Rider Billy Entenmann rides George Phillips , owned by Timber Bay Farms
Carolina Cup Races
South Carolina's largest combined sporting and
social event (it has earned a reputation as "South Carolina's
biggest outdoor cocktail party"), the Carolina Cup Races take place
each spring in Camden, the state's oldest inland town. During its
nearly 70-year history, the Cup Race has hosted well over a million
visitors at the Springdale Race Course and has served as the site
of a yearly reunion of family and friends from all over the
Built in 1930 by Harry Kirkover and Ernest Woodward
specifically for Carolina Cup steeplechase racing over timber
fences, the Springdale Race Course changed permanently to the use
of brush hurdles in 1968. Springdale was the first full length
European style course in the country where all jumps could be
reviewed from the same spot. The course was subsequently owned by
Marion duPont Scott, and, according to her wishes, was donated with
an endowment to the State of South Carolina to ensure the enduring
legacy of the Carolina Cup. In 1961, the Carolina Cup made history
by being televised from WIS-TV in Columbia: the first live
television of steeplechasing in America.
Today, the fashionable spectacle of sport and
sumptuous tailgate picnics draws more than 50,000 enthusiastic fans
who watch as the trumpet calls to post sleek thoroughbreds for a
day of six races.
The project is documented with thirteen 8 x 10
photographs, two mounted photos of the Cup Races crowds from 1931
and 1999, Springdale Race Course brochures, a bumper sticker, two
posters, a book,
The Carolina Cup: 50 Years of Steeplechasing
and Socializing, and two videotapes:
1999 Carolina Cup
Camden, South Carolina, Horse Scenes, 1931. Documentation also includes a program from the 1931 event, an
admission ticket and program from the 1999 Cup Races, photocopies
of the racing cards from 1982-1999, and an invitation to the 68th
Running in on April 1, 2000.
Originally submitted by: Strom Thurmond, Senator.
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