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The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens

Saturday, November 4, 2017

A Callaway Gardens tradition on the first Saturday of every November, the Steeplechase features thoroughbreds racing through woodland surroundings, plus pony rides, a foxhound parade, a hat contest and much more. Steeplechase beneficiaries include the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation and its mission of environmental conservation, education and land stewardship.

Overnight Packages:  Call 1.800.852.3810 or click on one of the following packages to reserve online
The Steeplechase Bed & Breakfast Package WITH Tickets
The Steeplechase Bed & Breakfast Package WITHOUT Tickets (Because you already have them - tickets are required.)

Event Tickets Only: Visit or call 706.324.6252. Tickets and parking passes for both the Infield and individual seats in Terrace Boxes are available for purchase in the lobby of The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens and the Mountain Creek Inn.

First-timers?  It's a full day of fun.

Infield spectators will want to bring tailgate supplies (coolers, lunches, blankets and chairs). Terrace Box spectators will have a chair provided.

There will be food available for purchase in the Infield at Taste of the Chase. 

And, there are three options for transportation:
            1)  Purchase a parking pass to drive all the way into the Infield for convenient access to your tailgating supplies.
            2)  Drive your person vehicle to the site and use the complimentary Steeplechase shuttle to the Infield.
            3)  Drive your personal vehicle, use the complimentary Callaway Gardens shuttle to the site and the complimentary Steeplechase shuttle to the Infield.

Please note: If you purchase a parking pass to drive into the infield, vehicles should not exceed 7ft in height. ATVs are stictly forbidden. 

Have more questions, please feel free to inquire.  1.800.852.3810

2017 Race Day Activities

10:00 AM

—Front Gate Opens

Souvenir Tents open (TSYS Infield and TITAN Pavilion)

Purchase your raffle ticket for a chance to win a $5000 Trip Voucher to ANYWHERE thanks to Columbus Travel and Frances Boyce.  Tickets are $100 each.

10: 30 AM

—Entertainment and Taste of the Chase opens (TSYS Infield)

Kids Corral- Inflatables, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Arts, Crafts, and more (wristband can be purchased for $10 at Kids Corral Entrance)

Rock Climbing, Bungee Jumping, Moonwalk, Face Painting, Pony Rides

Guarantor Tent Opens

11:00 AM

—Ledger Enquirer “Best Decorated” Terrace Box Competition

11:30 AM

—Guarantor Luncheon served (Guarantor Tent — Terrace Area)

—Jack Russell Terrier Flat Race (Terrier Track — TSYS Infield)

Race Director’s Welcome — Mitchi Wade (The Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital Winners’ Circle)

Presentation of Lampton Bronze Award honoring Volunteer(s) (The Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital Winners’ Circle)


—Presentation of Colors (The Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital Winners’ Circle)

National Anthem


12:00 PM

—Race A — Pony Race

—PMB Tailgate Competition judging begins at 12:05pm.  Wave when you see the 103.7 Lite FM van on patrol!

—Race B — Junior Hunter Race

1:00 PM

—First NSA Sanctioned Race

— Southern Living Hat Contest

  Categories are: “Most Whimsical,” “Most Beautiful,” “Best Children’s Hat.”


Stick Pony Race Registration Begins and is located at The Officials Tower

1:15 PM

—Stick Pony Race — Ages 4 and Under — Race Track in front of Officials Tower

1:30 PM

—Second NSA Sanctioned Race

1:45 PM

—Stick Pony Race — Ages 5 through 7 (Track in front of Officials Tower)

Hat Contest — Announcement of Winners and Parade

  (Track and The Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital Winners’ Circle)

2:00 PM

—Third NSA Sanctioned Race

2:15 PM

—Stick Pony Race — Ages 8 through 10 (Terrier Track — TSYS Infield)

—Ledger Enquirer “Best Decorated” Terrace Box Competition — Winner announced (The stage at the Titan Pavilion)

2:30 PM

—Fourth NSA Sanctioned Race

2:40 PM

—Stick Pony Race Winners’ Lap (The Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital Winner’s Circle)

3:00 PM

—Fifth NSA Sanctioned Race

3:30 PM

—Raffle Drawing — Winner Announced (The Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital Winners’ Circle)

4:00 PM