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TR&HC Annual Block House Steeplechase Races

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

Since 1947, the TR&HC Block House Steeplechase Races have ushered in spring with elegant hats, tailgating, family reunions, and the sound & sight of thoroughbreds thundering past for a win. The Block House is the longest running steeplechase in the state of North Carolina and crowds of 18,000 to 20,000 annually attend the races.

The National Steeplechase Association sanctions the four races with a total race purse paying out $75,000.  Pre-race entertainment showcases a wide variety of equestrian disciplines and breeds in the “Parade of Horses & Hounds.”  Previous years’ participants include:  Carolina Carriage Club, Paso Fino demonstrations, Green Creek Miniature Horses, Tryon Hounds and Green Creek Hounds.  For more information, contact the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club office at 828-863-0480 or

Earlier Event: April 24
Sedgefield Show Grounds
Later Event: June 12