhance the Steeplechase experience.

Even though the day began with a light rain, the spirits were high. Clouds pushed through making way for sunshine in the vendor village, the perfect recipe for a great Steeplechase!

Whether it was providing food, a holiday shopping options, coffee, or a cigar, the entertainment was not lacking.

All of these sponsors, vendors, and hospitality hosts made Steeplechase of Charleston 2020 a major hit.

Each hospitality tent and vendor brought their A-game with decor, entertainment, and the perfect additions to an amazing race day.

The day would not have been the same without these amazing businesses and organizations!

While 2020 Steeplechase was a great experience, we cannot wait until Steeplechase of Charleston 2021 to welcome back sponsors and welcome new sponsors! 

Sponsors and Hospitality:

Vendor Village:

  • Anna Irion Group – 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!
  • BEMER Group – North Charleston, South Carolina; We offer Free Demo’s for Horses and Humans for Better Circulation, Better Health & Better Life.
  • Horseworks – North Augusta, South Carolina; The art of Stephanie M. Dunatov.
  • 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.
  • Bluegrass Belts – 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.
  • Vanessa Grebe Fine Art – Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; Unique and whimsical oil paintings.
  • Ultimate Gutter Guard– North Charleston, South Carolina; Home improvement company offering free estimates on windows, roofing, siding, gutters, insulation, and bath/showers.
  • Magnolia Skin Essentials – Summerville, South Carolina; Magnolia Skin Essentials proudly handcrafts clean and luxurious skin care products. Always cruelty-free, toxin-free, and environmentally sustainable. They also specialize in wholesale and private label products.
  • 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.
  • Southern Tribute – Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; Handcrafted Gifts, Jewelry and Home Decor from the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
  • 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.
  • Ben & Lael – Nashville, Tennessee; Handmade serving pieces & tableware from copper & silver using traditional metalsmithing. The purest metals & naturally-shed antler, sourced in the USA.
  • Darling Clutch Co. – Orlando, Florida; Darling Clutch Company features provocative, artistic blend of classic and modern chic “statement” bags that inspire unique sophistication, confidence, and personal expression.
  • New York Life – Charleston, South Carolina; Contact New York Life’s insurance agent Riley Knudsen for financial planning services.
  • Nine Yards Intl. – Daniel Island, South Carolina; Luxury accessories & gifts inspired by Charleston’s historical and artistic icons.
  • 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!
  • Marguerite & Motte – Charleston, South Carolina; The Lowcountry’s ONLY oyster shell jewelry made with hand-gathered, locally – sourced oyster shells and real gold.
  • Surcee Jewelry – Charleston, South Carolina; Hand-crafted jewelry with semi-precious stones.
  • Blue Moon Art – Charleston, South Carolina; Offering hand crafted fluid acrylic trays.
  • Georgia Jewels – Earthy, eclectic artisan jewelry with natural gemstones and pearls. Sterling, gold and copper, all handcrafted and one-of-a-kind.
  • Bear Food – Charlotte, North Carolina; Gourmet Virginia Peanuts.
  • Kingfisher Leatherworks – Craftsman of timeless leather bags, belts, and accessories. Made in the USA. Lifetime Warranty.
  • Heartland Home Foods – Baltimore, Maryland; Bulk, organic and all natural in home food delivery service.
  • Poachers Pocket
  • Robinson Exfile Knives – Asheville, North Carolina; 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.
  • Pagoda Paper & Lilly Grace Gifts – Sandersville, Georgia; Pagoda Paper products are made from high quality paper; selling stationary, coasters and prints.
  • Luxe Mobile Cigar Lounge – Charleston, South Carolina; Mobile cigar lounge. Providing services for weddings, golf tournaments, birthday parties, tailgates and much more.
  • Pourly Grounded Coffee – Charleston, South Carolina; one-of-a-kind tap coffee trike dedicated to serving the Charleston area by keeping things small and local.
  • Poachers Pocket – Handmade walking sticks and whips as well as fox, dog, and jockey statues.

 

 

 

10 Winning Tailgate Recipes

Part of what makes the Steeplechase of Charleston such a fun event is that it is so much more than just a horse race. The accompanying tailgating is a steeplechase tradition that keeps people coming back year after year. And let’s be honest, the most important part of any tailgate is the food.

Bloody Mary

This classic drink is made with basic ingredients and like most things, can be greatly improved using quality ingredients to boost the flavor. You can make it even more appealing by adding garnishments like shrimp, cherry peppers, and beef jerky. 

Mint julepMint Julep

 

Made famous by the Kentucky Derby, this refreshing cocktail only has three ingredients (besides the crushed ice!).

Barbecued Meatballs

Meatballs seem to disappear about as fast as you can make them and these are no exception.  Pro tip: you can use the crackers in the previous recipe to scoop up the meatballs and extra sauce…you’re welcome!

Chicken and Waffle Skewers

What could be more Southern than chicken and waffles? What could be more Southern than chicken and waffles? It’s a simple combination of sweet and savory, accompanied by a side of syrup. Find the recipe here. 

 

Cabbage and Asian Pear Slaw

Light with a perfect texture, this side dish has it all: creaminess, tastiness, and crunchiness. It can be made in advance and transports easily. Find the recipe here.

Buffalo Chicken Dips

Packed with zesty flavor, these bite-size dips are perfect for a tailgate. Find the recipe here. 

Charleston Cheese Dip

How could you go wrong with a dish that includes cream cheese, bacon, mayonnaise and chips?  This dish has all of the hearty ingredients needed to keep up your stamina for a day outside.

Southern Living’s Crack Crackers

 

There’s a reason these crackers earned this name. They’re addictively good and a great snack to munch on while watching the races. Here’s the recipe. 

Lemon Bars

These sweet but tart treats are the perfect accompaniment to your tailgate spread.  The combination of lemon curd, shortbread crust and confectioner’s sugar results in an easy to eat dessert with the added benefit of vitamin C.

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats

We will be well into fall by November 15th, so of course we had to include a pumpkin treat. This recipe is easy to make and totally irresistible.