QUEEN’S CUP FOUNDERS ANNOUNCE RETIREMENT ALONG WITH PLAN TO ENSURE THIS ANNUAL CHARLOTTE TRADITION WILL LIVE ON
Charlotte Steeplechase Foundation and Dream On 3 Team Up To Ensure the Future of Charlotte’s Ever Popular Annual Horse Race
For Release July 28, 2023 (Charlotte, NC) – Founders of the Charlotte Steeplechase Foundation and the annual Queen’s Cup Steeplechase announced at a recent board meeting their intention to retire from their roles on the board of directors immediately, and from all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the organization after the transition is complete in April 2024. Since 1995 when both were founded, Bill and Carrington Price have dedicated their lives to creating and growing a worldclass sporting event, now attracting 15,000 patrons to a 300+ acre farm located just outside Charlotte in historic Mineral Springs, North Carolina. They have certainly seen their dream come to life as the event has become one of the most anticipated events in the Charlotte area.
The difficult decision to step away from the board was made easier for the Prices knowing that a well-constructed plan was in place to protect the event and preserve the love of horse racing while simultaneously benefitting a charitable organization. Thanks to a newly formed partnership between the Charlotte Steeplechase Foundation and Charlotte based non-profit Dream On 3, the Queen’s Cup Steeplechase will for years remain a pillar of the Charlotte sports community and the National Steeplechase Association, the sanctioning body of American Jump Racing.
Carrington Price, Co-Founder and Co-Race Chair of the Queen’s Cup stated, “Having grown up in Maryland where jump racing is a long-standing spring tradition for both our families and so many others, we decided to bring that same family tradition to the Charlotte region.”’ Bill Price, Co-Founder and Co-Race Chair with Carrington, went on to say, “Nearly thirty years later, it’s time to pass the baton to the next generation who will nurture the Queen’s Cup as we have done since our first race in 1995. We’re confident Dream On 3 will carry on the Queen’s Cup tradition and the “Thrill of the ‘Chase”.
Dream On 3 (DO3), a national non-profit founded and headquartered in Charlotte, NC makes sports dreams come true for local children and young adults, ages 5-21, who are living with life-altering medical conditions. Celebrating 10 years of making dreams come true this year, Dream On 3 has changed lives around the country by creating life-changing sports experiences for those when they need it most. Athletes included in their Dream experiences include Steph Curry, Tom Brady, Simone Biles, John Cena, Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Judge, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and many more. Since their inception, over 200 Dreams have been realized. Dream On 3 has quickly grown across the country with new “Communities” operating in Georgia, D.C., and Denver. “We could not be more honored or excited to become a part of this historic event. Our roots run deep in Charlotte as this is where we were founded and where our first Dreams came true. We respect the deep history and prestige of the Queen’s Cup, and we cannot wait to honor what Bill and Carrington have created. Through this partnership with the Charlotte Steeplechase Foundation, we have been able to assemble a team that is committed to protecting this important piece of our community’s culture” says Dream On 3 Co-Founder, Brandon Lindsey.
The Charlotte Steeplechase 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. The Foundation has gifted over one million dollars to local charities since its inception.
“While we will certainly miss Bill and Carrington’s leadership on the board, we are excited that they will now be able to experience the fullness of the event that they’ve created as loyal patrons. Our commitment is to honor their vision by protecting this very important piece of our community’s culture. We believe that a partnership with Dream On 3 provides the perfect opportunity for both organizations to fulfill their shared mission of serving this community” says Charlotte Steeplechase Foundation’s Board Chair, Brian McManus.
Queens Cup Sponsorship packages will be available beginning August 1st. For more information, please visit www.queenscup.org.
About Dream On 3 (DO3)
DO3 is a national 501c3 organization headquartered in Charlotte, NC with chapters serving the Carolinas, Colorado, Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland and Georgia. The organization celebrates their 10th Anniversary in 2023 and has recently announced plans for additional chapters across the country. The organization makes sports-themed “dreams” come true for kids and teens living with terminal and life-altering medical conditions including those with mental health challenges and intellectual disabilities.
About Charlotte Steeplechase Foundation
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’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.