In the early 1900s, many Northerners discovered the mild weather and convenient location of Camden and started a wintering trend here. These guests revived Camden’s equestrian activity first begun in 1802 and oversaw the construction of a steeplechase course. Their efforts inaugurated the running of the prestigious Carolina Cup in 1930. Horses have become a sport, business and personal love for Camden over the years.
Springdale Race Course is conveniently located within walking distance to Springdale Hall Club. Two of the most important steeplechases on the yearly calendar – the extremely popular Carolina Cup in the spring and the prestigious Colonial Cup in the autumn are hosted there. More than 60,000 people routinely show up and have a wonderful time at the races. For more information visit www.SpringdaleRacecourse.com
The National Steeplechase Museum is situated on the grounds of historic Springdale Race Course. The museum showcases the sport's history from its beginnings in the British Isles to its evolution in America and features documents, photographs, trophies, memorabilia, interactive exhibits and film, all designed to educate and entertain. For more information visit www.NationalSteeplechaseMuseum.org
The South Carolina Equine Park, opened in 2009 by the South Carolina Equine Promotion Foundation, is a 40-acre equine facility located just outside of Camden at exit 101 off interstate 20.
The park holds events and activities for all breeds and riders, including hunter/jumpers, quarter horses, paint horses, dressage, ranch horse shows, breed shows, and youth events. For more information visit SCEquinePark.com
The Camden Hunt is the second oldest hunt in South Carolina and was recognized by the Master of Foxhound Association in 1926. The hunt maintains a professional huntsman, kennel and between 20 to 25 couple of hounds. Cub hunting begins in early October, and the formal hunt season begins with opening hunt and the blessing of the hounds on Thanksgiving Day. For more information visit www.CamdenHunt.com