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Cup fences to get the brush off from CCRA this fall
Colonial Cup jumps victim of cost-cutting measures
MIXED UP SENDS PIECES of pine brush from the Colonial Cup fence flying into the air as he and Danielle Hodsdon head up the home stretch in last falls Colonial Cup. The chase was the final Camden fall classic to be contested over the packed-brush fences. - photo by Tom Didato
Before horses jumped over the 17 Colonial Cup fences for a portion of the $100,000 purse in the Camden fall classic steeplechase, as well as for a purse which sometimes swelled to six figures for the 14-fence spring Carolina Cup, the Carolina Cup Racing Association (CCRA) had already sunk some $30,000 into the gathering, building and the maintenance of the packed-brush jumps which were used for two chases on the Colonial Cup card and one in the spring. Averaging $10,000 per race per year, CCRA director and retired champion steeplechase jockey Jeff Teter told the organization that the two events were not getting enough bang for their respective buck when it came to races being run over the Colonial Cup course and its unique fences. After several years of the issue having been raised as to the cost-effectiveness of contesting just three races a year over the Colonial Cup fences, the CCRA relented and agreed to change fences to the more popular National fences at last month’s meeting.