The event that ushers in spring with picnics, sundresses, elegant hats, tailgating, family & friend reunions, and the sounds & sights of thoroughbreds thundering past striving for a win. The Block House is the longest running steeplechase in the state of North Carolina occurring continuously since 1947. Crowds of 18,000 to 20,000 attend the Block House Races annually. The National Steeplechase Association sanctions four of the races with total purses reaching $65,000. An amateur division showcasing local jockeys takes place after the Block House Cup feature race. The day also showcases a varied, equestrian learning experience from Carolina Carriage Club and Paso Fino demonstrations to the Old Tryon Foot Beagles and Hounds.
Please add my name to the mailing to receive an invitation to the event.
Tickets may be purchased over the phone @
(828) 863-0480 , with a credit card and after Feb 15th you may purchase online.
Parking Area Descriptions tells you about the views and turf of the different areas on the course.
The color of the parking rows on the course parking map correspond with the gate to be used by the ticket holder. Click Here and then click on a parking area to see which gate you should enter.
- Gate 1: blue & green passes for some of the hillside parking,
RV’s, buses, sponsors, row T.
- Gate 2: orange, all infield parking except row T.
- Gate 3: red, some hillside, rows W & Y, and Backstretch parking.
- Gate 4: yellow, Backstretch II parking.
Frequently asked questions about the event.
Advertise in the official Block House Program. 3,000 printed and sold at the event. Many attendees save copies as souvenirs. Call TR&HC at (828) 863-0480 or email us at