Many Georgians were dismayed when it was announced earlier this year that the famed Atlanta Steeplechase would be closing its doors after 52 years. They didn’t have to wallow for long though — the event is back under new ownership and a new name: the Georgia Steeplechase of Atlanta.

The event, centered around what is essentially a horseback obstacle course, has been a local tradition for over half a century. Sanctioned by the National Steeplechase Association, Georgia’s version features top jockeys and their thoroughbred horses converging on the Peach State from around the world. More than just an equestrian event, it is a social gathering featuring parties, live music, shopping and, of course, the Parade of Hats.

Held in its classic location near Rome, the Georgia Steeplechase has revived the event with even more local flair including a ‘Food Truck Furlong’ to satisfy guests’ hunger and a ‘Vineyard Row’ featuring wines from around the state.

The Georgia Steeplechase will be held on April 7th, 2018, with proceeds benefiting the Atlanta Boys and Girls Club, Trinity Rescue, and Must Ministries Summer Lunch Program. Look for tickets to go on sale soon.

Cobb County businessman Anthony Scott Hobbs and his wife Phoebe and a group of backers deserve credit for resurrecting the Steeplechase and reorganizing it as a viable year-round business operation. Companies interested in sponsoring the race may contact Phoebe Hobbs at the Georgia Steeplechase. Tickets for the event will go on sale soon.

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