I think I say it every year. And of course I’m heavily biased because my family founded the event back in the mid 1990’s, but the Queen’s Cup Steeplechase HAS to be Charlotte’s best kept secret.
I mean, who doesn’t love a day out with your friends, drinking, partying, tailgating, enjoying the spring weather (for good or for bad) all while watching professional horse racing???? Most people don’t even know that exists in Charlotte! Imagine if you could watch a college or pro football game live from your tailgate spot with all your friend’s by your side!?!?! Dad always says that the Queen’s Cup is a tailgate party where the horses are invited. And it’s true. It’s all happening around you. You don’t have to leave your space if you don’t want to. There’s no 15ft high barbed wire fence separating you from the action like at the Kentucky Derby. You can be inches away from the action if you want, and that is unparalleled in any sport that I know of. It is a special event.
This year, Queen’s Cup celebrated our 18th annual race meet and surpassed over $500,000 raised for local charity over those 18 years. All while partying with thousands of our closest friends. I love it. I’m very proud of mom and dad, and what they have done for the local community, even if the community doesn’t know we do it. And it’s ok that our local paper (the Charlotte Observer) doesn’t mention it in the weeks leading up to, or days following the race. In fact, at this point, we’ve decided that word of mouth is our best friend because if people really knew what was going on out in Mineral Springs NC, we would have an unmanageable 100,000 people and not our quaint 15,000.
So with six professional horse races to enjoy on the day, jack russel terrier racing, pony rides, a flyover, a National Guard tank for kids to climb on, great tailgate spreads, fantastic hats, dapper spring clothing and a kick-ass after party to top it off….I’d say our patrons know where the real party is in Charlotte.
As always, thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who braved the weather. Without you, this event CANNOT happen. Thanks to Purple Heart Homes, this year’s charity for whom we raised $35,000, and to the horsemen who make this the best sporting event in the USA!
See you April 26, 2014! (order your tickets here!)
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