April 14, 2018
Welcome spring with picnics, sundresses, elegant hats, tailgating, family gatherings, and the sounds and sights of thoroughbreds thundering past. The Block House is the longest running steeplechase in North Carolina, occurring continuously since 1947. The National Steeplechase Association sanctions four of the races.
The Tryon Riding & Hunt Club (TR&HC) and Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) have teamed up for a perfect location with a one-mile track (about five miles from the TIEC complex). This year's race will have a total purse of $175,000 - the highest in the history of the event - attracting 48 top-tier jockeys.
Here are some Block House Steeplechase highlights:
- It is rain or shine since these races are on a circuit and cannot be rescheduled. Sorry, no betting.
- While the races run in the afternoon, gates open at 10 AM. Tailgate judging (categories like "Best Hunt Country" and "Best Fancy Party) and the hat contest start at 11 AM. For the guys, there's a "Go to Hell" pants contest at 11:30 AM. At 12 Noon, watch the miniature horses, beagles exhibition, Paso Finos Hulinndalur Icelandic Horses and much more!
- Tickets are sold by the carload in advance and includes convenient parking right by the track - infield or outfield. Buy tickets in advance and pick your parking space. Everyone in the car is included in the admission.
- Tickets also sold on the day, but you'll need to park in a nearby lot and walk in.
- There will be craft beer tents, but tickets must be purchased in advance. Food is available. You can bring your own alcohol and food for tailgating. Table, chairs, blankets, and coolers are permitted. No charcoal grills. Pets allowed on a leash.
- Races start at 2 PM and run every 30 minutes, professional and amateur. Horses may be viewed in the paddock before each race.
- The Tryon Riding and Hunting Club presents the Block House Steeplechase. Memberships available so you will stay informed of events year-round.
- Go to their website to purchase tickets and get more info.
6881 N.C. Highway 9 in Columbus, NC