Block House Steeplechase

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Sun., Apr. 15

Starting at 12:00 pm - Ending at 5:00 pm

Gates open at 9 am. Please check the website for schedule.

Block House Steeplechase



  • Tryon Riding and Hunt Club


  • Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE), 3381 Hunting Country Rd.
    Tryon NC 28782


The event that ushers in spring with picnics, sundresses, elegant hats, tailgating, family & friend reunions, and the sights& sounds of thoroughbreds thundering past, striving for a win. The Block House is the longest running steeplechase in North Carolina, occurring continuously since 1947. Crowds of 18,000-20,000 attend the Block House Races annually. The National Steeplechase Association sanctions four of the races with total purses reaching $70,000. An amateur division, showcasing local jockeys, takes place after the Block House Cup feature race. The day also showcases a varied, equestrian learning experience from Carolina Carriage Club and Paso Fino demonstrations, to the Old Tryon Foot Beagles and Hounds.

Admission: Fee for parking; admission is by carload.

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35° 12' 2.88" / Longitude: -82° 10' 29.6394"


Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE), 3381 Hunting Country Rd. Tryon NC 28782

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Driving Directions
From I -26, east or west:
Take S.C. Exit #1 -Landrum, S.C.
Go 1.5 miles, then turn right onto Bomar Road (look for the Land Mart on the corner). Go one short block and turn right onto Prince Road. Follow Prince Road for approximately 1.5 miles and turn left onto Hunting Country Road (just before the I-26 overpass). Follow Hunting Country Road for approximately 3/4 mile. The entrance to the Equestrian Center, Mane Gate Lane, will be on your left just before the I-26 underpass. For the main FENCE entrance for the FENCE Center, hiking trails and TROT barn, continue on Hunting Country Road under the I-26 underpass to the main FENCE gates on your right.

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