The Queen's Cup

The Queen’s Cup Is More than a Sporting & Social Event,
it’s a Charity Fundraiser

Since 1996, the Charlotte Steeplechase Foundation, Inc., the organizing sponsor of the event, has donated over $1,000,000 to local and regional charities. Your attendance means the Foundation has that much more to donate to those in the community who need it most.

Make a tax-deductible charitable donation.


The Event

The Queen’s Cup is like no other sporting and social event in the Charlotte region. The last Saturday in April in the Piedmont countryside each spring is greeted with great anticipation.

Thousands come to see some of the most athletic thoroughbreds compete at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. The jockeys, dressed in bright-colored silks, push their sleek steeds to clear four-and-a-half-foot jumps over a two-and-a-quarter to as much as three miles of rolling turf course. The prestige of $150,000 in purse money to the winning owners and the opportunity to bask in the glory of the winner’s circle is what it’s all about from the horse’s connections.

The Queen’s Cup offers breathtaking views of the entire racecourse from the Lawn Boxes and Hospitality Tents on Member’s Hill to key tailgating spots throughout the entire racecourse. For the first time in steeplechase history, “Personal Space Licenses” (PSL’s) are being offered to our race patrons so that you and your family can enjoy your very own (and the same) Lawn Box or Tailgating Space for generations to come. Over $785,000 in PSLs have been sold to date!

CSF Mission Statement

The Queen’s Cup Steeplechase Races is managed and organized by the federally recognized 501c3 nonprofit organization the Charlotte Steeplechase Foundation, Inc. The Foundation produces and manages an annual world-class social and professional sporting venue promoting the sport and spirit of thoroughbred jump racing throughout the Carolinas. The Foundation is made up of a diverse board of directors responsible for supporting and promoting the annual event along with assuming a fiduciary responsibility to the public foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to ensure the financial stability of the annual race meet while supporting local non-profit organizations by way of contributions from which it partners. Since the venue’s spring inception in 1996, the Foundation has raised over $1 million for its partner charities. Net proceeds from the annual race also ensure that the land and grounds, placed in a permanent land conservation easement, continue to be maintained and improved upon for future events. Through its year-round work and the annual production of the Queen’s Cup, the Foundation also relies heavily on generous contributions and donations from individuals and corporations who recognize the importance of maintaining the event in perpetuity.

Why Attend the Queen’s Cup?

The Queen’s Cup is held on the grounds of Brooklandwood® which prides itself on providing first class racing in a unique and inspiring setting. Race Partners, their guests and racegoers alike over the years have enjoyed not only fantastic hospitality and scenery but you’ll experience some of the highest level of steeplechase racing anywhere in the United States. Attending the Queen’s Cup is a wonderful way to ring in spring! The Queen’s Cup is always the last Saturday in April, when the weather in Charlotte is typically warm and the flowers are in bloom, fragrantly scenting the air. The smell of freshly cut green grass, the warm sun, and a sense of peace and renewal fills the atmosphere.

Since 1996, families, friends and regional corporations enjoy reconnecting and socializing at the Queen’s Cup, which has long been known for bringing people together. Children love seeing the majestic and athletic horses up close – adults do too! Kids can even ride ponies themselves! Tailgating contests, live music and delicious food offerings create high-energy – a fun atmosphere that makes you appreciate life and glad you came out to see for yourself what the Queen’s Cup is all about you get to experience five live thoroughbred races, all featuring beautiful and athletic horses, galloping over two and more miles at 30 mph, thundering full speed to be the first place winner. This is professional horse racing in the highest order.