Steeplechase of Charleston returns to Stono Ferry Racetrack

Steeplechase of Charleston returns to Stono Ferry Racetrack
The annual equestrian event, Steeplechase of Charleston, is happening Sunday at the Stono Ferry Race Track in Hollywood. (Source: Live 5)

HOLLYWOOD, S.C. (WCSC) - The annual equestrian event, Steeplechase of Charleston, is happening Sunday at the Stono Ferry Racetrack in Hollywood.

Ticket sales are limited to 50% of the 60-acre facility’s total capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. There are five scheduled races.

Organizers say it’s a tailgating-only event and people must purchase tickets in a group with up to five people. No individual tickets are sold.

One attendee, Allie Lawaetz, is from Virginia and owns a farm there. Four sport horses based at her farm competed in the Charleston Steeplechase.

"With the COVID situation the horses would normally run more up in Virginia, but now there are more races and you all were kind enough to put this on here horses are traveling from all over the East Coast,” Lawaetz said.

Lawaetz says she owns horses all over the world.

“You meet incredible people." Lawaetz said. "Horses take you all over the world that introduce you through ownership, and training and competitions and meeting people. It’s something that’s very special and it’s hard to reproduce in any other sport.”

In addition to watching the races, attendees could also do some holiday shopping at the Vendor Village filled with Lowcountry artisans.

Guests could bring their own food and drinks.

Organizers say they will adhere to all South Carolina Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines regarding masks, capacity and sanitation.

Event organizers say the event dates back to 1792.

The Stono Ferry Racetrack is located at 5000 Old York Course.

For more information and to learn more about tickets available, call 843-937-4968 or click here

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